Jeepers Creepers: Reborn: Best avert your peepers from this lame horror reboot


Jeepers Creepers: Reborn (R16 88 min.) Director: Timo Vuorensola ** Reviewed by Graeme Tuckett

Director Timo Vuorensola was responsible for Iron Sky – the movie. It debuted in 2012 after an online trailer and marketing campaign raised enough money and interest to fund the film.

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And the campaign was fantastic. Seriously, you won’t see many better 160-second trailers for a budget indie in your lifetime than the one that got Iron Sky cheering on in 2010. I mean Nazis on the Moon? Are elevator pitches getting stronger?

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I even considered sending a few bucks myself before sanity and sobriety returned.

But the film, which emerged in 2012, was a bit of a dog. Actually, scratch that. Iron Sky was pretty much anything like a dog. After a promising first 10 minutes or so, the movie settled for lazy jokes that played on an endless loop. Iron Sky will have its fans – everything. But it’s generally accepted that the trailer’s powerful promise and the idea behind it were wasted.

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Jeepers Creepers: Reborn is a barely usable slasher film that has exactly no memorable moments.

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Jeepers Creepers: Reborn is a barely usable slasher film that has exactly no memorable moments.

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That brings us to 2022, where the same Timo Vuorensola shows up as co-writer and overall director of Jeepers Creepers: Reborn. That threatens to restart a horror trilogy that began in 2001 with the popular and still very iconic Jeepers Creepers before fizzled out in 2017 with a third installment that didn’t do anyone any favours. Least of all the gullible guys who paid money to see it.

The Creeper – the show’s villain – is a demonic serial killer dude whose trick is to hibernate for 23 years before showing up to feast for exactly 23 days. From memory, there’s some nonsense about ancient prophecies and curses to explain all of this, but I may be wrong. I often am.

All that matters is that Jeepers Creepers was a trio of films that had run their course. The Creeper wasn’t a Freddy or Jason who could use endless reinvention. This was a B-Team only slasher and should have known when to stop.

Jeepers Creepers: Reborn is primarily set at a backwoods horror convention that has more than once been dubbed the

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Jeepers Creepers: Reborn is primarily set at a backwoods horror convention that has more than once been dubbed the “Coachella of Cosplay”.

Vuorensola begins his film with a scene that revisits the 2001 film. And for a moment I wondered if Reborn would be an X-style surprise.

But the first few retro minutes quickly devolve into a YouTube documentary watched in modern times by a young man named Chase and his girlfriend Laine. They’re going to a horror convention in the backwoods – “This is the Coachella of cosplay,” someone says twice.

From there, Reborn flares up briefly as the couple and a few others win a stay in a panic room — actually a run-down farmhouse — that will be the setting for the rest of the film. But whatever meta-promise the idea had is quickly forgotten.

Jeepers Creepers: Reborn is a barely usable slasher film that has exactly no memorable moments in its happily short running time. However, the online trailer is pretty awesome. Maybe Vuorensola should just stick with it.

Jeepers Creepers: Reborn is now showing in select theaters nationwide.



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