Hmm, well...I am certainly the largest wimp in America and even
I wasn't terribly shaken.
film started off simply annoying with a brother a sister duo played
by Gina Philips and Justin Long, that fought in that contrived
way moviemakers continually like to portray brother and sisters;
the bicker, banter, cliché joke waltz of siblings.
goes, the two are bickering, giggling, near frolicking as they
are just driving along in sis' sheet box car and happen to see
a large man dump a bloody wrapped bundle, shaped like a human-natch-
into a pipe. They stare him down allowing him time to see them
seeing him and the chase begins. They speed of and feel confident
(mistake one) they've lost him...
comes flying up behind and starts ramming them till he succeeds
in driving them off the road.
Then in the first of many unexplained acts by the villain, he
drives away. Disappears...
do you think the two idiots do next? Okay, what's the one thing
no breathing, walking human with a thought process above that
of a gnat, mind you without so much as a working pay phone do?
Yeppo, they head back to the crime scene to investigate. (mistake
They kind of lost me there. It had its moments granted the whole
premise of the villain is great, but you needed to know more?
Why? How? There was no explanation of the villain's motives, or
where he came from...cause it's not Earth or at least the top
of the Earth...hint.
he's some sort of demon, but from where, why, how? They have the
semi-Louisiana witch/psychic explain to the still disbelieving
brother and sister act, the beast, comes "back" every
23 years and is allowed to eat for 23 days. He rebuilds himself
with his victim's organs, and nibbly bits. This could have been
terrifying if we knew more about any of the characters.
fiendish guy was a hodge podge stew of past horror creeps; Freddie
Krueger, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Gargoyles, and a pinch
of Leprechaun. The press kit calls him "the Creeper"
but he didn't creep, he was creepy, but no Leatherface. (mistake
sister, Trish (Gina Philips) was particularity incongruent with
her swaying between believing her brother Darry's (Justin Long)
tale of whoa, which included him describing some evil tribute
to the Sistine Chapel made not with paint, but dead bodies he's
witnessed, to her being that oh-so-done argumentative sorority
girl character that suddenly disagrees and gets annoyed with the
is a good drive in movie, if you have one of those around. It
will give couples an excuse to cuddle and have a couple of chills,
and if you start to get amorous, you wont really miss anything.
I ate like a Hogasnaruas Rex post mating season just to keep from
nodding off between scenes with the creeper. Sorry to report,
I fear it's just not too frightful folks.
Recommendation: Tongue sandwich and a diet coke.
Ginna Philips, Justin long, Patricia Belcher, Eileen brennan and
by: Victor Salva