Review: JEEPERS CREEPERS 3
Those protesting the film, the result of which was its being released to theaters for one night only, sure didn’t do anything to diminish the enthusiasm for the movie that I witnessed tonight. The theater was packed, and the audience loved it. They applauded at the end. There was cheering and laughter (yes, the film has some moments of dark humor) throughout. The movie, in other words, went over big time. But did it deserve such a response? Was it really that good?
Hell yes, it was that good. It was ferociously good. Writer-Director-Producer Victor Salva had 14 years to whittle away at the project, put a shine on it, and that certainly was evident in what we saw on the screen. JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 was better than IT. It was better than any Horror movie I’ve seen in theaters in some time. It was, and this isn’t hyperbole on my part, a perfect Horror movie.
The main thing I felt was missing from the first JEEPERS CREEPERS sequel was the Creepermobile being featured as a character in the movie. Boy did Salva remedy that this time! The truck, in fact, is a monster all its own; it can accurately be said that there are TWO monsters in this movie. There are hints that the Creepermobile might just be sentient, the way Christine the car is sentient, or at the least it is controlled by the Creeper when he isn’t driving–or even around. Let’s see, what else? The acting! All the performances were strong. There were no weak links. The story? It fit perfectly between the first two movies, as well as offering a postscript to the second–which conveniently promises more movies to come. JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 didn’t exactly end so on a cliffhanger, but neither is the story finished. And while the Creeper’s true origin was hinted at, we still don’t know what it is, only that the Creeper is “ancient” and is a part of something “so big.”
If you missed it, sadly you won’t get another opportunity to see it in theaters. But by all means grab it as soon as it comes out on video. This one is an instant classic. Like the original, which blew everybody away when it debuted 17 years ago, this latest installment is devastatingly fresh and brutally original. Salva, whatever else he may be, is a genius filmmaker. He has given us a Monster who will stand proudly next to the great icons of Horror, equally feared and loved. Whether one celebrates the fact or laments it, the Creeper isn’t going away and, just as in the films, cannot be stopped. Quality more than box office returns will be the life’s blood of this franchise.