Jeepers Creepers 3 Review

Jeepers Creepers 3 is a 2017 horror film directed by Victor Salva, starring Johnathan Breck, Meg Foster, Gabrielle Haugh, Stan Shaw, and Brandon Smith.  Serving as the third installment in the Jeepers Creepers series, the film follows a sergeant and his task force embark on a mission to destroy the Creeper on its last day of feeding. The Creeper soon fights back when they get close to discovering its mysterious and dark origins.


Positives:

  • Decent performances by Smith and Shaw
  • Interesting premise

Negatives:

  • Poor performances
  • Forgettable characters
  • Too many characters
  • Terrible script
  • Worst direction
  • Terrible story
  • Lackluster performances
  • Forgettable cast
  • Forgettable music
  • Terrible CGI

Plot:  On the last day of its feeding, the Creeper is being hunted by Sheriff Dan Tashtego and his task force who enlist the help of officer Davis Tubbs to help stop the monster’s killing spree. The story is pretty damn interesting but it is totally screwed in this movie.  There are basically two storylines going.  The first, a group of people hunting the Creeper and the second, this family that’s tied to the Creeper’s origins.  The story of the family struggling to save their farm is not only a pretty poor troupe but also a very non-important one.  There is also this subplot about the characters learning of the Creepers’ origins and possibly how to kill it but this story is not explored.  The ending attempts to connect with the second one and it does but not in an effective way.  But despite all of this, there is no story.   Just a bunch of random sequences and the Creeper killing people left and right. (1 out of 5)

Characters:  Most of the characters are one dimensional and completely forgettable. Characters make dumbass decisions.  Sheriff Dan Tashtego and Sergeant Davis Tubbs are the only interesting characters.  The film gives us almost no exposition to any other characters.  Did not give a damn about Addison and Gaylen. I want to know what kind of parents would leave their daughter with this obviously crazy woman.  Gaylen is a complete waste of a character.  For some reason, she sees her dead son, Kenny, and somehow he’s connected to the Creeper giving her warnings. Why? This dude is dead.  If he were warning Jezzle (Patricia Belcher) from the first film, it would make sense because she’s psychic.  There’s this stupid romance between Addison and Buddy that is completely unwarranted. (2 out of 5)

Cast:  The performances leave much to be desired.  Brandon Smith returns as Sgt. Tubbs and along with Stan Shaw (Tashtego) give the only decent performances.  Johnathan Breck does a good job as the Creeper.  The rest of the cast is crap. The supporting cast includes Meg Foster (Gaylen), Gabrielle Haugh (Addison), Joyce Giraud (Dana), Jordan Salloum (Kenny), Chester Rushing (Buddy), Carrie Lazar (Beth), Meg Wright (Gracie), and Ryan Moore (Kirk). Gina Philips makes a small cameo at the end of the film. (2 out of 5)

Visuals:  The Creeper costume effects look good, although the CGI wings have definitely seen better days.  In fact, all of the CGI sucks.  The scene where the Creeper lands on the back of the truck with the teens, the wing effects look impossibly bad.  The kills are lackluster with nothing intense about them.  Also, there are moments where the Creeper looks like he has a bit of a gut.  What’s the matter, Creeper? Having a bit too much to eat. (2 out of 5)

Score:  Nothing memorable about the soundtrack.  Half of the music sounds pretty generic while the other does somewhat fit to the Jeepers Creepers score. (1 out of 5)

Writing:  The writing is absolutely atrocious and Victor Salva has definitely taken the direction to hell.  There are so many instances where things happen and don’t make any sense whatsoever. The whole thing where the police were investigating the truck and there’s all these traps and stuff is just ridiculous.  Made for a bunch of cheap jump scares. Also, the truck acts like it’s possessed/alive.  Also, the fact that if you touch the Creepers’ severed hand it “shows” you all this information about it is ridiculous.  And the fact that the truck was deflecting bullets, and not only bullets, but armor piercing rounds does not make any sense.  The little rolling bombs is something else that doesn’t make any sense.  And what’s crazy is that the Creeper was killing all of these people but only actually killed one person that was actually hunting him and that’s Tashtego.

See, the film does what the second film did wrong.  Introduce a bunch of forgettable characters (specifically teen characters), unnecessary teen drama, someone having visions for no reason.  Big example; there’s this scene where these teens come up on the truck in a field, get off their bikes and investigate.  Nobody would seriously take the time to investigate some random old ass truck in some field unless they were poorly written characters with no depth.  And one of the biggest disappoints is the fact that despite the film revolving around the Creeper’s origins, there is absolutely nothing and I mean nothing that has anything to do with his origins.  There’s a bunch of other things that is wrong with this film that I’m not going to go in to. (1 out of 5)


The Verdict:  In the end, Jeepers Creepers 3 is a major disappointment and definitely is film that could possibly kill a franchise.  It’s pretty obvious the writer didn’t give a damn.  There is almost no redeeming qualities.  Sure, there are decent performances by Smith and Shaw but the movie suffers from an atrociously written script, poor direction, lackluster characters, story, and performances, and terrible, terrible CGI.  Jeepers Creepers 3 gets 2 out of 5.

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