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[[caption-width-right:187:''[[EarWorm Jeepers Creepers, where'd ya get those peepers?..]]'']]

''Jeepers Creepers'' is a 2001 horror/monster movie directed by Victor Salva, and starring Justin Long, Gina Philips and Jonathan Breck. [[TitledAfterTheSong It takes its name from the song "Jeepers Creepers"]], which features in the movie.

The movie centers around two siblings, Darius "Darry" and Patricia "Trish" Jenner, as they take the scenic route home from college in Trish's [[TheAllegedCar banged-up old car]], and their strange and frightening encounter on the lonely highway with what seems to be a [[DrivesLikeCrazy crazed, obnoxious driver]] of an ominous green truck, who attempts to run them off the road. Later, from a distance, they witness the driver of the truck, dumping what appears to be bodies wrapped in bloodstained bags down a pipe, adjacent to an abandoned church. Seeing them, the driver of the truck engages the two in a terrifying road chase, but they manage to escape. Darry, against Trish's wishes, decides to go and investigate the old church in case there may be someone alive, only to make a horrific discovery. Much later, they discover that the driver of the truck is not initially as he seems...

The movie was a surprise success, and was nominated for several awards, winning one of them. A 2003 sequel, ''Jeepers Creepers 2'', followed, which wasn't as well received as its predecessor. A third movie, ''Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral'' (previously thought to be titled ''The Creeper Walks Among Us'') - and possibly a fourth movie - have since been announced by MGM, but currently seems to be stuck in DevelopmentHell. Interestingly, the script for the third movie apparently [[WordOfGod sets up a TV series]].

'''Unmarked spoilers below''' (for those of you who still don't know the identity of the truck driver), be warned.
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[[folder:Both films contain examples of]]

* AppendageAssimilation: The Creeper kidnaps people, takes whatever body parts of theirs he wants, and then leaves them to die.
* BadassLongcoat: The Creeper wears one.
* BigBad: The Creeper.
* BlackComedy: A few scenes with the Creeper. See EvilIsFunny below.
* BlessedWithSuck: Jezelle. She makes it clear that she hates having horrific dreams and visions and not knowing why she has the abilities she does. Minxie could also qualify.
* BodyHorror
* CannibalismSuperpower
* CaptainErsatz: The Creeper sometimes looks a bit like [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] (mostly because of the deformed body and [[NiceHat hat]]).
* CreepyCrows: Lots of crows are drawn to the Creeper's lair in the church basement, [[spoiler:and the other lair he sets up in an abandoned factory.]] Crows are also present whenever the Creeper is around in the sequel.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In many cases, the Creeper removes the desired organs/appendages while the unfortunate victim is still alive, then leaves them to die a slow, agonising death.
* {{Determinator}}: The Creeper. He'll stop at '''''nothing''''' to catch his prey! Even if he's [[spoiler: lost both of his wings, an arm and a leg]] he'll '''still''' go to any lengths to catch whoever has something he likes! Of course, given that he needs the people he's chasing to replace damaged parts, it makes sense that injury would only make him more determined, not less.
* DownerEnding / ShootTheShaggyDog: The first movie, but not the second movie (which ends on a somewhat open-ended and [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] note).
* DrivesLikeCrazy: The Creeper.
* EvilIsFunny: The Creeper, although relentless and frightening, is also shown to have [[BlackComedy a twisted sense of humour]], such as the scene in the first movie with him suddenly remembering to throw the head into the truck, and a scene in the second movie when he's choosing which of the teens he wants to eat. Then there's his VanityLicensePlate...
* EyeScream:
** The Creeper [[spoiler:removes and eats Darry's eyes, in order to gain use of them - while Darry is still alive. The last scene shows a close up of a deceased Darry with his eyes removed, with the Creeper looking through the gouged hole in the back of his head.]]
** In the sequel, The Creeper himself gets a ''javelin'' right through the eye, and sticking out the back of his head.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Well, you'll die eventually, but only after the Creeper is done removing your organs.
* ForTheEvulz: At first The Creeper seems like he kills to feed himself, thus attemping to survive. However seeing all the tortures he likes to inflict to his victims it's clear he does it for pure sadistic fun at the same time.
* FullFrontalAssault: The Creeper is completely naked at the climax of both films. [[BarbieDollAnatomy He doesn't have any visible genitalia]], however.
* GenreSavvy: After running the Creeper over in Trish's car:
-->'''Darry''': "Is he dead?"
-->'''Trish''': ''(preparing to run the Creeper over again)'' "[[OnceIsNotEnough They never are]]."
** Earlier:
-->'''Trish''': "You know the part in scary movies when somebody [[TooDumbToLive does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it]]? This is it."
** Jack Sr. in the second film, after the Creeper is wounded, proceeds to stab it over and over again until it finally stops moving (though only because its time is up). Then he nails it to his barn and waits for the next time it wakes up, just to be sure.
* {{Gorn}}
* HeroicBSOD: Darry has one after discovering the Creeper's lair, having become horribly shaken and disturbed by what he has seen.
** Jack Sr., after his youngest son is taken. He eventually snaps out of it and goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* HillbillyHorrors
* {{Leitmotif}}: "[[{{Earworm}} Jeepers, creepers, where'd you get those peepers?...]]"
** The first film has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzwQFIg-A-M Trish and Darry's Theme]]", which is heard throughout the film and makes the DownerEnding all the more poignant.
* MadArtist: The Creeper does some very, um, creative things with his victim's remains. Not only does he sew the corpses together into a twisted kind of tapestry, he also makes some of his weapons from human remains, such as his throwing stars. [[note]]The first one seen is made of bone and melted down dental filling, with a single tooth for decoration, the second one is made of bone and Darry's belly button.[[/note]] He also has a talent for carving, as evidenced by his little self-portrait carved into his work table, and the intricately-carved designs on the hilt of one of his knives.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent:
** The scene near the beginning of the first movie, with the truck coming closer and closer...
** Later, when Darry and Trish argue about the song on the car radio, while the Creeper standing upright on the roof of the police car is visible behind them through the rear window.
** When Darry is in the church basement and bends over to tie his shoe, you can clearly see several of the Creeper's victims' bodies pinned to the walls and ceiling before he notices them. A few seconds earlier, if one looks closely, some bodies can be seen in the darkness before this reveal.
** In the sequel, as the other characters look away, the audience witnesses the Coach suddenly get snatched by the Creeper into the sky, leaving only his flare behind.
** In the sequel before the creeper jumps on the front of the bus you can see the a silhouette of the creeper behind the back door.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: There are many times more male than female victims in these movies.
* NiceHat: The Creeper often wears a wide-brimmed hat to help hide his inhuman features.
* NighInvulnerability: The Creeper practically ''defines'' this trope. No matter how much abuse he takes, he always gets back up again to kick some serious ass. Of course, he does get weaker the more damage he takes, but he is still highly dangerous even with a limb missing or part of his head destroyed. Heck, in ''Jeepers Creepers 2'', even after having part of his head utterly destroyed, he's still not dead.
-->'''Jezelle''': "I think it's eaten too many hearts... for its own to ever stop."
* NobodyPoops: Averted - Darry and Trish stop to pee in a field on the way home, and several male characters from the second movie stop to take a leak when the bus stops due to a puncture for the first time. Interestingly, according to WordOfGod, Justin Long (Darry) was actually peeing for real in the former scene, and Salva just decided to ThrowItIn.
* NumberedSequels
* OffWithHisHead: Happens to Gideon in the first film, and to Dante in the second. There's also the [[UrbanLegend tale]] of the prom couple Kenny and Darla: "They never found her head." [[spoiler:Darry later discovers that she did indeed lose her head - and the Creeper sewed it back on.]]
* OhCrap: Darry and Trish have a great OhCrap moment when they see the Creeper's face for the first time and realize that he isn't human.
** At the beginning of the second movie, Billy gets one when he looks at one of the scarecrow's feet and sees claws...
** When the students finally venture out of the bus, and one of them looks up to see the Creeper hovering in the skies above them.
* OnceIsNotEnough: Subverted. While once is not enough (being hit with a car, being stabbed with a harpoon, etc), really, neither is any other amount of times. It will never stay down. Though damaging it enough ''will'' slow him down at least.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Darry and Trish are very rarely referred to as Darius and Patricia. The sequel has Deaundre "Double D" Davis and Andy "Bucky" Buck.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Although it's never made clear if the Creeper is an actual demon or not.
* PickyPeopleEater: The Creeper.
* PsychicPowers: Jezelle, whose powers are the subject of much skepticism by the other characters (at least initially). Minxie from the second movie also develops them, and is plagued with dreams/visions of [[spoiler: Darry]] telling her about the nature of the Creeper.
* RegularlyScheduledEvil
* TheReptilians: The Creepers appears somewhat like this.
* TheReveal: That the driver of the truck is actually the Creeper, and is very, very far from a [[AxCrazy crazed human]] SerialKiller, but that he is an ancient demon that feeds on human beings (and then preserves their corpses as a form of art). He grows more and more monstrous as the film goes on, shedding clothes and revealing more of his horrifying anatomy.
** Also, when the end of the film reveals which sibling the Creeper wanted all along: [[spoiler:Darry (and his eyes)]].
* RuleOfScary / RuleOfCool: The Creeper can sew, carve, knows mechanics and about license plates... When you think about it, it doesn't make much sense...
** In the second movie, it's hinted that the Creeper has been around for thousands of years. That's plenty of time for him to learn about, well, EVERYTHING.
** Or maybe when he eats someone's brain, he absorbs their memories. A seamstress for sewing, a mechanic for mechanics, etc.
* SayMyName: "DARRY!"
** "BILLY!"
*** "SCOTTY!"
* ScaryScarecrows: The Creeper poses himself as the scarecrow in the Cat Lady's yard. Then disguises as one in Jack Sr.'s cornfield in the second film. Which is creepy as hell.
* ShoutOut: Creator/StevenSpielberg's ''Film/{{Duel}}'', from the "bumper-cam" shots of the truck riding their tail to the line about the truck being "souped up." The truck is also the same style as the killer truck in Spielberg's film.
** In the sequel, Jack Sr.'s original line when stabbing the Creeper was [[MobyDick "From hell's heart I stab at thee!"]] The test audience [[{{Narm}} laughed at it though]], so it was axed.
* SlasherSmile: The Creeper does this quite frequently.
* SuperStrength: The Creeper is way stronger than something of its build should be. In the second film, it's able to drag (and then flip) a pickup truck while in-flight, having been speared by a (presumably quite heavy) harpoon launcher bolted to the back.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill
* ToServeMan: The Creepers feasts on human beings every 23 years, for 23 days. However, he only eats parts of them that smell good to him (he possesses an incredible sense of smell), or parts of them that will regenerate something of his that he has lost.
* VillainSong: ''Jeepers creepers, where'd you get those peepers...?''[[note]]The Creeper doesn't actually sing it, but he whistles it.[[/note]]
* TheVoiceless: The Creeper (the only noises he makes are primal cries and grunts), although a deleted scene does reveal that he is capable of human speech, and confirms Darry's fear that the Creeper does indeed know his name.
** There was also, apparently, a scene planned for the sequel in which the Creeper was to be heard speaking, although that scene was never filmed.
** He's also heard whistling the song "Jeepers Creepers" in the first movie.
* WallCrawl: The Creeper is capable of this.
* WaxMuseumMorgue: The Creeper's assorted lairs. He decorates them with the preserved corpses of his victims, stitching them together and attaching them to the walls and ceiling.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It is never made entirely clear if the Cat Lady died as a result of being attacked by the Creeper, or if she survived.
** In the second movie, we never find out the final fates of Izzy or Rhonda, as well as Kimball and the rest of the students (unnamed) who fled from the Creeper after leaving the bus.
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[[folder:The first movie contains examples of]]

* ActingForTwo: A minor example. Jonathan Breck, who plays the Creeper, also appears as one of the cops towards the end of the film.
* TheAllegedCar: Trish's car.
* AlmostDeadGuy/ FamousLastWords: Just before we lose the Dying Boy, he whispers something into Darry's ear, apparently "Hide".
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "What if it was ''you'' back there?"
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Darry ends up being taken by the Creeper at the end.]]
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: Trish tries her damnedest to convince the Creeper to take her instead of Darry. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* {{Bowdlerise}}: For some reason, some versions of the film omit [[spoiler:Darry's screams]] from the final scene. They can, however, be heard if the Director's Commentary is on.
* CannibalLarder: After the Creeper [[CannibalismSuperpower cannibalizes his victims for body parts]], he takes them to a hidden lair where he props up the corpses into a depraved piece of artwork by preserving them and [[TrophyRoom mounting them on the walls]]. Darry is [[HeroicBSOD borderline catatonic]] after witnessing this.
* CarFu
* CrazyCatLady: The Cat Lady, of course!
* CreatorCameo: Victor Salva briefly appears as one of the corpses in the church basement. Later, an old photo of his serves as the album cover for the "Jeepers Creepers" vinyl in Jezelle's house.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Subverted. [[spoiler:Darry would have died even if he hadn't checked out the church basement.]]
* CurseOfTheAncients: Very much averted with the Cat Lady.
-->''I'll blow your fuckin' head off!''
* DeadpanSnarker: Both Trish and Darry have their moments.
* DiesWideShut: The boy Darry finds in the church basement.
* DomesticAbuser: Trish's (only mentioned; never seen) ex-boyfriend is implied to have been one towards her.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Justin Long and Gina Phillips didn't see the Creeper truck for the first time until they were on-set. In addition, Jonathan Breck made sure he didn't meet either of them until they were all on-set together.
* [[EvilDetectingDog Evil Detecting Cats]]
* FinalGirl: Trish.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Jezelle, while looking right at [[spoiler:Darry]]:
--> It eats lungs, so it can breathe. And [[spoiler:eyes]]... so it can [[spoiler:see]]...
** The lyrics to the song "Jeepers Creepers" itself foreshadow [[spoiler:Darry's fate]] heavily.
** The carving of what appears to be some kind of demon in the worktable. At first, it could be interpreted that it is the work of a serial killer who worships the devil. Later, it becomes clear that it's a self-portrait.
* FromBadToWorse: Darry and Trish think that being run off the road by a maniac in a truck is bad initially. From that point on, things do indeed get much, much worse for them, and it never really stops.
* GameFace: The Creepers does this at the end [[spoiler: to intimidate the cops, just before he flies off with Darry]].
* GroinAttack: What the Cat Lady does to Darry. With the butt of her shotgun. Owww.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Trish attempts one when she begs the Creeper to let Darry go and [[TakeMeInstead take her instead]]. It doesn't work.]]
* IncestIsRelative: Darry calls Pertwilla County, Florida the "Incest Capital of the World". In addition, he assumes it's what was wrong with the mad driver at first.
* {{Jerkass}}: Trish comes across this way with regards to how she treats Jezelle.
* JumpScare: The first blare of the truck's horn. Also, the scene following Darry's discovery in the church basement - [[spoiler:Trish desperately attempts to start her car after she sees what she initially thinks is the Creeper truck returning to the church, only to slump back, relieved, when it turns out to be a different vehicle. Cue Darry suddenly slamming himself against the car window, completely scaring the crap out of Trish (and the audience).]]
** The moment when Darry discovers what he assumes to be a corpse in the basement... then the "corpse" suddenly starts thrashing around.
** The rats.
* ALoveToDismember: Subverted. What the Creeper does to Gideon's severed head initially ''looks'' like this, but it turns out he's dining on the poor guy's tongue.
* MyCarHatesMe
* NeverMessWithGranny: The aptly-named Cat Lady, to an extent - she may be old and frail, but she certainly isn't afraid of whipping out her shotgun to deal with anyone who trespasses on her property (and those who threaten her "babies"). [[spoiler:Although she proves to be less than a match for the Creeper.]]
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Trish and Darry are very, very bored at the start of the movie. Things soon heat up, however...
* NothingIsScarier: Used many times, to great effect. A good example would be the first MeaningfulBackgroundEvent of the Creeper truck coming up behind Trish's car - it looms up on her and Darry quickly and silently, and there is no music score.
* PoliceAreUseless: Both averted and played straight.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Some lines were deliberately intended to imply that Trish is the doomed sibling to throw off the viewers. As it turns out, Darry is the one who dies.]]
* RunningGag: Darry's jockey shorts, dyed pink in a college prank.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: The Cat Lady.
* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring: Averted in the sense that the siblings' vanity-plate-decryption highway game actually becomes relevant to the plot when they try it on the Creeper truck.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The titular song, as well as Henry Hall's "Here Comes the Boogeyman" during the credits.
* TheStinger: After the credits of the first movie, there is a quick shot of the Creeper truck, horn blasting, driving across the road.
* SuddenlyVoiced: A deleted scene revealed the Creeper can talk.
* TakeMeInstead: [[spoiler:Trish tearfully begs the Creeper to take her instead of Darry, but, after some consideration, he goes with his original choice]].
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: A working title for the film was "Here comes the Boogeyman."
* TitledAfterTheSong
* TogetherInDeath: A more twisted example than most: [[spoiler:Kenny and Darla's preserved corpses, as a part of the Creeper's human tapestry, are tightly holding hands.]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Darry. Oh Darry, why did you have to insist your sister turn that car around?]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The theatrical trailer completely gives away the fact that the Creeper is... not human. Additionally, the end of the trailer shows a shot of [[spoiler:the Creeper about to take off with Darry.]] It's only show for a split second, but still...
* UnhappyMedium: Jezelle Gay Hartman.
* UrbanLegend: The tale of Wheaton Valley High students Kenny and Darla - which Darry later discovers to be true.
* UselessSuperpowers: Subverted: Even though Jezelle's powers can't do anything to actually help you or anybody for the matter, at least it'll let you know how [[FridgeHorror how horrible your death will be]] by the hands of the Creeper.
* VanityLicensePlate: The Creeper's license plate reads BEATNGU. Darry (incorrectly) guesses the meaning as "Beating you" - [[StealthPun it's actually]] [[spoiler:"Be Eating You"]].
* VolleyingInsults: Trish and Darry occasionally engage in this, playfully.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: The Creeper's 1941 Chevy COE is old, seriously beat-up and crappy-looking (not to mention creepy as hell), but it can effortlessly catch up to Trish's car. It is strongly implied to have a souped-up engine.[[note]](Speculated to be the result of a 383 chevy crate motor with a supercharger)[[/note]]
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Rats?]]: It seems likely that Darry may have a fear of rats, if his reaction to seeing a load of them in the pipe is anything to go by.
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Izzy, perhaps.
* AssholeVictim: ''No one'' is going to miss Scott.
* AudienceSurrogate: Bucky.
* BadassNormal: Jack Sr. is a humble farmer who willingly pits himself against an immortal monster.
* BigDamnHeroes: Jack Sr. turns up to save the day at the end.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: After the Creeper regenerates his head, he turns and looks right at the audience.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler:Darry]].
* CoolOldGuy: Jack Taggart Sr.
* DeathByPragmatism: DoubleSubversion for Scott. He vacillates back and forth on a variety of self-serving plans trying to figure out if it's safer to stay on the bus or make a break for it. Inevitably, the plan he finally decides on benefits everyone but him.
* DeathByRacism: Scott, although his racism is only implied.
* DecoyProtagonist: Jack Sr., who is only in the film for about twenty minutes and doesn't do much [[BigDamnHeroes until the ending]]. His name isn't even mentioned.
* EvilDetectingDog: Mac.
* HarpoonGun: Used by Jack Sr.
* IdiotBall: Held firmly by a good number of the students throughout the entire movie.
* InfantImmortality: Averted -- The ''very first thing'' we see is a young child being snatched away. However, his actual death isn't depicted on-screen.
* ItsPersonal: After having his son, Billy, killed by the Creeper, Jack Sr. is utterly determined to track down and kill it. His older son, Jack Jr., also wants to avenge the death of his brother.
* JerkJock: Scott from the second movie, who, in addition to being a {{Jerkass}} to absolutely everyone (including his own girlfriend), is very heavily implied to be racist and homophobic. [[DeathByRacism No prizes for guessing what his eventual fate is]].
* LetsSplitUpGang: Done when the protagonists are running away from The Creeper. Subverted when the guy who suggested it is the only one to do it and is promptly caught.
* {{Macgyvering}}: Jack Sr.'s ImprovisedWeapon is cobbled together from a harpoon, a winch, and a heavy duty post-driver.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Jack Sr. and his older son go on one after the Creeper takes Billy.
* StealthPun: Izzy - Or isn't he?
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: DoubleSubversion -- After much consideration, the students decide to get off the bus and make a run for it. [[OhCrap Then they see the Creeper.]] They all try to get back on the bus, but can't because the one person who stayed on locked them out. So they go with their original plan and run away.
* TemptingFate: Two of the jocks make fun of the Creeper's wings. Guess what happens to them.
* VerticalKidnapping: The Creeper does this a few times early on.
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* DeadGuyJunior: According to the synopsis for the upcoming third film, [[spoiler:Trish has a son named after Darry.]]
* DevelopmentHell: Seems to be stuck here.
* {{Flashback}}: To the Creeper's hunts in [[TheWildWest The Old West]].
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