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Amid Controversy, Jeepers Creepers 3 Will Air on SyFy in October

Coming Exclusively To iHorror October 27th

If you missed the (very) limited theatrical screenings of Jeepers Creepers 3 and have an interest in seeing it, fear not. It has been reported on Upcoming Horror Movies that SyFy Channel will air the film on October 28.

Jeepers Creepers 3 was set for a one-night only theatrical release on September 26 but, due to popular demand, a second screening was presented on October 4. Starring Jonathan Breck, Brandon Smith, Meg Foster, Gina Philips, Stan Shaw, and Ray Wise, the synopsis is as 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.”

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the film, including boycotts and petitions. It has been quite a divisive topics among horror fans, with some sides arguing that Salva’s work should not be supported, while others acknowledge the hard work that other skilled actors and crew put into the production.

For those who are not aware, director Victor Salva was convicted for the sexual molestation of a 12-year-old actor in his film Clownhouse – and for the possession of child pornography – in 1988. He served 18 months of his three year sentence in a treatment center in Napa Valley.

via We Got This Covered

Now, the irony of a convicted pedophile creating a predatory monster called the “Creeper” is not lost on me. I should also note that early reviews of the film described a molestation subplot for the young female protagonist in Jeepers Creepers 3, with other characters seemingly defending the actions. IndieWire’s review quotes the dialogue, saying “Can you blame him though? I mean look at her. The heart wants what it wants, am I right?”. This line was removed from the theatrical cut.

Nathan Forrest Winters was groomed by Salva for the purposes of a sexual relationship that spanned over six years. He is working on a documentary about his trauma called The Babysitter – directed by Connar Frazier – and raising funds for a speaking tour to spread awareness on child sexual abuse. Winters is also starting a non-profit organization called We R Their Voice to “be the voice for our children who virtually have none in our judicial system”. You can donate to his cause here.

After the cancellation of a premiere screening for Jeepers Creepers 3, Winters released this statement to Without Your Head:

“We would like to first express our sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of love and support we have received these past few weeks. It is beyond words. Thank you all. Due to the nature of the controversy which led to the cancellation of the premiere of Jeepers Creepers 3, we would like to make it known that we had no part in the events which took place. While we are humbled, it should be made clear that we believe that it is the viewers’ choice whether to watch a Victor Salva film. We want Jeepers Creepers fans to know that we understand their frustration. Our purpose in this isn’t to stop Victor from working, only to let the truth be brought to light. No one is out for vengeance. We look forward to sharing the truth with you through our documentary The Babysitter, which will be out in 2019.”

Check out the trailer for Jeepers Creepers 3 below.

Featured image via We Got This Covered