"My brother and I loved to
watch The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Dracula and Frankenstein
and all the old monster movies. Those were the kinds of movies I joyously made
in high school, never thinking of making any other kind of film. Their power
comes from suspense, the shadows on the wall. Even though Jeepers
Creepers has a few graphic moments, I tried not to predicate it on gore,
but rather on suspense and images that would be hard to forget - not because
they're graphic, but because they're unnerving and indelible."
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"I loved the script, but when
I read it I figured they'd go with someone more well-known. I went into the
audition feeling super confident because I didn't think there was any chance in
hell I'd get the part."
"I was cast before
Justin and I had to read with a lot of really good actors who (read) well for
the part of Darry. But when Justin walked in that room, apart from being a
wonderful actor, right away I felt like he was my brother."
"It's so important to
have that human element (in the film), because if you don't care about us as
brother and sister, the movie won't matter. As great as the special effects
are, it's crucial that people care about us and believe that we're real people.
And that's been a challenge, making fear real. Having people identify with you
while you're going through this traumatic experience has been a huge
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"Jeepers Creepers is
full of ordinary moments with the brother and sister, but then this thing whams
them. Then they get a moment of breathing and reassembling, and then we wham
them again. We keep taking them to place after place that might be a safe
haven, but this creature is so unstoppable that he takes every place and turns
it into another place where they're reminded they're being