Agents and actors have been alerted to a casting call issued by convicted child molester Victor Salva for a third Jeepers Creepers movie.
In 1988, the US director was convicted of oral sex with Nathan Forrest Winters, the 12-year-old boy who had played the lead role in his horror film Clownhouse. He served 15 months of his three-year prison sentence and released the first Jeepers Creepers in 2001 after a five-year absence from Hollywood.
Salva’s latest casting notice advertised for the part of a 13-year-old girl called Addison who moves to live with her grandma after her stepfather starts “making overtures” to her. It sought an 18-year-old for the role, with shooting scheduled to begin in British Columbia, Canada shortly.
However, production looks set to be delayed after the Union of British Columbia Performers caught wind of the notice, posted on Breakdown Services, and circulated a warning to those in the industry, reminding them of Salva’s criminal past.
“It has recently come to our attention that a casting breakdown has gone out for a future film entitled Jeepers Creepers III and that the director of the film, Victor Salva, was convicted of sexual misconduct in 1988,” the message read.
“The conviction allegedly resulted from misconduct involving a minor whom Mr Salva was directing at the time. At this time we would like to remind our members and their agents that, under Article A2702 (Safety and Welfare of a Minor) of the BC Master Production Agreement, a performer has the right to refuse work if they believe the nature of the work is unsafe.”
Best horror films of all-time
Best horror films of all-time
1/10 The Shining
The retailer play.com used a heart rate monitor on film watchers to assess what horror films set pulses racing. The ‘Here’s Johnny’ scene in which Jack Nicholson peers through a hole in a door he has just created with an axe came up on top.
The rest of the film isn’t any less scary as a writer coops his family up in an empty Colorado hotel for the winter.
Stanley Kubrick creates tension at every turn, especially when he follows Danny riding his bicycle along the corridors.
2/10 Rosemary's Baby
Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Ira Levin’s best-seller is the daddy of demon baby movies.
It involves a struggling couple, a pregnant Catholic girl and unemployed actor, played by Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, who move into an apartment block and are befriended by Satanist.
The occult is scary, but not nearly as evil as Guy’s decision to sacrifice his wife for an acting role.
Polanski’s brilliance is that the horror is not the supernatural but the doubts that brew up in our own minds. Paranoia reigns.
There is a sense of foreboding even before petty thief Vera Miles checks into the Bates motel.
Then we are introduced to Norman Bates and his Oedipus complex.
The fact that Bates on the surface seems mild-mannered and ordinary only made his transformation scarier. Showers would never be the same, in the must iconic murder scene on celluloid.
4/10 Blue Velvet
The huge amount of film noir elements in the narrative of David Lynch’s murder tale often see this 1986 American tale overlooked on horror lists.
But this film is aimed to chill and has the aesthetics, pacing and tension of the greatest horror, including severed ears, dwarfs, and the supernatural.
But it’s Dennis Hopper’s Frank Booth that is the clincher, whenever he’s on screen, whether he’s harassing Isabelle Rossellini or encouraging singing, he’s the scariest character that has ever been on-screen.
5/10 Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror
The granddaddy of the genre, this silent masterpiece, an unauthorised adaptation of the Dracula tale (The Stoker estate won a case ordering all copies of the film destroyed, which was thankfully unenforceable in Germany), sees director FW Murnau establish many of the touchstones of the genre including vampires lusting after blood
6/10 The Orphanage
The haunted house is a staple of horror movies, especially of American horror.
But it’s this Spanish gem from 2007 that is the scariest of them all. It starts with a mother whose attempts to deal with her childhood inner demons seeking closure by buying the orphanage in which she was born, and taking on the demands of looking after not just her own imaginative adopted son, but six other Orphans.
What ensues is an eerie homage to Jack Clayton’s The Innocents that once again proves that nothing is as scary on film as creepy children.
Lars von Trier’s says it was while he was undergoing cognitive therapy for depression that the idea to make a film exploring the semiotics and tools used by depression came to mind.
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe play a couple coping with the death of their son.
She cannot belief his response and he hers. The result is a film featuring gender mutilation, talking foxes and where chaos reigns. Booed at Cannes only seems to cement its status.
8/10 Don't Look Now
Adaptations of Daphne du Maurier’s prose have a habit of making great horror films, especially in the hands of Alfred Hitchcock (Birds and Rebecca).
British director Nic Roeg created this masterpiece when he took Maurier’s short story and meshed it with his trademark non-linear approach to the story of parents attempting to come to terms with the death of their young daughter by moving to Venice.
Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie give career best performances in a film that has a clairvoyant, serial killer, but most scary of all, feelings of guilt.
There are not many directors who have made more horrors than Italian maestro Dario Argento. His 1976 effort Suspiria remains his masterpiece.
An American ballet dancer goes to study in the Black Forest, where she meets a pair of lesbians administrators (Alida Valli and Joan Bennett), a bizarre shrink (Udo Kier, an actor who adds to the terror level of any movie) and discovers that the school was once a notorious witches’ coven.
All this done in piercing Technicolor and a terrific synthesised score.
J-Horror (Japanese horror) went through a purple patch at the end of the 90s with Hideo Nakata’s excellent Dark Water follow Ring trilogies.
However, the most chilling film of the era was directed by Takeshi Miike, who makes films like they are cups of morning coffee.
He uses the casting couch as the source of his evil as a friend tries to find a television producer a new wife by hosting a fake casting call.
Miike slowly pulls us into the tale, as we discover dark secrets of both the widower and the actress who has caught his eye.
Breakdown Services removed the notice from its site soon after receiving the alert and issued the following statement, according to Deadline: “Upon learning of this notice and our own verification of the facts surrounding Salva’s conviction, Breakdown Services has removed this project from its files.
“All submissions made by any agent on this project are no longer available to the casting director nor any member of the production staff.”
Salva publicly acknowledged his conviction in 2006 when he begged for forgiveness during an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I made a terrible mistake, one I wish I could take back every day of my life,” he said.
“I pled guilty to a terrible crime and I’ve spent the rest of my life trying to make up for it. For almost 20 years I’ve been involved with helping others, I’ve been in therapy and I’ve made movies.
“But I paid my debt to society and apologised to the young man and all I can hope is that people will give me a chance to redeem myself.”
Jeepers Creepers 3 is currently in pre-production and aiming for a 2017 release date. It remains unknown whether plans will be affected by Salva’s past and he is yet to comment.