A 2022 reboot of Jeepers Creepers has been met with dismal reviews from fans and critics alike who say the franchise will “never be the same.”
This last installment of the 2001 series – the fourth – was taken over by Timo Vuorensola, after original director Victor Salva was ousted several years ago when his 1988 conviction for molesting a 12-year-old boy was widely publicized.
Some fans of the 2001 original and its sequel Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) have criticized the changes made by Vuorensola, citing “sloppy” CGI and a “nonsensical” plot as the film’s weaknesses.
However, it’s the redesigned Creeper – the central villain – that has received the heaviest criticism, with some moviegoers saying it has reduced the image to a “slasher movie.”
The creeper, a carnivorous monster that rises every 23 years to feast on people’s organs, was first seen when Justin Long and Gina Phillips (who play Damien and Trish) took a freeway ride in the first film 21 years ago. .
Pregnant Sydney Craven confronts the real creeper in a ‘creeper-themed’ escape room at a horror festival in Jeepers Creepers Reborn released September 24 in the UK
Sydney has a vision where she sees the horrifying monster sitting next to a pram in a dimly lit house
It reappeared in the sequel, also adored by creeper fans, which tells the story of a group of high school students who were stuck on a highway on a school bus during the last few days of the creeper frenzy.
The first two films in the series were hugely popular: Jeepers Creepers opened in 2,944 theaters and grossed $37.9 million in the US; it later earned $21.3 million internationally, making a total of $59.2 million worldwide.
It broke the US record for the highest Labor Day opening weekend ever four-day, holding the record until the sequel’s release in 2003.
A third film will be released in 2018, again directed by Victor Salva.
Chronologically sandwiched between the first two, it introduced a “creeper team” made up of people who had lost friends and family to the beast.
Jeepers Creepers 2001, pictured above, grossed millions at the box office on release, only surpassed in 2003 by the sequel
Justin Long plays the hapless victim of the Creeper, who sees him taken to the monster’s ‘House of Pain’ in the 2001 film
The original Creeper gets close to the windows of a school bus as he explores his prey in Jeepers Creepers 2
Jeepers Creepers 3, (pictured) was also a dud according to fans, who said the 2018 sequel fell short of the first two
While it teased some creeper folklore and hinted at how the mysterious and seemingly indestructible creature came about, fans were still looking for answers, raising hopes for a fourth version to tie up loose ends.
In general this is episode was less successful than the first two, and after it was panned by moviegoers, Timo Vuorensola said in a YouTube interview that he would take over the franchise and give it “new life.”
However, Jeepers Creepers Reborn, those with Jarrueau Benjamin as the creeper, alongside Imran Adams and Sydney Craven as the protagonists, has disappointed many.
It shows the couple traveling to a horror festival, where they find themselves in a creeper-themed escape room – the first three films are called fictional and the creeper has ‘fans’ who then attempt to sacrifice a pregnant Sydney to the hungry monster.
Film critic Graeme Tuckett, writing for stuff.co.nz, described the horror film as a “barely usable slasher movie”
Meanwhile, people took to Twitter to criticize the horror revival, with some saying the franchise ‘must end’ now.
Film buffs on Rotten Tomatoes were also quick to criticize the film, with one calling it a “chepa knock-off” of the original.
But it disappointed many viewers, including long-standing creeper fan, Christian, 28, an actor with Hunwick Associates Ltd in the UK.
He told FEMAIL: “I was excited about Reborn because I was a huge fan and after the third film, the franchise had to cash in, but it just screwed up.
“It’s not scary. The creeper was a non-lethal monster to me and that was what was so terrifying – many people agree that getting eaten is one of the scariest things.
“But this movie wasn’t true to the first two jeepers creepers, the third and last felt like a money grab.
‘But I don’t blame the actors for how the film turned out, the result is contemporary film practice.’
Christian, 28, an actor from Hunwick Associates in Edinburgh, has long been a fan of creepers and says ‘he doesn’t blame the actors for how the film turned out’
The film received a 16 percent rating on the popular review site Rotten Tomatoes, and critics also gave their weight to the negative feedback.
He added: “As we enter an era of CGI, the heart of film in general is lost, because good cinema makes you feel like you’re there, and when things in a studio have sloppy CGI, it makes you feel cheaper instead. of using a real location.
“I’ve always found the creeper creepy, but this new version looked like a Halloween costume to be honest.
“I’ve done CGI in many of my drama school projects and a movie called Jeepers Creepers. I didn’t expect it to be this bad – I didn’t feel like I was there, in the original you meet the creeper for the first time from a shaky camera angle in a car and you felt like you were seeing what Darius and Trish saw.
“With this new one, it has too many transitions in scenes. It didn’t feel like you were a fly on the wall.”
Fans took to Twitter to joke about the new movie, and one even posted a meme about the CGI quality
His feelings were echoed by online reviewers, with one Twitter user writing: “God, Jeepers Creepers Reborn was horrible. Equally bad or worse than 3. This franchise needs to stop. Full spoiler discussion video tonight.’
Others have called for the original actor who played the demon Jonathan Breck to come back and say, “Jonathan Breck is the only one who can play the Creeper. This new design is also a **.
“If I’d had Jonathan, at least his performance would have made me something fun.”
Someone said, ‘I’ve been hurt physically and emotionally because of this. This franchise will never be the same.”
Movie reviewer Grahame Tuckett of stuff.nz said on Rotten Tomatoes: “Jeepers Creepers: Reborn is a barely usable slasher film that has absolutely no memorable moments in its fortunately short running time.”
Meanwhile Guardian film critic Phil Hoad said the film was made with a “low rent bogeyman” and is essentially “IP cannibalism.”
The cast and director have yet to comment on the avalanche of negative feedback.