The Origins of the Creeper
Okay, I think I’ve got it.
One of the movies I watched–one of the many, many movies I watched–while I spent an entire week, including Christmas, down with the influenza and under quarantine, was JEEPERS CREEPERS 2. I hadn’t seen it since shortly after it finished its theatrical run, way, way back in 2003 (Where the blue hell has the time gone?) and my initial impressions were refreshed by the return visit. I credit the movie with being completely unpredictable and not going at all the way I thought it would. Tonally it was markedly different than the original film, and while this caused some fanboys to grouse, as I recall, back in the day, I like that it has its own unique feel and isn’t just a copy of the first. The recently-released JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 is also distinct from the other two movies, making this a most successful series, in terms of overall quality.
Anyway, going by all the clues in the most recent film, and seeing again the ones in the first sequel, I am confident to go ahead and voice my theory. I believe the Creeper was originally one of the men crucified with Jesus, the thief who mocked Christ from the cross, cursed for the affront and transformed into the Creeper. Both the second and third films made a point of telling us how ancient the Creeper is, and all the crucifixion imagery in the second can’t be a coincidence. Plus, the Creeper’s way of staying alive, by eating pieces of his victims, is like a twisted inversion of the rite of Communion, when Christians symbolically eat the Body and Blood of Christ.
We’ll have to wait until JEEPERS CREEPERS 4 comes out to find out if I’m right, but don’t you agree that my theory makes sense?