Taglines: It’s coming…and it’s hungry.
The film opens with a shuriken (throwing 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 (Jonathan Breck) 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 ‘Jeepers Creepers’ 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 bed of the truck, and a spear that shoots out from the tail-pipe. When Sheriff Dan Tashtego (Stan Shaw) arrives, Sergeant Davis Tubbs (Brandon Smith) 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 the tow-truck driver Frank (Michael Papajohn) and Deputy Lang (Joyce Giraud) 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 stands frozen in fear.
The next day, an elderly woman named Gaylen Brandon (Meg Foster) sees a vision of her son Kenny, who was killed by the Creeper twenty-three years earlier. He warns her that the Creeper will soon return to uncover something buried on the property and will kill anyone who’s still there, including her and her granddaughter, Addison (Gabrielle Haugh), when it does.
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 discover the Creeper’s truck in a field. After finding the bodies, they take off on dirt bikes, but one of them, Kirk (Ryan Moore), 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 Hooks (Chester Rushing) 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.
Meanwhile, 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 way to kill it.
Addison wakes up in the Creeper’s truck along with Kirk, and together they try to find a way out, however, when Kirk reaches for the door handle, a metal rod 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 truck). 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, and 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 shots miss. Before the Creeper can kill Tubbs, Tashtego calls out and the Creeper goes for him instead. When the Creeper jumps into the air, Tashtego shoots him several times with the machine gun, but the bullets have no effect and he is tackled to the ground and struck in the head with an ax. When the Creeper stands up, he removes his ax from Tashtego’s head and walks away, while Tubbs watches from afar.
Jeepers Creepers 3 is a 2017 American horror film written and directed by Victor Salva and the third installment in the Jeepers Creepers franchise, taking place in between Jeepers Creepers and Jeepers Creepers 2. Jonathan Breck reprises his role as the Creeper. Gina Philips returns in a cameo as her character Trish Jenner, her first time returning to the franchise since the original film.
In January 2017, it was confirmed the film was back in pre-production and that filming would begin in February 2017 in Louisiana, instead of Canada as originally planned (more closely duplicating the Florida setting of the original film). Principal photography finally began on February 15, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On April 4, one of the cameras of the production revealed in their social networks that the filming was already finished.
The film was shown in theaters on September 26, 2017, in what was originally announced as a one-night-only showing, and was then shown again on October 4, 2017. During its limited two-day run, Jeepers Creepers 3 grossed $2.3 million in the United States and $997,710 in other territories for a worldwide total of $3.2 million. The film opened in 635 theaters for one day and debuted in #3 in Tuesday Box Office ranking, alongside Kingsman: The Golden Circle and It.
Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017)
Directed by: Victor Salva
Starring: Jonathan Breck, Meg Foster, Gabrielle Haugh, Chester Rushing, Stan Shaw, Brandon Smith, Gina Philips, Joyce Giraud, Michael Papajohn, Patrick Thomas Cragin, Frankie Smith
Screenplay by: Victor Salva
Production Design by: Robert Hummel
Cinematography by: Don E. FauntLeRoy
Film Editing by: Misty Talley
Costume Design by: Jayme Bohn
Set Decoration by: Carol Hummel
Music by: Andrew Morgan Smith
Distributed by: Screen Media Films
Release Date: October 4, 2017