Jeepers Creepers 3 will screen in US Theaters for 1 night only later this month on September 26th before fading from the limelight and, frankly, that’s just fine by me. The production has been marred by writer/director Victor Salva’s deplorable criminal past, and the resulting controversy had divided the normally tight-knit horror community. While I refuse to shame fans who are genuinely excited about a sequel they’ve waited more than a decade to see, I also stand in solidarity with those who will boycott the film. Believe it or not, the 2 stances are not mutually exclusive.
[For a summary of writer/director Victor Salva’s criminal past and why many horror fans are choosing to boycott Jeepers Creepers 3, follow the link embedded in this article. We are also including a link to a statement from Nathan Forrest Winters, Salva’s abuse survivor. We support everyone who chooses to boycott this film but will continue to bring interested readers unbiased reporting.]
While it’s never okay to dismiss or minimize the crimes of Salva, it’s also gotten to the point where people are making the situation worse with bizarre conjectures. A film critic who I respect immensely insists that the titular Creeper (played by Jonathan Breck) is a metaphor for Salva himself and that the director is glorifying his predatory sexual fantasies. Personally, I believe Salva is genuinely remorseful for his actions and the idea that he would make a subversive pro-pedophilia film is reactionary.
Another reactionary response that I recently saw online has to do with the latest poster for Jeepers Creepers 3 and, specifically, the tagline: You Axed For It. It’s an obvious pun aimed at those who have been clamoring for a continuation of the Jeepers Creepers franchise for years, as well as an allusion to the Creeper’s weapon of choice: An axe. Yet some are claiming, and others are agreeing, that “You Asked For It” is automatically an allusion to rape and that Salva made this reference on purpose.
The phrase “You asked for it” is not an automatic reference to rape. While there are probably cases where assholes used this phrase as an excuse for deplorable actions, rape is not the automatic “it”—in fact, it almost never is. Proof: Just check out the idiom definition in The Free Dictionary:
You asked for it! (Source)
- You are getting what you requested. The waiter set a huge bowl of ice cream, strawberries, and whipped cream in front of Mary, saying apologetically, “You asked for it!” Bill: Gee, this escargot stuff is gross! Mary: You asked for it!
- You are getting the punishment you deserve! Bill: The tax people just ordered me to pay a big fine. Bob: The careless way you do your tax forms caused it. You asked for it! Mother: I’m sorry to have to punish you in this fashion, but you asked for it! Bill: I did not!
I’ll inevitably be accused of being a Salva supporter, but I’m not. I’ll be accused of making light of child abuse, but I’m not. But those who insist on placing rape metaphors where they don’t belong, just because it fits a pre-established narrative, are only exasperating the issue. There are enough real facts relating to Salva that are deplorable without making up additional issues. Still, like I said in the intro to this editorial, I’ll be happy when this film has come and gone, because covering it hasn’t been much fun.
Check out the trailer and synopsis for Jeepers Creepers 3 below.
Official Synopsis: Taking place on the last day of the Creeper’s twenty-three-day feeding frenzy, as the skeptical Sargent Tubbs teams up with a task force hellbent on destroying the Creeper for good. The Creeper fights back in gory glory as its enemies grow closer than ever before to learning the secret of its dark origins.
The film features Meg Foster, Gina Philips, and Jonathan Breck.
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