Jeepers Creepers Reborn is a direct replacement or remake of the original film that began it all. We live in a remake era; everywhere we turn, there are more remakes on the way. If all horror remakes followed the structure of the new Jeepers Creepers Reborn film, I believe we would have to quit watching all of the upcoming remakes, and here’s why.
According to the film’s folklore, The Creeper only emerges once every 23 years, and that year is now (whereas the filmmakers might have been better to release the film in 2024, 23 years after the original film). The creature then proceeds to hunt down each member of the visiting group. It fits well under the category of “predict in what sequence the characters will die.”
When I saw the trailer for Jeepers Creepers Reborn, I was optimistic that the series would be given a second chance at life after suffering from on-screen and off-screen deaths.
There’s a little deception at the start of Jeepers Creepers Reborn. An elderly couple is travelling along a solitary stretch of road when a huge vehicle almost runs them off the road. The only compliment this film has to offer is this nice reference to the original. Everything gets worse from here on out. The pair, relieved that the threat is now behind them, continues driving. But just a few minutes later, they see the same truck’s strange driver carrying a bloody sheet and dumping it into a huge pipe near a dilapidated house. Almost instantly, they freak out upon understanding that what they’ve seen isn’t anything they were supposed to see. The vehicle arrives behind them again and attempts to force them off the road before they can decide whether or not to contact the police. They escape and continue discussing what transpired. They decide to double-check their observations before calling the police and end up returning to the scene. They make a terrifying discovery upon revisiting the family home, but it all turns out to be a parody of Unsolved Mysteries that one of our major characters is viewing.
One may classify this movie in the “slasher” genre. But it’s billed as a “escape room” movie, so there’s that. Don’t you see the catch here though? We barely have enough room for The Creeper. Furthermore, the Creeper we encounter in this region is not the same one we’ve grown to know elsewhere.
Jeepers Creepers Reborn features shockingly erratic pace. The movie drags its feet in pointless settings and on non-essential individuals. The 88 minute duration is deceptive since it feels much longer.
The fact that Jeepers Creepers Reborn has the lowest rating of any film in the Jeepers Creepers franchise (on IMDB) indicates that it did not prove to be the vindicating force that the Creeper had hoped for. Or that anyone else had any kind of expectation.
Other than the opening scene where they mock a unsolved mysteries episode Jeepers Creepers Reborn is boring and has a very slow story that left me waiting for the film to end.
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