When Jeepers Creepers made its appearance on the big screen I was 12 years old and, coming from an apprehensive Italian family, I wasn’t allowed to watch horror movies.
Becoming a teenager, however, my uncle introduced me to the horror genre (something I’m still thankful for), showing me all the classics of the genre and some other films we would pick up at Blockbuster (remember that?).
Long story short, we came across Jeepers Creepers (2001) and, being young and silly, I found that disposable flick a very entertaining movie. Obviously, I checked out the sequel right away (Jeepers Creepers 2, 2003) and got shocked by the fact that the third chapter of the franchise was on hold.
A few years ago, when I became a true cinephile and lover/”expert” of the horror genre, I delved into the production history of the franchise and discovered that the director, Victor Salva, was a child molester.
Without digging too deeply into the court case – I’m very ignorant about jurisprudence – back in 1988, Salva was convicted of sexual misconduct with one of Clownhouse‘s underage stars – a 12-year-old boy – including videotaping one of the encounters. Commercial videotapes and magazines containing child pornography were also found at his home.
I personally believe that child abuse is (alongside rape) the worst crime a person could ever commit. Therefore, I got rid of my JC DVDs right after I learnt about that dirty story and decided never to watch Jeepers Creepers 3.
Now, Silva served only 15 months in prison for a terrible, vicious crime. He also made a career (quite an anonymous one, to be fair) despite all he’s done.
Unfortunately, despite the controversy, Jeepers Creepers 3 is hitting a few theatres in America on these days. Yes, the movie has been butchered throughout the years and its release compromised, but I still believe that’s not enough.
Victor Salva is still making money out of a career that should have been stopped many years ago and lives like a free citizen who didn’t receive a strong enough punishment for his crime.
He’s the real monster; The Creeper is a Teddy Bear in comparison.
Please, don’t go see, buy or download Jeepers Creepers 3. Regardless of its cinematic value, the person behind the camera doesn’t deserve your money or any time of your life.
If you want to boycott the project and agree with me on this moral issue, please check out this petition and sign it!