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Trish Jenner

In one of the most underrated movies in Horror, Trish Jenner (Gina Philips) and her brother Darry (Justin Long) take a ride through the country in hopes of arriving home safe during spring break. Little do they realize something evil stalks the travelers, and they’re about to meet it face to face. This week, my Women Who Wow Wednesday series focuses its crosshairs on the reluctant hero Trish Jenner of the movie Jeepers Creepers.

Gina Philips as Patricia "Trish" Jenner
Gina Philips as Patricia “Trish” Jenner

It starts with the siblings witnessing a possible crime and the story escalates from there. Released in late August of 2001 with a budget of $10 Million and directed by Victor Salva, the movie went on to make almost $60 Million worldwide. Yet, not only did most critics pan it, the film is not a Horror fan favorite either.

Although for a third of the movie Trish appears as a self-centered sister, her character shines once her brother returns in shock after having explored a hole in the ground. Her “keep it together” phrase comes in handy with every passing moment Darry losses touch with reality. Instead of fear, which her brother shows without restraint, her strength lies in remaining calm regardless of what is going on around her.

Jeepers Creepers
Jeepers Creepers

The turning point in her character comes when she gets behind the wheel of her busted up collector car and decides to take matters in her own hands. Gone is the apprehensive, smart aleck. In its place, an action hero takes control to save the day. One of the best lines of the movie goes something like this:

Darry: Is he dead?
Trish: They never are.

Trish then proceeds to run over whatever’s been chasing them for the length of the film several times before her brother says, “Enough.” Nothing quite like a character who’s had enough of a situation to let her inhibitions run wild.

As much as Trish fulfills the role of a Doubting Thomas, in the later half, she makes it clear her only intention is to protect her and her brother from harm’s way. As much as she complains, throws sarcastic remarks or hides her emotion, she is very much a woman as any woman could be—but stronger. Her instincts guide her in times of peril. When everyone else runs away, she remains firm in her stance against the unknown.

And it’s that firmness in resolve that makes her someone to admire.


Have you seen Jeepers Creepers? What did you think of Trish Jenner?


Jack Flacco is an author and the founder of Looking to God Ministries, an organization dedicated to spreading the Word of God through outreach programs, literature and preaching.

15 thoughts on “Trish Jenner

  1. I loved this movie since the first time it came out.
    What really got me was the relationship between the brother and his kind of reminded me of my younger brother and I..but with out the crazy Jeepers Creepers guy. lol

  2. One of my favourite films, there is also a sequel with strong women in it, and it’s a great sequel at that.

  3. Trish is the not so secret star. Without her, this would perhaps just be an average horror movie. ‘Is he dead?!’ – ‘They never are.’ is a classic. 😉

  4. I have always loved horror films, from slasher t psychological to sci-fi. I can be a harsh critic. But I love this movie. It’s very scary, an interesting villain, and has characters that are beyond the one-dimensional types we often see in a lot of mainstream horror. Ever since Alien, I’ve loved horror films where the hero is a woman. I loved the character of aTrish & the actress who played her.
    I think you have an opportunity to flesh out the “doubting Thomas” concept and her character’s changes throughout the film. Idk why it wasn’t a bigger hit w/critics because it’s not just a simple slasher flick. It’s why people watch it every time it’s on cable…which they do. Everyone I know who likes horror enjoys this film.

  5. I saw Jeepers Creepers for the first time about a year ago, I’m a big chicken so when it comes to scary movies just about anything will frighten me. I did like Trish and felt that she embodied the more logical braver side of myself while watching the movie.

  6. My daughters saw this movie when it came out. They would get the shivers and laugh over loud when they would talk about the movie and the scenes that stuck with them. I couldn’t hide my laughter when one, or the other, would bark “Keep it together” at the other sibling when we would have to drive home in the dark out in the country after a long day of grocery shopping far from home.

    Thank you for reminding me of my daughters 😀

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