REVIEW: JEEPERS CREEPERS 3

JEEPERS 3

 

CAST

Jonathan Breck (Spiders)
Meg Foster (The Originals)
Gabrielle Haugh (13 Reasons Why)
Stan Shaw (Snake Eyes)
Joyce Giraud (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
Gina Philips (The Anarchist Cookbook)
Michael Papajohn (Spider-Man)

The film opens with a shuriken (flying star) flying through the air and hitting a wooden post, as a man runs for his life. When the man reaches the road, the Creeper suddenly drops from the sky and flies off with him while another man watches from his truck. When he gets out to investigate, he looks up in the air and sees a severed hand fall from the sky.Twenty-three years later, shortly after the events of the first film, the police discover the Creeper’s truck filled with dead bodies. The truck has been rigged with several booby-traps, including spikes that emerge from the back, and a spear that shoots out from the tail-pipe. When Sheriff Dan Tashtego arrives, Sergeant Davis Tubbs tells him what happened and Tashtego informs him that the Creeper has been around for thousands of years and must be stopped. They then rush to get the Creeper’s truck back after learning it is headed for the impound. As Frank and Deputy Lang transport the vehicle, the Creeper lands on the tow truck and severs the cables. They then watch as the truck drives off seemingly on its own, while the Creeper stands on top of it. When the truck turns around, the Creeper lands on Frank and abducts him while Lang froze in fear, pointing her gun at it. The next day, Gaylen Brandon sees a vision of her son Kenny, who was killed by the Creeper twenty-three years earlier. He warns her that the Creeper will return soon to uncover something buried on the property and will kill anyone there, including her and her granddaughter, Addison.Meanwhile, Tashtego informs Tubbs that he has put together a small team to hunt down the Creeper and kill it once and for all. Later, a group of teenagers discovers the Creeper’s truck in a field. After finding the bodies, they take off on dirt bikes but one of them, Kirk, is shot in the leg with the spear. As two of the other boys try to free him, the Creeper returns and kills them both with another spear. The last boy is abducted by the Creeper as he tries to escape for peeing on the Creeper’s truck. Later, Addison goes into town to buy hay for her horse. When she can’t pay for it, her friend Buddy helps her out and the two drive up to a plantation house to deliver more hay. There they find the owner and a couple other men hiding under cars, but before they can get help the Creeper arrives and abducts Addison, leaving Buddy traumatized. Gaylen discovers a sack containing the Creeper’s severed hand buried in her front yard, and when she touches it she goes into a hypnotic state. When Tashtego and Tubbs arrive with the team, she reveals that the hand contains secrets about the Creeper’s origins, and Tashtego decides to touch it to uncover a possible way to kill it. Addison wakes up in the Creeper’s truck, along with Kirk and together they try to find a way out. When Kirk reaches for the door handle a spear shoots out from between the seats and impales him in the head.Meanwhile, Tashtego and Tubbs discover the Creeper’s location and they head off to find him, along with Michael who has a machine gun attached to his car. They find the Creeper driving down the highway in his truck, but when they shoot at it the bullets deflect, and Michael is killed. A small explosive is then ejected from the bottom of the Creeper’s truck. When it goes off, Tashtego and Tubbs car lands in a field. Tubbs gets out and tries to shoot the Creeper, but all of his attempts fail. Before the Creeper can kill Tubbs, Tashtego calls him and he goes for him instead. When the Creeper jumps in the air Tashtego shoots him several times with the machine gun, but the bullets have no affect and he is tackled to the ground by the Creeper and struck in the head with an axe. When the Creeper stands he removes his axe from Tashtego’s head and walks away, while Tubbs watches from afar. That night, the Creeper discovers that Addison is still alive but before he can kill her, she causes the spear to shoot out and impale him in the head. She quickly escapes and runs through a field. Unable to run, he throws a spear at her which barely misses her. He is then hit by a truck and Addison runs away. When the truck driver gets out to see what happened, he is killed by the Creeper. Addison runs and hides in the field, but she is found by Gaylen and Buddy and the three leave together. The Creeper then returns to Gaylen’s house where he finds a sign that says ‘We know what you are’ along with the hand, and yells out in anger.The next day, Addison says goodbye to Buddy as he leaves for a high school basketball game in the same bus that is attacked by the Creeper in the second movie. Twenty-three years later, Trish Jenner is seen typing a letter on a computer calling for people to fight against the Creeper when it returns, and vows to get revenge on the Creeper for the death of her brother, Darry.For a lower budget horror film, JC3 does an admirable job in living up to the quality of its predecessors. The film takes place between the events of the first and second films and also brings Trish (Gina Philips) back for a nod to a potential fourth installment. The infamous truck is back and is as diabolical as ever, with a few new twists. Editing really lends itself to a thriller-type feel, but still with a good deal of kills/blood in keeping with the canon. Acting by the principals was generally excellent, Jonathan Breck is still in top form. CGI weaker in quality than most films today, given the budget shortcomings, but not any worse than the first film. All-in-all, thought it was better than the trailer hinted, and am looking forward to the re-match between Trish and the Creeper should they make jeepers 4.