October 5, 2023

October Fright: The Behind-The-Scenes Madness of 'Jeepers Creepers 2

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October Fright: The Behind-The-Scenes Madness of 'Jeepers Creepers 2

By Rafie Rhee | October 5, 2023

Remember the sweet sounds of childhood, when we would blissfully chant, "Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get those peepers?" Little did we know that this innocent ditty would become the eerie backdrop to one of the early 2000s' most iconic horror flicks and its sequel, which took a detour from the beaten path… straight into the talons of the dreaded Creeper.

> Watch the behind the scenes trailer here

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Behind Every Great Monster, There's Hours of Makeup

Before we dive into the behind-the-scenes goodness of "Jeepers Creepers 2", let’s take a moment to reminisce on the first time we were introduced to the Creeper.

In "Jeepers Creepers," two siblings, played by the uber-talented Justin Long and Gina Philips, discover a terrifying secret when they inadvertently cross paths with a creature that emerges every 23 years for a 23-day feeding frenzy. You know, just your typical family road trip turned nightmarish.

The first film was a surprise hit, with a unique storyline that didn't rely on typical horror tropes, with thee origins of the story being truly one of a kind. Director Victor Salva, it seems, didn’t just want another masked villain; he wanted something ancient, something mythological. The Creeper was thus conceived as a fusion of man, beast, and demon, turning folklore into fear lore.

With the massive success of the original movie, how could they resist a second serving of the Creeper? Hence, "Jeepers Creepers 2" was born, proving that high school sports trips are stressful enough without being hunted by a carnivorous ancient entity. I mean, can you imagine? "Coach, I forgot my shoes!" pales compared to "Coach, there's a monster trying to kill us!"

Discover the origins of iconic horror films.

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Jeepers! Who Knew Shooting Horror Was This Hilarious?

Behind the scenes, making the sequel was as thrilling as watching the film itself. Without the video, we'd have never known about the near-mishap with the Creeper’s van or the hilarious anecdotes of the cast trying to keep a straight face while shooting some of the intense scenes. It's hard to look terrified when the Creeper's prosthetic wing accidentally slaps you in the face.

Speaking of the cast, there’s more than fear uniting them; the camaraderie between the basketball players and cheerleaders off-camera was palpable. They may have been stranded on a bus in the storyline, but off-set, they were busy playing pranks, singing, and forming lasting friendships.

And the Creeper's makeup? It's a masterpiece, but it wasn't just slapped on. The intricate process took hours, requiring the actor, Jonathan Breck, to sit patiently while his transformation into the ghastly Creeper took place. It's said that Breck used this time to "get into the mind" of the Creeper. Dedication? We think so.

A complete breakdown of Jeepers Creepers franchise

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Farmers vs. The Creeper: An Unexpected Vendetta

And let’s not forget the farmer and his son, out for revenge, adding a unique subplot to the main drama. Their backstory, though not fully fleshed out in the film, was greatly elaborated upon during filming, with the actors being given detailed backgrounds to play off. The vendetta-driven duo provided a fascinating secondary perspective on the Creeper's terror.

In wrapping up this little trip down Creeper Lane, both movies of the franchise aren’t just about scares; they're about storytelling, creativity, and a group of people coming together to make some darn good cinematic horror.

So the next time you find yourself humming that catchy tune, remember: it's all fun and games until the Creeper comes out to play. Then it's Jeepers, indeed.

> For an in-depth analysis of horror film tropes, check out our Mystery page

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