Directed by Victor Salva, starring Ray Wise, Jonathan Breck, Nicki Lynn Aycox, Eric Nenninger, Garikayi Mutambirwa, Drew Tyler Bell and Luke Edwards.

Maybe someone else has already taken the glory, but there's a thesis just waiting to be done on the dwindling scares in horror movies. It probably wouldn't be too hard to write and even if you did feel dwarfed by getting the whole thing down on paper, you've still got the definitive film to back up your argument: this woeful mess.

Once again evil creature with penchant for cowboy clobber The Creeper (Breck) is hungry. A troubled farmer (Wise), his sons and a school busload of teen fodder are the victims - and of course anyone who pays in to see this.

No-one expects cinema verité in a story about a flying killer who comes out every 23rd spring and takes his targets skywards, but could a cheerleader really stick a javelin pole through the metal roof of a bus and into the leg of the bad guy? And Creeper aside, there's no central character, the pacing is dire and it takes 104 minutes to be put out of your misery.

Those who said that 'Jeepers Creepers' began promisingly, only to nosedive into farce, won't be able to be so kind here. A 15-year-old might get the odd jump but for everyone else, this is a fright-free disaster that makes you long for the 80's glory days of straight-to-video horror. After this, 'Freddy vs Jason' just can't hit Irish screens quick enough.

Harry Guerin