The original Jeepers Creepers freaked out a whole lotta people (us included), and none more so than Ed's Justin Long. But it wasn't what he saw while playing the creature feature's embattled protagonist that gave him nightmares, it was what we didn't see.
"The hardest scene for me to do in that movie," he tells TV Guide Online, "was the one right after I saw all that scary scary stuff [in the Creeper's stiffs-stuffed lair]. We all really wanted to make it authentic... to make that fear as real as possible. I didn't know how I was going to do it. It was the kind of experience that leaves a [gray] streak in your hair" à la JoBeth Williams in Poltergeist.
Nonetheless, the junior achiever was determined to give himself a proper case of the heebie-jeebies. To that end, "I sat in a car for a good hour and a half," he recalls, "just thinking about the worst things imaginable, sobbing, snot running out of my nose, hyperventilating, thinking of family members dying in terrible ways.
"I don't recommend this for other actors!" he adds with a laugh. "It's just something I felt I had to do to get to that point [emotionally]."
Long pauses before continuing, the memory of what happened next as fresh in his mind now as if it happened yesterday. "Finally," he continues at last, "they were ready. I had a horrible migraine headache because I was just drained. The crew was being very respectful. They were even going to do my close-up [shot] first, so I could just let go a little bit. And then... "
He pauses again, perhaps reliving the dreadful moment. When he begins anew, there is a note of incredulity in his voice, of mock outrage. "Then," he says, "it started raining. I got really upset! [Getting that scene done] took well over two hours, and then it was cut out [of the picture], anyway!" Scary, indeed!