The small green horror is back in Leprechaun Returns, another comedy horror film within the Leprechaun film universe. This time, he terrorizes a sorority house in search for his precious gold.
Be Careful What You Wish For!
Ah, the 90s. It was the golden age in pop culture and horror for many fans. We saw the rise of B-horror films with loads of camp and over-the-top plots. There was a great horror renaissance, so to speak, with back to back releases of films aiming to turn the genre on its head. One of these was Leprechaun, the cult classic featuring a murderous fairy who was on the hunt for his pot of gold and willing to kill any who got in his way.
As happens to oh so many horror films, the Leprechaun series took a strange turn and dived directly into deep campy waters. We saw the pint-sized terror take his journey to Las Vegas, the “hood,” and even into space. In 2014, WWE Studios attempted to revive the franchise through a reboot but it was poorly received.
Now Lionsgate is attempting to bring the series back with a direct sequel to the original Leprechaun film. This entry would ignore everything that happened after the first film and, if done well, could mark the return of the Leprechaun and all of his evil shenanigans. Sadly, the original actor, Warwick Davis, who masterfully played the titular character is not attached to this film. Instead, we see newcomer Linden Porco (Channel Zero) in the role of the Leprechaun. Earlier this year, SYFY announced they would be bringing the sequel to their channel by releasing a teaser trailer featuring, who we assume, is Porco. Although he doesn’t seem to have the same acting chops as Davis, he does seem like he’s able to do a pretty decent job capturing the essence of the character.
Other cast members announced are Taylor Spreitler (Amityville: The Awakening), and Mark Holton who will be reprising his role as Ozzie from the original Leprechaun film. Here is the pot according to Lionsgate’s publicity website:
The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first he must recover his powers with a killing spree—and only the girls of AU can stop him.
From the stills releases thus far it does seem like the film-makers are attempting to recapture what fans loved about the original film and cut ties from the bizarre route the sequels took. They aren’t the first franchise to do so as we’ve seen with the recent success of the new Halloween film that retconned the last 40 years of Halloween movies and served as a sequel to the first film. No word yet on whether the SYFY channel will still be broadcasting the film on their channel come time for release.
Leprechaun Returns comes to VOD and Digital HD on December 11th. You can check out the new poster below, courtesy of Lionsgate’s press release.