When Jeepers Creepers was released in 2001 it was welcomed by horror fans as The Creeper was the first original horror icon for a considerable amount of time. Fans who loved Freddy, Jason and Leatherface had to be content with sequels, reruns and reboots, so it was great to see a new antagonist monster that they could get invested in.
The film told the story of a creature who hunts for twenty-three days every twenty-three years in order to collect human organs to replace its own. Staring Justin Long in his first big role after impressing Director Victor Salva in Galaxy Quest, the film also introduced Jonathan Breck, who brought The Creeper to life in a truly terrifying way.
The opening scene has gone down as a moment of unforgettable classic horror, similar to the introduction to Jaws. It starts off innocuously, then builds the tension from an unknown attacker, showing you the anger and ferocity of The Creeper before we have seen him or know anything about him. The the terror is maintained throughout the film, as you are never entirely sure what his motives are beyond random victim selection, and little is revealed about his origins.
With Jeepers Creepers 3 cut to a fill in the timeline between the first and second films, it is rumoured that Salva's planned sequel and conclusion to the twenty-three day cycle is in production for Jeepers Creepers 4. Let's have a look back at some things you may not know about the film that started it all.