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JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 Premiere Cancelled After Protest

The Horror community is divided on whether or not the film JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 should ever be released. This has nothing to do with the quality of the film or its subject matter. It’s because of the criminal history of writer/director Victor Salva. Salva is a convicted pedophile.

My view on it is this: When a criminal, any criminal, is released on parole, he is not only expected to get a job, he is required to do so to keep from being sent back to prison. If a convicted sex offender got a job at McDonalds (and I guarantee you there are many, many convicted sex offenders who work at McDonalds), I doubt anybody would say we should all boycott McDonalds because of it. The way Salva earns a living just happens to be by making movies. To me, it’s a dangerous thing if we start trying to say what kinds of jobs are acceptable and what kinds aren’t for ex-cons to hold. And like it or not, the man DID serve his time. Should he have received a harsher punishment than his 18 months in a treatment facility? No arguments from me there. But that’s something to take up with the State wherein Salva was sentenced and the judge who did the sentencing.

I will still eat at McDonalds. And I will go see JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 when it comes out, or, if the protesters succeed in preventing its release, the way they stopped a special advanced screening in Los Angeles recently, I will watch it on DVD. This does not mean that I in any way excuse the crimes of Victor Salva.

As it stands right now, JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 will be released for one night in theaters nationwide, on September 26th. That’s a Tuesday. I will be in attendance. I will also vote for harsher criminal sentencing for sex offenders, if such an option ever shows up on the ballot. For me, there is no conflict betwixt these two actions.

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763

MORTUI VELOCES SUNT!

TheCheezman • September 1, 2017


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