Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jeepers Creepers -- Old Church Location

I wasn't a huge fan of the first Jeepers Creepers. Honestly, I found myself getting EXTREMELY aggravated with one of the main characters! However, I thought it was a very creepy film with wonderful natural cinematography.

So, I had the opportunity to see what I think is one of the filming locations! I believe it's the old church where the Creeper dumped the bodies down the pipe hole and the church was near. It's in Mount Dora, FL on 441 going towards Orlando.




There are rumors that the church burned down a couple of years ago but I can't find sources that are 100% sure. Many people say that the old church was filmed in Dunnellon, FL near a high school but once again no one is exactly sure. I looked on IMDb and below are the filming locations.

FILM LOCATIONS
Bushnell, Florida, USA

Dunnellon, Florida, USA

Florida, USA

Lake County, Florida, USA

Marion County, Florida, USA

Ocala, Florida, USA

Sumter County, Florida, USA

Wildwood, Florida, USA

For those of you have never seen Jeepers Creepers, it's about a brother and sister whose on their college spring break. They're driving back home on this long, endless, isolated back road to visit their mother. Along the way a weird truck tries to run them off the road. Later on, they see that same driver disposing what looks like a human body down a drainpipe near an old church. This is what really aggravated me. Derry (Justin Long) convinces his older sister, Trish (Gina Phillips), that they HAVE to investigate! WHY?!! And of course, they do because there would be no movie if they didn't... If I was there I would have NEVER checked it out. Then again...that's just me, clearly! Anyhow, so, they do check it out and it leads them in to turmoil of insane, deadly trouble with the Creeper!



The church does look like it's reconstructed over the years but it still looks pretty creepy! There is a gas station that was recently built near the location. I heard from locals that it's tourist spot, many people come from all over and take photos.





If you live somewhere near Central Florida and you enjoy visiting creepy places, I say that you should!


I plan on checking out many horror film locations so this is first of many!

Happy Horror!

10 comments:

  1. I love all the creepy places like this in America. We have very little wood clad building here in the UK, for obvious wet weather reasons but I just love the look of all the wooden houses in America, I find them to be spookier with an old time quaintness about them!

    I love Jeepers Creepers, have done since I was a teen! Me and my friends would watch it and sing the 'Jeepers Creepers where'd you get those peepers' song in the dark at sleepovers to freak each other out! ~ ♥ ~

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  2. So cool looking forward to more locations. But I must say I love Jeepers Creepers if not for the fact its a Monster Movie! Not a slasher movie. It had me at the edge of my seat. But I agree Justin Long drove me nuts.

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  3. Very good post and different from the norm.

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  4. Guess who's going on a holiday to Florida in May? And guess who's now even more excited about his trip, because he wants to go to that place? :-)

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  5. The old church was burned down several years ago. Nothing there but a vacant lot now. It is on a different road a couple of miles from the one where they filmed the rest of the driving sequences. Edited together, they made it all look like the same endless stretch of road.

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    1. its on Estes Road (CR 44A) in Eustis FL not Mount Dora. The are has changed since the film but it is the location.

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    2. I live in mt dora,..Google earth 6602 old 441 s . It's not the address,..but will show a church still standing. It's right at old 441. And n orange blossom trail behind the gas station. Very neat.

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  6. The Church in Mt Dora isn't the one, it just happens to look like it. The actual Church burnt down a year after the filming according to the Ocala Film Commissioners website. - http://www.ocalafilm.com/faq.asp

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