In 1988, director Victor Salva pleaded no contest to after he was caught sexually abusing a 12-year old actor on the set of the horror film Clownhouse. He served nineteen months in prison and emerged to have a modestly successful career, making Powder, Jeepers Creepers, and Jeepers Creepers 2. Now, Jeepers Creepers 3 is about to begin filming in Canada and his past crimes have come back to bite him in a big way. This statement was issued by the Union of British Columbia Performers:

It has recently come to our attention that a casting breakdown has gone out for a feature film entitled Jeepers Creepers III, and that the director of the film, Victor Salva, was convicted of sexual misconduct in 1988. 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 & Welfare of a Minor) of the BC Master Production Agreement, a performer has the right to refuse work if they believe that the nature of the work is unsafe.

Breakdown Services, who were hosting a casting notice for the movie, issued this response:

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.

This is all very ugly business and a reminder that some things really are more frightening than a horror movie about a rampaging monster that wears the skin of young men.

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The first Neighbors was a hilarious and charming surprise, a raunchy comedy on the outside and a delightful portrait of a truly great movie marriage at the center. The sequel looks like a beat-for-beat remake of the original (the horrible fraternity next door has been replaced with a sorority), but seeing Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne together on the new poster is wonderful thing – those two made the original movie work. Hey, Zac Efron‘s pretty cool, too.

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