I have a confession to make: In all my years as a cinephile, I have never seen Leprechaun, which (I’m told by Wikipedia, which is never wrong) follows an angry Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) as he tries to recover some stolen gold while launching the career of a young actress named Jennifer Aniston. Please don’t judge me too harshly for this disgraceful oversight.
Davis’ character went on to anchor a long series of Leprechaun films, which I’m sure were full of rich, nuanced examinations at Irish folklore and culture. After several straightforward sequels, the Leprechaun went into outer space and then “the hood” and then back to “tha hood.” With those final frontiers already conquered, the Leprechaun is now looking to the past. In Leprechaun: Origins, WWE pro wrestler Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl—yes, he’s an Irish-themed wrestler—takes over the Davis role in a film that I guess explains where he came from. I say “I guess” because it’s not particularly clear from this trailer, which focuses on a standard-issue attractive twentysomething horror cast as they visit a standard-issue horror cabin-in-the-woods, exactly how the Leprechaun figures into this whole scenario.
The trail of the tape
Title: Leprechaun: Origins
Director: Zach Lipovsky
Screenwriters: Matt Venne, Harris Wilkinson
Cast: Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl, Stephanie Bennett, Andrew Dunbar
Release date: August 26, 2014 (VOD)
Tagline: “Witness a horror icon reborn.”
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “A cabin in the woods, what’s not to like?”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Based on this trailer, I can’t say I’m shocked that the film is going straight-to-VOD in late August, followed shortly thereafter by a DVD and Blu-ray release. So far Leprechaun: Origins looks mighty generic, a consequence of keeping its one unique element (namely, a killer leprechaun played by a little person wrestler) off-screen for the entirety of its trailer. Still, just to be safe, I’m going to catch up with the original Leprechaun before Origins debuts later this summer. I don’t want to be confused by the new movie.