Who did Nicki Aycox play in Jeepers Creepers 2?

Bruno Cooke November 22, 2022
Who did Nicki Aycox play in Jeepers Creepers 2?
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Jeepers Creepers 2, Perfect Stranger and Supernatural actor Nicki Aycox has died at the age of 47 following a two-year battle with leukemia. 

Her last Instagram update is from March 26, 2022. The caption makes reference to receiving “high doses of chemo.”

Aycox’s sister-in-law, Susan Raab Ceklosky, confirmed news of her death via Facebook. 

She described her as “beautiful, smart, fierce, incredibly talented, and loving.”

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Who did Nicki Aycox play in Jeepers Creepers 2?

In Jeepers Creepers 2, Nicki Aycox played Minxie Hayes. The movie came out in 2003, when Aycox was 27 or 28. Hayes is a psychic cheerleader; she wasn’t in the first film.

The action of the film takes place three days after the events of the first, and a day after the events of the third. Minxie has various visions about Creepers that guide her decisions and the film’s narrative.

In an interview with Bullz-Eye shortly after it came out, she talked about what it was like going into her first “big, big” feature film.

“I think it was because for all of us it was sort of the first big, big studio film that we did so everyone was just really happy to have that job and they went in and just mixed and worked together,” she said. “Which I think comes across [in the movie].”

She hadn’t seen the original movie when she got the script for its sequel

“I went out and watched it when I got the script,” she told Bullz-Eye. 

She saw Jeepers Creepers 2 as a springboard into working more in film, as opposed to television – Nicki Aycox had done plenty of television, but hadn’t been in many feature films at that point. 

“I think I enjoy films more,” she said. “I think I would like to sort of try and get more in the direction of doing independent features, even though it’s very lonely, I would want to do that instead of television. 

And she added: “I just have done a lot of television and I have just kind of gotten tired of it, obviously.”

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What other movies and TV shows was Nicki Aycox in after Jeepers Creepers 2?

Jeepers Creepers 2 came out in 2003, and propelled Nicki Aycox, via Minxie Hayes, into the limelight. 

The following year, she played Annabelle in western horror film Dead Birds; by the turn of the decade, she had starred in movies like Perfect Stranger, The X-Files: I Want To Believe, Animals and Tom Cool.

She also continued to hold down regular and substantial roles in several TV series. Aycox played Christina Rush in 12 episodes of Cold Case, Brenda Mitchell in 11 episodes of Over There, and Jamie Allen in 20 episodes of Dark Blue.

Her last onscreen credit is as Danielle Williams in TV movie Dead On Campus, in 2014. 

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Tributes pour in following news of her death

Supernatural and The Boys creator Epic Kripke said he was “gutted” to hear of her passing.

“Too young,” he wrote on Twitter. “She was a delight and delivered lines like honey and venom. I marvel at how she made a simple word like ‘lacklustre’ legendary.”

Her sister-in-law Susan Raab Ceklosky paid tribute via Facebook. See here.

And since news of her passing emerged, her most recent Instagram post has been inundated with words of sadness and condolence for Aycox’s family.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.