Movie Review: JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

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JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 was written and directed by Victor Salva and stars Ray Wise, Eric Nenninger, Nicki Aycox, Tom Tarantini, Marieh Delfino, Thom Gossom Jr., Diane Delano with Justin Long and Jonathan Breck who returns as the Creeper.

For 23 days every 23rd spring it gets to eat. This 2003 sequel continues following this ancient demon that feeds on humans for 23 days every 23rd spring. Let’s call it hunting season for the Creeper! The opening scene sets everything up when farmer Jack Taggart’s (Ray Wise) youngest son becomes the latest victim of this mysterious monster that leaves the farmer obsessed with revenge. Meanwhile, a school bus full of jocks and cheerleaders is headed home after a ball game and gets crippled by the Creeper and his homemade throwing stars made of flesh and bone. The Creeper begins picking out its prey one victim at a time and even though the small group try to fight back, they discover that no matter what they do to this figure and how bad they injure it, it’s able to heal and even regenerate body parts.

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While the group’s numbers slowly diminish, the vengeful farmer and his oldest son learn of what’s happening by intercepting a distress call so they make their way to the location where this horrifying nightmare is taking place. The farmer is armed with his “Post-Puncher 500” which is a homemade harpoon gun that he created just in case he ever crossed paths with the Creeper again. Once the two arrive on the scene it doesn’t take long for the excitement to begin and the Creeper’s carnage ultimately comes to an end. Of course we get a few more kills along the way to the thrilling conclusion.

Okay, while the first movie blew me away when I first watched it, this one had to grow on me. Sure, I went to the theater to see it when it was released but it was just so different from the first one that I had to give it a second chance – and I’m glad I did! Fast forward so many years later and this horror sequel has truly earned its spot right next to the first one. The story is completely different but still a lot of fun. There’s so much more action in this sequel that also reveals a few more tricks and treats from the Creeper. Sure, the school bus had some unlikable characters but the Creeper took care of them for us. The only thing that was missing was that creepy truck! BEATNGU. A bigger budget means more special effects, blood and gore and this one delivered! We get to see the Creeper fly a lot this time as well as replace/regenerate some body parts. There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding this ancient creature but we get a few steps closer in this sequel.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the all-new artwork by Justin Osbourn that you see up top and the back includes movie details, an image and the impressive list of special features. The reverse sleeve features the original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick which cover you want to use. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the discs, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, Jeepers Creepers 2 was a fun way to follow up the awesome 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of the first movie. Victor Salva came with a fun follow up that had to grow on me in the beginning but it’s right there close to the first one now. The story was completely different from the first movie but it simply continues the feeding frenzy that has been going on for 23 days, just with a new group of characters. You could tell this sequel had a bigger budget by all of the special effects used in it and they didn’t hold anything back here plus it all looked great. It’s a shame that as scary cool of a character as the Creeper is that we’ve only gotten two movies over the years. Hopefully Cathedral finally gets made this year and can reignite this franchise! This 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray releases on June 14th and is a must have for horror fans. If you pick up the first one you might as well grab this one too!

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 104 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! This Collector’s Edition Blu-ray includes some all-new extras as well as the imports from previous releases. There’s several audio commentaries and interviews with some of the cast and crew. There’s also six featurettes, deleted scenes, a photo gallery and theatrical trailer. You can see the full list below.

Disc 1:

  • Audio Commentary by writer/director Victor Salva and cast members
  • Audio Commentary by Jonathan Breck (The Creeper), Brad Parker (Production Illustrator) and Brian Penikas (Special Effects Makeup)

Disc 2:

  • NEW JEEPERS CREEPERS 2: Then and Now featuring new interviews with writer/director Victor Salva, director of photography Don FauntLeRoy, editor Ed Marx and actor Tom Tarantini (22 minutes)
  • NEW A Father’s Revengean interview with actor Ray Wise (15 minutes)
  • NEW Don’t Get Off the Bus – interviews with actors Tom Tarantini, Thom Gossom Jr. and Diane Delano (20 minutes)
  • A Day in Hell – A look at the filming of JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 (26 minutes)
  •  Lights, Camera, Creeper: The Making of JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 featuring writer/director Victor Salva, actors Travis Schiffner, Josh Hammond, Billy Aaron Brown, Eric Nenninger, Nicki Aycox, director of photography Don FauntLeRoy and more…  (15 minutes)
  • Creeper Creation featuring interviews with production illustrator Brad Parker, special make-up effects artist Brian Penikas and Jonathan Breck (12 minutes)
  • The Orphanage Visual Effects Reel (4 minutes)
  •  Creeper Composer – an interview with composer Bennett Salvay and writer/director Victor Salva (10 minutes)
  • Storyboard Renditions of Scenes Not Filmed – “The Creeper’s Lair” and “Ventriloquist Creeper”
  • Deleted Scenes (16 minutes)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

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