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|“||It eats lungs so it can breathe, and eyes so it can see. It all becomes a part of it. Whatever it eats, becomes a part of it.||„|
|~ Jezelle Gay Hartman about the Creeper.|
The Creeper is the titular main antagonist of the Jeepers Creepers horror film franchise. He is an ancient demonic creature who feeds on human beings for 23 days every 23rd spring.
He was portrayed by Jonathan Breck in all three films.
|“||I don't know if its a demon or a devil, or just some hungry thing from some dark place and time.||„|
|~ Jezelle Gay Hartman about the Creeper.|
The Creeper is a demonic monster that eats body parts of his victims every 23 years, and seems nearly invincible. At first, it was thought to be some kind of demon worshiper when Darry Jenner found its self-portraits. Although it often wears a tattered black Trench coat, also donning a hat after he killed its previous owner, using these to disguise itself, The Creeper on closer inspection is shown to appear quite inhuman. It has wispy white hair, skin with a dark reptilian green color and a mouth filled with yellow fangs. Around the top of its head are a series of finger like appendages connected to each by a thin membrane.
While these are often pressed close to its head, when excited or angered they shall flare out, giving it an even more monstrous look.
It seems to be incapable of speech, but in the first film, it was heard whistling the tune of "Jeepers Creepers", as well as "The Farmer in the Dell" in the third film.
Prior to the events of the series, the Creeper was an immortal being who lived throughout the countless centuries in human history. In the comic books made to accompany the Jeepers Creepers films, the Creeper orchestrated a human sacrifice ritual during the time of the Aztecs, and when Europeans first arrived to the new lands years later, the Creeper wasted no time in killing and devouring the crew, thus making him responsible for the disappearance of the Roanoke Colony America's North Carolina.
Among other atrocities, the Creeper accidentally destroyed a civilization, killing all of its inhabitants, but expresses no sympathy towards his mistake. The comics also reveal the extent of the Creeper's powers, with having fragments of its victims' souls inside of his body.
The film chronicles a day in the life of siblings, Trish and her brother Darry Jenner coming home from college. As they drive through the North Florida countryside in their 1960 Chevrolet Impala, a mysterious driver in a rusty old delivery truck tries to run them off the road. After letting the vehicle pass them, they later see the same truck, in the distance off the side of the road, with a hulking man sliding what looks to be bodies in old canvas tarps, into a large piece of metal culvert sticking out of the ground next to an old abandoned church.
The driver, taking note that they have seen him, catches up to them in his truck and tries to run them off the road a second time, and succeeds. Afterwards Darry insists they go back and investigate. At the church, he orders Trish to hold his feet while he looks into the pipe. Rats appear in front of him and he jerks and screams, causing Trish to lose her grip on his legs, and he slides down the pipe badly cutting himself. At the bottom, he finds a dying boy, with a huge stitch across his torso, he tries to tell him something but dies before he can.
He finds Kenny and Darla sewn together, along with hundreds of bodies sewn together, covering the walls of a massive cavern beneath the church. Darry can not reach the end of the culvert which looms above his head, so he looks around and finally finds a passage up through the church. Visibly traumatized by what he has seen, he and Trish flee the scene and stop at a gas station where they contact the police. While waiting for the cops to arrive, they are phoned by a local psychic, Jezelle Gay Hartman, who warns them that they are in terrible danger. She even told them that the Creeper even likes to call its murder-situated lair the "House of Pain".
She plays the song "Jeepers Creepers" on the phone, and tells them that when they hear that song, they will be in extreme danger. Badly frightened, they ignore her warning. Shortly after the police arrive and Darry tells his story word arises that the old church had gone up in flames and all evidence of any bodies has been destroyed. Within moments, witnesses at the gas station claim to have spotted someone ransacking the siblings' car and sniffing all of the clothes they had kept in it. Trish and Darry rush out of the gas station with the police providing a security escort.
As they travel they hear a newer version of the song, then police are attacked and killed by the mysterious driver of the old truck. While Trish and Darry flee the scene, the driver loads the policeman's bodies into his truck. Darry and Trish try to get help from a local eccentric, but the mysterious driver catches up to them, the woman attempts to kill him with a shotgun but he jumps out of the way and into her house, she runs in and the driver stabs her through the torso with the gun and kills her. They manage to hit the mysterious driver with their car, and run him over several times. After crushing the mysterious driver's body, they realized its inhuman nature when what appears to be a giant wing begins to flap around. Leaving it on the road, they drive to the local police station to wait for their parents, but Jezelle shows up and warns them they are still in danger.
Jezelle tells them the true nature of the mysterious creature: it is an ancient demon known as "The Creeper", which rises every 23rd spring for 23 days to feast on human body parts which, upon consumption, form part of its own body. She also tells them that it seeks out its victims through fear, and that by smelling the fear from Trish and Darry, it has found something it likes, but she does not know what.
The wounded Creeper attacks the police station and gains entrance to the cells, determined to avenge all the trouble Darry and Trish caused it. After it feasts on prisoners to heal, it is swarmed by police, but kills a number of them. Jezelle guides Trish and Darry upstairs, telling them one of them will die, screaming in the dark while the song "Jeepers Creepers" plays in the background. The Creeper heads towards Jezelle and sniffs her, but since she has no fear of him he lets her go, and heads off to find Trish and Darry.
The Creeper catches up and briefly being annoyed he couldn't smell Trish through a one sided mirror he breaks through the window and captures her and Darry. The Creeper smelled them unsure of who to take and a after a while he threw Trish away after finding she had nothing he wanted. He smelled Darry more and found he wanted Darry's eyes which had seen its lair.
Trish tries to reason with it, and attempts to give her life for her brother's. The Creeper appeared to have consider it but ultimately decides that Darry is a better choice than Trish and readied its wings to fly. The police burst in and take aim, but the Creeper escapes out the window with Darry. The next day, Trish, contemplating Darry's fate, is picked up by her parents, and Jezelle returns home in regret.
The final scene shows the Creeper in its new hideout, an abandoned meat packing plant, where the sounds of Darry's screams are heard before they stop as it goes deeper in the lair and the audience finally learns what the Creeper wanted: by sewing off the back of Darry's head, it has taken his eyes and replaced its own with them, leaving Darry's body an eyeless, motionless corpse tied up, with the Creeper looking through the eye holes while "Jeepers Creepers" is playing. The Creeper is also shown walking with a needle implying he is going to sew the back of Darry's head on.
After the credits, his truck is shown driving down the road meaning he is hunting for more victims.
Jeepers Creepers II
The story begins 4 days after the events of the first film. A farmer named Jack Taggart, Sr., and his son, Jack, Jr. are talking, while the farmer's younger son, Billy, wanders through the cornfield. One of the scarecrows in the field suddenly comes to life, grabs Billy and sprouts wings, disappearing into the sky with him, leaving both Jacks horrified and stunned.
Elsewhere, a school bus carrying a group of basketball champions and cheerleaders are on their way home after winning the championships, the boys chant a song, holding up a banner at the windows to show a passing truck. The cheerleaders sit and wish for the noise to stop, but just as they are chatting, one of the tires burst sending the bus to a violent stop. Upon inspection by Betty the Bus driver and the two chaperones/coaches, they find the tire has been completely destroyed, lodged into it a four sided shurikan made from metal tooth filling and bone. They contemplate on what to do, asking for help over the radio, but when it becomes clear that there's no signal getting to the radio they decide to drive slowly on the remaining tire. Jack Sr meanwhile builds a homemade harpoon to set out on a personal mission for the Creeper.
Back on East 9, the bus is slowly making its way through the Highway. Scotty and Rhonda discuss the championship and how he is the one that got them into the Championships. Minxie who is asleep, falls into a dream, she sees Darry and Billy on the side of the road frantically warning them to turn back, that the Creeper is coming for them. She notices the Creeper running through the cornfield ahead of the bus, and he tosses another shurikan into the remaining tire sending the bus onto the back rim, rendering it useless and unmovable. Betty tells them all to vacate whilst she and one of the coaches sets up flares, but on closer inspection, She see's another shurikan in the second tire, getting suspicious, she alerts one of the other coaches and suspects foul play, she then orders the confused teens back on the bus and to close the doors. One of the coaches is suddenly grabbed and lifted up into the sky suddenly, all the while the kids get back on the bus.
One of the students tries to reach someone on the radio but is unsuccessful. Betty, now paranoid is setting more flares whilst the Coach looks for the other, Betty lights the last flare and she also, is grabbed and taken away. The final coach is then taken away after standing at the entrance doors to the bus, the kids try to pull him down again but are unsuccessful.
When the kids lock themselves inside the bus, the Creeper makes his prescence known, lurking round the doors and climbing the windows smelling the fear from the teens. He then climbs atop the bus. Scotty orders Bucky to drive the bus to civilisation, but he says it will be impossible with the back tire sitting on the rim. The Creeper then looks in from the back of the bus, picking the teens he wants, one by one.
Minxie falls unconscious, having another dream that later turns out to be the rest of her nightmare, where Darry's spirit tells her everything about the Creeper stating every 23 days it gets to eat before showing what the creeper did to him. Waking up, she tells her friends from what she had learned, forcing them to try radioing for help; however, some are skeptical, thinking Minxie has been doing drugs.
Bucky eventually manages to get a response from the Taggarts, who head for the buses location. As the teens celebrate the approaching rescue, The Creeper punches through the roof of the bus, grabbing Bucky by the head in an attempt to kill him, this failing when another of the group drive a throwing javelin through its eye.
Gravely injured, The Creeper is forced to rip off a portion of its skull in order to remove the spear, its attempt to leave failing when it passes out, the impact of its body falling back onto the bus shattering every window.
It soon re-awakens, using its wings to capture one teen, devouring his head so as to replace its damaged one before taking off.
The teens leave the bus to head for a nearby farm, believing that The Creeper is gone. They do not realize that The Creeper is waiting for them. The Creeper chases the scared teens into a wide field, killing two of them. One of the teens, Bucky, returns to the bus with two others. Just as The Creeper attempts to grab him, the Taggarts, having tracked down the abandoned bus with help from Minxie, arrive and flash their car lights at the Creeper, forcing him to drop Bucky and as Jack, Sr. shines the light on the Creeper, the Creeper releases his wings. Jack, Sr. fires the harpoon through the Creeper, and the Creeper grabs the harpoon after it hits. The Creeper begins to pull the truck (as the harpoon is connected to the machine by a rope) until it throws the harpoon back at the Taggarts, who narrowly dodge the weapon. The Creeper then tries to fly through the bus, but Jack, Sr. places another harpoon in the machine and shoots the Creeper again. But the Creeper survives, and pulls the truck so hard that it flips over, although both Taggarts escape at the last moment.
Three teens, Izzy, Rhonda and Double D (the Creeper's target) find an abandoned truck sitting in the middle of the field, while its driver then became another victim of the Creeper. The Creeper approaches as the three teens hijack the truck. As the Creeper chases the truck, Izzy pushes Rhonda out of the truck. Izzy, who was driving, then jumps out and runs away after crashing the truck into the Creeper, while the truck flips and is set ablaze. The Creeper loses its wings, right arm and left leg but he still pursues Double D, who is severely injured. As The Creeper is about to eat Double D to heal itself but D fights it off before the creeper gains an advantage and is about to consume him until Jack, Sr., who managed to repair the harpoon machine, shoots The Creeper straight in the head. Severely injured, the Creeper is unable to defend himself as Jack Sr. proceeds to use a spare harpoon to stab the Creeper continuously through the chest until he runs out of breath. The Creeper gazes at Jack Sr., marking him as his next target because he defeated him. At the same time, the Creeper apparently succumbs to his wounds. Minxie, the medium teenager, tells Jack, Sr. that the Creeper is not dead, but has gone into hibernation for another 23 years and will be back afterwards.
23 years later, kids have heard about the creature the farmer has killed and desire to see it. They pay their $5 to see the "attraction"; named "Bat Out of Hell". The teens look up to find the Creeper, with his body parts sewed back together, crucified to the wall as a tourist attraction. An elderly Jack, Sr. is seated by the harpoon gun, which is loaded and aimed directly at the beast's heart. One of the teenagers asks if he is waiting for something, and Jack, Sr. responds, "about three more days... give or take a day or two".
The movie ends with a close up of the crucified Creeper.
Jeepers Creepers III
Set immediately after the first film, a task force is assigned to hunt down and kill the Creeper, who goes on another killing spree due to coming near the end of his 23-day cycle. He manages to get his truck back, as it was being towed to the impound. The Creeper also is revealed to have lost a hand in his previous cycle, and touching it gives a person all the secrets of the Creeper's origins.
In all three films, the Creeper is shown to be a rather twisted individual. He seems to enjoy toying with his victims before killing them. By doing this he is not only able to amuse himself but it also works well in igniting more fear in his victims. However, once his time on earth nears its end, the Creeper can be extremely aggressive and ruthless, so he will continue to pursue his victims even when severely injured.
In the first film, the Creeper displayed more of a laid-back and almost human personality. He even uses some of the little time he has on Earth to make grotesque artwork from the bodies of his victims while listening to music. However, once his time draws to a close in the second film, the Creeper begins to put his full power to use. Instead of playing road games with his victims and blending into human society he cuts right to the chase and ruthlessly hunts down his victims stopping only when he wants to "pick them out".
Despite being mostly animal-like and seemingly incapable of speech, the Creeper does display human emotions and intelligence. He is also shown to understand emotions such as amusement, anger, pain, and fear and at one brief moment it is hinted that he may understand compassion. When Trish begs him to take her instead of Darry the Creeper does actually listen to her and seems to give her offer some thought rather than just immediately flying away.
Nonetheless, the Creeper is merciless and unsympathetic for his victims and even goes so far as to turn their bodies into macabre art pieces which he then hangs on his wall like a hunting trophy. Despite being hundreds of years old, the Creeper seems to possess a very advanced understanding of modern human technology, weapons, and anatomy. He can always drive a truck without difficulty, and has even found a way to make it travel at speeds that it normally would be incapable of. He also seems to understand the process of taxidermy as he is able to keep human bodies perfectly preserved for centuries and even uses left-over body parts to craft his weapons.
The Creeper is also shown to be incredibly calculating and shrewd when pursing his victims. He does not go full force on his victims unless they prove to be a challenge or if his time is short. Instead, he seems to prefer studying his victims from a distance by either donning a disguise or disabling their vehicles. By doing this he can decide which ones would be the best candidates for him to pursue and strategically figure out how to catch them with the least difficulty. It is possible that he first took out the adults on the bus in the second film, since they could calm, or at least anger the teenagers enough that their fear would be drowned out.
Another strange thing to add is that, despite being somewhat heartless and evil, the Creeper does not seem to kill people indiscriminately, only going after the people he chooses, and sparing the rest. This might be due to the fact that he does not have time to do so or that he simply does not like to kill unnecessarily. Although it is less probable, this last idea can indicate that he does not kill people out of pleasure, but out of necessity, despite showing a degree of amusement when hunting his victims. However, he did fill his truck with traps to maim indiscriminately, though this could also be due to the fact that in the third film the Creeper seems to want to keep his secrets a secret going to the lengths of hunting down an old part of himself and basically breaking down in fear and anger when he realized that he had no way of getting to the people who found out about his origins. The Creeper does not seem to discriminate between the victims he chooses going so far as killing children in order to continue surviving. Evidence of this is the fact that there were missing children posters displayed in the Poho police department, to which one can assume the Creeper is responsible for.
According to Jezelle Gay Hartman from the first film, once the Creeper has the scent of something it likes, it cannot stop hunting its prey down until it gets what it came for. In the third film, it is explained that with a will that is strong enough, a person can force down their fear and simply just become an annoyance to the Creeper; he will kill such a person, but as they do not give off fear, he will never eat any part of them. According to Darry from the second film, the Creeper knows no mercy and consumes everything. The Creeper is also known to use intricate symbols and designs for his weapons. In the second film, after capturing Billy Taggart, he leaves behind a knife which is found by Billy's father and had the sign of the Creeper flying away with his son. The same happened for Darry in the first film as the Creeper used his belly button for a throwing star.
The Creeper is also shown to be very proud of its truck. It became enraged when someone peed on it in the third film and proceeded to hunt them down and kill them.
Powers and Abilities
The Creeper hunts its victims by their fear, Jezelle states that when it finds something it like, it hunts the prey down. The Creeper employs a variety of weapons in his pursuit for food. He commonly carries daggers and throwing stars made from the flesh and bones of his victims (and, possibly, himself). He also uses a medieval battleaxe in the first film, which may indicate that it has once lived somewhere else. The weapons he creates are shown to move of their own accord (or, perhaps, return to their master) in the second film, where a knife flies across a room under its own power, traveling through a leather lamp before embedding into a nearby wall. Later in the film, the same knife has been converted into a harpoon-like weapon to be used against the Creeper by allowing it to guide itself to its target. In the third film, the Creeper seems to have some form of telekinesis, as he is able to command his truck to move to his will while he rides on the roof.
Physically, the Creeper is inhumanely powerful, demonstrated by how it can effortlessly tear apart humans, also being able to bend metal, shown when it peeled back the entire roof of a truck to attack its driver. It is also quite agile, as it could quickly backflip off the bonnet of Trish's car and also jump up and run over its roof without falling. Also, when Trish managed to throw him into the air by speeding into him and then proceeded to drive over him several times, he was shown to be rather durable, as a car driving over an average human several times would almost always crush and kill them, although the Creeper was still badly injured afterwards.
The two massive wings folded against its back are incredibly strong, being able to carry not just the weight of The Creeper, but also a adult human. With these, it is near impossible to escape, for its wings can easily keep up with a truck going at max speed.
The Creeper drives a very large, old-fashioned, rusted truck equipped with a cow catcher on the front, which he uses to transport bodies (dead or alive) to a mysterious cave underneath an old church through a sewer pipe where he sews his victims to the ceiling that it calls its House of Pain. He also uses his truck to scare potential victims. The license plate on his truck reads "BEATNGU", "Be Eating You" — commonly confused as "Beating You"--. The truck can attain unusually high speeds (at least 100mph) despite its decrepit exterior. In the third film, it is revealed to have been booby-trapped by the Creeper to kill any live prisoners inside of it who attempt to escape or those who venture too close on the outside to keep them from stealing it or stowing away inside it. The truck can shoot a spear out of the exhaust pipe, fire landmines, has retractable spikes in the back to kill or injure anyone who gets too close, is completely bulletproof to the point that bullets will bounce back and kill shooters (even the tires have this feature), and the driver side door can shoot a spear from the inside to kill any prisoners who attempt to escape through the passenger door. It is also revealed that the Creeper has telepathic control over his truck, being able to make it respond and reload itself through his gestures, and he can operate the truck and make it fight alongside him without driving it.
The Creeper has the ability to regenerate any part of his body by devouring a similar part from a victim. In this manner, he has survived since Biblical times, replenishing his deteriorated body by ingesting human flesh and organs. The ability also works as a form of healing factor, as the Creeper can discard injured or maimed body parts after ingesting a replacement version, as shown in Jeepers Creepers II.
|“||I think It's eaten too many hearts for Its own to ever stop...||„|
|~ Jezelle Gay Hartman about the Creeper.|
In addition to his regenerative powers, the Creeper is quite resilient. In the first film, it was run over several times and was still alive, it then sprouted a bat-like wing. In the second film it is impaled with harpoons multiple times yet retains the ability to move, including several head wounds where he completely removes his mutilated head and replaces it. In the third film it was seen to take multiple rounds from a truck mounted mini gun. The Creeper only stops moving when it reaches its hibernation period or to toy with its prey.
- The Creeper can scream or screech, and whistle. In a deleted scene from the first movie, after killing the Cat Lady, he does speak, making it obvious that he is in fact intelligent. He has an Old West style accent, hinting at maybe some origin.
- It is shown to have talons instead of boots in Jeepers Creepers 2.
- It was inspired by "Spring Heeled Jack", a supernatural entity in English folklore of the Victorian era.