Movie Review: Jeepers Creepers III (2017)

Synopsis: A Creeper-obsessed sheriff and local authorities try to stop the ancient creature from harvesting residents. Their efforts are hindered, however, both by the immortal monster and the various deadly traps on its truck.

Who's in it? The movie stars Stan Shaw, Gabrielle Haugh, Meg Foster, Brandon Smith and Chester Rushing.

Review: Our hectic schedules have prevented my wife and I from watching movies the past couple of weeks (we have, instead, been trying to catch up on our missed television shows). However, we had some free time Tuesday evening and, since we couldn't find anything else interesting to watch, decided to give this film a try.

We both loved the original Jeepers Creepers movie and have watched it on multiple occasions as a result. However, the first attempt at a sequel, in 2003, was a pretty big disappointment so, when we started watching this film, I really wasn't expecting too much from it. As it turns out, it was better than expected.

One thing I found I liked about this movie was the way it took place right after the original film and dealt with the immediate aftermath. This, automatically, made it a better choice than the 2003 sequel.

I also found I liked how the Creeper's (Jonathan Breck) truck took on its own life, especially with the various traps both inside and outside of the vehicle. The end result was the truck was just as menacing (and, on occasion, more menacing) than the Creeper himself.

My only real complaint about this movie is it didn't have quite the same magic as the original. I think a large part of the reason for that is there were a few too many extra characters, ranging from a mentally unstable grandmother (Foster) to a boyfriend wannabe (Rushing) who only seems to be in the movie as a way of loosely (and poorly) connecting this movie and the first movie to the second film.

I think the movie would have been better had it followed a format that was similar to the first movie and had the Creeper focused on one or two victims with the other characters in a much more minor role. It would have given the film a better chance of building up the suspense while giving the main characters a little more depth, two things it did ultimately lack.

Final Opinion: The first film is still the best. But, this movie, while a bit flawed, still was fun to watch and I would definitely watch another installment of this franchise as a result.

My Grade: B


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