Jeepers Creepers Reborn


Jeepers Creepers is a very well regarded horror film that spawned one pretty good sequel and another that is best forgotten. The film created a new monster that taps into primal fears and manages to seem truly unique. It should have led to long running franchise, and it might have were it not for one little problem:


Victor Salva.

Salva wrote and directed all three films. They could have been what he was best known for. Unfortunately, he chose a different path in life. Salva was sentenced to three years in prison for molesting a child who worked one one of his movies.  He really should never have been allowed on a film set again, but Hollywood hadn't learned that lesson yet (really, it doesn't seem like Hollywood has fully learned it even now). 

Knowing what we know about Salva makes these films not just difficult to watch, but raises a series of ethical questions about supporting an artist who is an actual monster (we're talking Polanski level monster here, not run of the mill sexual harasser like Joss Whedon).

Going forward Salva's creation may be saved from him the way Darry was nearly saved by Jezelle when the Creeper had his scent. 

Excuse me while I go off on this tangent, I promise to get back to the point of this news piece shortly.

It is some interest that the monster in these movies (The Creeper, not to be confused with the Scooby-Doo villain of the same name) hunts young people whose scent he has gotten. His pursuit leads inevitably to the teen being consumed via objectification of sorts. This leads one to think that Salva, either consciously or not, based his monster on himself.

Anyway, back to the point.

Variety and others have reported that Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky) has taaken over the franchise for Screen Gems and is rebooting the property for the big screen. 

The new movie, Jeepers Creepers ReBorn (slated for release this year) takes place inLouisiana at the Horror Hound festival that is,

According to Syfy Wire:

"a first-of-its-kind event that "attracts hundreds of geeks, freaks and die-hard horror fans from far and wide," reads the official synopsis provided by Variety. The plot centers around Chase and his girlfriend, Laine, who reluctantly agrees to attend the festival with him. Her ambivalence is justified when she starts having strange premonitions about the Creeper, an eons-old being that awakens every 23 years — à la Stephen King's Pennywise — to steal human organs in order to sustain its own immortality. "As the festival arrives and the blood-soaked entertainment builds to a frenzy, Laine believes that something unearthly has been summoned…and that she is at the center of it,"



We at Couch Thing are pretty excited to get a continuation of this series that doesn't involve supporting a real life monster. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.