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Director Victor Salva wanted the countryside settings for the film to have an eerie quality about them. However Salva said that the Florida filming locations were so beautiful that often times the footage for the film would have to be darkened down to give the locations a more menacing appearance.

At the time of its release Jeepers Creepers was the highest grossing film to ever be released during Labor Day weekend. The record would subsequently be broken by its own sequel, Jeepers Creepers II in 2003.

The original truck from the film is owned by a private collector in Maryland, who keeps it in storage awaiting the filming of JC3.

Debbi Morgan and Tina Turner were considered for the role of Jezelle Gay Hartman.

The original title was "Here comes the Boogeyman".

In Jezelle's living room scene, Victor Salva's high school graduation picture can be seen doctored up to look like a record album from the 1930s with "Jeepers Creepers" on it.

Director Cameo: (Victor Salva) Body in The Creeper's "house of pain".

Cameo: (Jonathan Breck) The Creeper, without makeup, appears as a policeman.

In the end of the film when Justin Long's character, Darry, is heard screaming, it is actually Tom Tarantini, who also had the minor role of car thief Austin McCoy as well as Coach Dwayne Barnes in the sequel. Tarantini stood in for Long, as he was busy shooting the second season of the TV series "Ed" (2000), while this scene was filmed.

The gear shift in the car was originally in the steering column. It was installed into the floorboard to fit the needs of the script.

# # Gina Philips (Trish) and Justin Long (Darry) were not allowed to meet Jonathan Breck before filming (in order to get a true reaction from them when they actually did see him with his full costume and makeup), nor did they see the BEATNGU truck before the opening scene was shot. When Philips first saw the truck, she said something to the effect of: "Is that the truck? Jeepers, that's creepy."

Victor Salva originally wrote the role of the Creeper for Lance Henriksen.

The original title was "Here comes the Boogeyman".

Thanks to a slash in the budget, the shooting schedule was cut down from 42 days to 35 instead.

The oath "Jeepers Creepers!" originated in the early 20th century as a polite euphemism for Jesus Christ. Jiminy Crickets was a synonym before the latter phrase was co-opted by Walt Disney as the name of a cartoon insect.

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