Victor Salva

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Victor Salva
Victor Salva.jpg
Salva in 2000
Born Victor Ronald Salva
(1958-03-29) March 29, 1958 (age 56)
Martinez, California, United States
Occupation Film director
Years active 1986 – present
Notable work(s) Powder
Jeepers Creepers
Awards Moxie! Award for Best Feature – Santa Monica Film Festival
1999 Rites of Passage

Victor Ronald Salva[1] (born March 29, 1958) is an American film director. He is best known for directing the films Powder and Jeepers Creepers.

Early life[edit]

Salva was born in Martinez, California. His biological father abandoned the family and Salva reports that his stepfather was often drunk and physically abusive.[2]


In 1986, he made the low-budget horror film Something in the Basement, which attracted the attention of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, who in turn helped Salva finance his first feature-length film, Clownhouse (1989), and many subsequent films.[2]

In 1995, he directed the Disney-financed Powder. The subsequent media coverage of Salva's criminal history, and speculation as to why Disney would hire a convicted sex offender, ensured that Salva would not make another film until 1999's Rites of Passage. Salva wrote and directed the horror film Jeepers Creepers (2001) and its sequel Jeepers Creepers II (2003). In 2006, he directed Peaceful Warrior,[2] which opened up to mixed reviews. In 2011, Salva filmed Rosewood Lane, a thriller starring Rose McGowan and Ray Wise.[3] As of yet there's no confirmation of Jeepers Creepers 3 progress.

Sexual abuse case[edit]

At the age of 29, during production of Clownhouse, Salva sexually molested the film's 12-year-old lead actor, and filmed their encounters. Salva pleaded guilty to one count of lewd and lascivious conduct, one count of oral sex with a person under 14, and three counts of procuring child pornography.[1] Salva was sentenced to three years in prison, of which he served 15 months.[4]



  1. ^ a b "California Registered Sex Offender Profile – Victor Salva". Megan's Law – California Sex Offender Registry. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Patrick Goldstein. "Victor Salva's horror stories". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "Fear the Paperboy(!) on Rosewood Lane". 
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