Every 23rd spring for 23 days, it gets to eat...
It is now the 22nd day in The Creeper's bizarre and ritualistic banquet of body parts. The ancient flesh-eating monster has one last day to feast before it disappears again to lie in wait for its next feeding season.
A local farmer Taggart and his sons are working in his cornfields when the winged beast snatches the younger son, carrying him off in its talons to an unthinkably horrific fate. Taggart and his remaining son grimly begin assembling makeshift weapons, preparing to track the beast and destroy it. They listen to their shortwave radio for anything to indicate the creature's whereabouts.
Its now the 23rd day - On a deserted highway, a school bus carries a varsity basketball team back from a triumphant state championship game. When the bus breaks down on a lonely stretch of road, the thrill of victory is quickly replaced with a sense of foreboding. Reports of the gruesome evidence found in the newly discovered lair of The Creeper are trickling in on the radio. There is no help in sight, their cell phones are out of range, and their calls for assistance on the two-way radio are met with silence.
As the sun sets, The Creeper descends on the bus and the terrified teenagers must try to outsmart a predator whose appetite is as insatiable as it is horrific. One by one, The Creature picks off the athletes, sniffing out each victim. Soon the boys are faced with a dilemma: should they stay on the bus together or should they desert those marked for death and make a run for it?
Finally, a response on the radio. It's Taggart. Consumed with revenge, he has been tracking The Creeper on its rampage, and he is on his way. But will he be any match for the unearthly beast who took his youngest son?
What the critics are saying:
"...straightforward, flesh-crawling horror, which goes off its bloody boil in the clumsy climax, but will still terrify green viewers."- Nev Pierce, BBCi"...supplies us with a first-class creature, a fourth-rate story, and dialogue possibly created by feeding the screenplay into a pasta maker."- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times"There are a few good jolts -- and a moderate amount of spurting blood -- but things pretty much proceed exactly as you think they will."- Lou Lumenick, New York Post
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