Leprechaun Returns – USA, 2019

‘School’s out of luck’

Leprechaun Returns is a 2018 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Steven Kostanski (The Void; The ABCs of Death 2; Father’s Day) from a screenplay by Suzanne Keilly (Ash vs Evil Dead).

Linden Porco (Smart Mouth from Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block) plays the titular character, alongside Taylor Spreitler (Amityville: The Awakening), Pepi Sonuga (Ash vs Evil Dead), and Sai Bennett (Lake Placid: Legacy), Mark Holton (as Ozzie from the original 1993 film), Emily Reid, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins, and Ben McGregor.

Actor Warwick Davis recently explained why he didn’t return for Leprechaun Returns, saying:

“You know what, we did six Leprechaun films and around Halloween people always watch them and love them. Horror is an interesting medium, I think it’s different when you have kids, you look at horror in a slightly different way. Since I finished the Leprechaun films I had kids and I see the world through their eyes and to be in a horror movie right now is probably not quite right, I will wait until my son turns eighteen and then I’ll do some horror again.”

Plot:

Twenty-five years after the events of the original film, a maniacal leprechaun is doing whatever it takes (including committing gruesome murder) to track down his stolen pot of gold. Unfortunately, a group of female students unwittingly awaken the leprechaun while tearing down a cabin to build a new sorority house…

Reviews:

” …this is grade-B horror/comedy cheese at its very best. Simply put: it’s so damn ridiculous that it’s laughable and, therefore, enjoyable. Chock-full of innuendo and pop culture humor – and a leprechaun who enjoys a good selfie – you can’t help but chuckle at Leprechaun Returns.” Cryptic Rock

” …this is a horror tick box cackle-fest, boasting some quotable one-liners and some inventive death scenes – watch out for the solar slicer, the sprinkler silencer and drone decapitator.” Kultguy’s Keep

” …consistently funny with its twisted sense of humor and returning focus on many big and minor elements alike that clearly showcase the creative team’s passion for the franchise. It has its hiccups and some moments that appear intended to come off as slick or funny occasionally fall flat in the worst way possible, but so many other aspects are spot-on…” Screen Connections

“Fans should be pleased to see that this sequel is a decent return-to-form for the franchise, especially after the debacle that was the 2014 attempted reboot. This Lep is no Warwick Davis, but the new guy does a fairly decent job as the titular character and all the gory and practical deaths make up for most of the film’s terrible writing, which is the weakest aspect of the movie.” Upcoming Horror Movies

Leprechaun Returns mixes red blood and green goo with exquisitely gory results, but Steven Kostanski’s command of over-the-top deaths isn’t enough to distract from the film’s flat-footed storytelling jig.” We Got This Covered

“Director Steven Kostanski delivers some satisfying special effects which, if my memory serves me, are much gorier than anything featured in the original film, which might have made this film more rewarding for me. Reminder, see The Void, which Kostanski co-directed, which friggin’ rules.” The Wolfman Returns

Choice dialogue:

“A Walkman and a camera, all in one. Impressive!”

Release:

Leprechaun Returns premiered on digital platforms such as Amazon Prime on December 11, 2018.

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