Leprechaun Returns (2018) Review

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Leprechaun Returns (2018) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on March 19th, 2021 | Movie Review | Slasher, Comedy, Campy, Teen, Leprechaun Series

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It's about some college kids who awaken a killer leprechaun and have to figure things out, fight for survival, and take selfies.

Leprechaun Returns was directed by Steven Kostanski (who also directed PG (Psycho Goreman)The Void and ABCs Of Death 2) and stars Taylor Spreitler, Mark Holton (from Hoboken Hollow, Gacy and Leprechaun) and Sai Bennett (from Lake Placid: Legacy). 

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Leprechaun Returns Review

Leprechaun Returns is the last movie in a legendary 8-part Leprechaun franchise. Now, part of the reason it's so legendary is because it's so, so bad. Some of the movies in the leprechaun series are some of the worst movies I've ever seen in my life, no joke. The movie prior to this, Leprechaun Origins, was easily the worst in the entire series. So let me just say that my expectations for Leprechaun Returns were about as low as they get. This was cool because this movie happened to be bad ass! I rank it second in the franchise. It didn't get the top spot only because it didn't have Warick Davis who injected a boat load of charisma to the leprechaun character.

Leprechaun Returns is a direct sequel to the original Leprechaun, taking place 25 years later. The movie is set in the same house as the original and even includes an original actor who plays Ozzie, a central character. It references the original often and even carries the original story further. This was just awesome since one of the bewildering things about the leprechaun franchise is that each movie never referenced the prior and therefore had nothing to build from. This movie was a horror sequel done right.

It's a shame that Warick didn't come back to play the leprechaun, the role was offered but he declined. Apparently he had kids and afterward his view of horror had changed. He said he "sees the world through their eyes" now and doesn't want to scare them or some nonsense. A new guy named Linden Porco played him this time and honestly did a fantastic job. He was witty, funny and nailed the role in every way.

The gore was on point too. This movie was as bloody as it was funny. The perfect ending to a crazy franchise.

Worth Watching? 

Absolutely. Watching the original followed by this one would be the perfect double feature.

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