After 17 years, the tale of the seemingly indestructible and immortal Creeper may be coming to an end with Jeepers Creepers 4: Cathedral. Victor Salva, who has directed all three of the prior Jeepers Creepers films, will be also directing what is rumored to be the final installment.
Salva, who was convicted in 1988 for child pornography, sexual misconduct, and lewd/lascivious conduct, experienced an unexpected return to mainstream film with the breakthrough success of the Jeepers Creepers franchise in 2001, and continued with 2003’s Jeepers Creepers 2 and 2017’s Jeepers Creepers 3, which was supposedly filmed back-to-back with Jeepers Creepers 4: Cathedral.
Jeepers Creepers’ History Lesson
Before we talk about the newest film in the Jeepers Creepers franchise, let’s take a stroll down memory lane. In 2001, it all began as we saw siblings Trish (Gina Philips) and Darry Jenner (Justin Long) have the road trip of their lives back from college…that is, if they were able to stay alive long enough to escape the deathly, fear-fueled grip of the Creeper (Jonathan Breck).
The first installment bore witness to Trish breaking some major horror tropes, as she eventually outdoes and outlives her brother, whose shocking demise made for an iconically grisly conclusion of the Creeper’s first tale on the silver screen.
Following Trish and Darry’s encounter with the Creeper, Jeepers Creepers 2 saw the efforts of the farm-wise Taggarts—Jack Taggart Sr. (Ray Wise) and Jack Taggart Jr. (Luke Edwards)—to figure out just exactly what the ancient demon is after with his newest slew of victims. Amidst the gore and chaos of the second film, a series of visions from cheerleader Minnie Hayes (Nicki Aycox), leads to audiences learning that the Creeper emerges every twenty-third spring to hunt and eat humans for a twenty-three-day smorgasbord.
The ending sees an aged Taggert Jr. keeping watch over a hibernating Creeper twenty-three years after the events of the film, which he has marketed as “The Bat Out of Hell” for a morbidly humorous roadside attraction.
The loose strings of the franchise began to tie together in the straight-to-DVD Jeepers Creepers 3, with a cameo from Trish in the film as a fleet of law enforcement officers—including Sheriff Dan Tashtego (Stan Shaw), Sergeant Davis Tubbs (Brandon Smith), and Deputy Dana Lang (Joyce Giraud)—attempt to put an end to the Creeper. Like the end of the second movie, we see Trish twenty-three years into the future vowing revenge on the Creeper for Darry’s death.
Jeepers Creepers 4 Plot Details
Details are scarce on the premise of the fourth movie, but here’s what we know so far: Trish has a teenage son named after her brother—Darry. She is also seeking vengeance for the Creeper’s murder of her brother twenty-three years ago at the hands of the Creeper.
Jeepers Creepers 4: Cathedral has yet to be given a release date.