What is the creature in Jeepers Creepers?

Little did Darry know he had eyes to die for!
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What is this creature?

No one really knows although the characters in the story gave us a lot of clues.

Darry told Minxie in Jeepers Creepers 2 that “Every 23rd Spring, for 23 days, it gets to eat.” Minxie told us that “It came out of the earth and it’ll go back soon.” Whatever the Creeper is, he is very old, very hungry and will die if he doesn’t eat.

Why does it prey on humans?

And the lesson today is how to die!

The Creeper preys on humans because it needs to keep rejuvenating itself. Jezelle Explains this to us in the first Jeepers Creepers when she is talking to Darry and Trish “It's eaten too many hearts for its own to ever stop.”, “Every twenty-third Spring. For twenty-three days. It gets to eat.  Whatever it needs. It eats eyes so it can see. It eats lungs so it can breathe…”


Can it be defeated?

Nothing stops the Creeper not even a splitting headache!

In theory there are ways to defeat the Creeper. It would involve causing him a lot of damage and not having any victim to regenerate with. He has been wounded many times and old man Taggart stabbed him to within an inch of his life. 

He survived Jeepers Creepers 2 by going into hibernation. The damage inflicted would also need to happen before he went into hibernation. This means that on the 23rd year you have 22 days to kill the Creeper.

Old man Taggart making the Creeper into a pin cushion.

22 days to hurt him badly and make sure he has nothing to eat. Someone gets close enough to be eaten and the cycle starts again. Minxie tends to disagree though “You won’t be able to kill it… Doesn’t matter what you do to it, it’ll still come back.” and “I told you, it doesn’t matter what you do to it! It’ll always come back… Twenty-three years from now. And then twenty-three years from then.” Thanks Minxie you just blew my theory straight to hell.

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