Redefined – Leprechaun: Origins (2014)

Years after the last Leprechaun film, a new entry into the franchise would manifest but it would be without Warwick Davis, the man who is most closely associated with the movies and without any humour, rhymes or the cheese that would make them both so good and so bad. Instead, director Zach Lipovsky would take it in a more serious direction, creating a fairly standard horror film that would run more toward middle-of-the-road than anything else.

The story finds some travellers in the Irish country-side when they run into some people at a pub with a story about the town and the gold that used to be mined there. They agree to stay so that they might search out the mine and that is when it all goes wrong when they are locked in a house with a gruesome looking creature who is not only obsessed with gold but is more than hungry and loves the taste of human flesh. From this point, the movie devolves into a survival picture pitting man against beast as the leprechaun hunts them all down until the end where only one person lives, at least for the moment.

On its own, the film is not all that bad as it entertains through some decent performances from the cast and some good, old-fashioned monster movie horror. For those that might have seen other horror films throughout the years, they will come to realize that there is nothing really new or exciting about it all, much of it turning out to be cliché and having a been-there, done-that feel about it. That does not necessarily mean that it was a bad film as it would still keep viewers hooked throughout even though one could see the end coming a mile away, but it could have been much better than it was if the makers of the picture had just decided to do something a little different.

The leprechaun in question was not like that seen in popular culture or even the previous movies and that might have been the biggest disappointment, next to not being able to tell in the slightest that it was wrestler Dylan Postl (Hornswaggle) under all that costume and make-up. For Postl, it was a missed opportunity as the role would require no skill whatsoever but then the same could be said for the entire affair. As it is, Leprechaun: Origins is eminently watchable and there is quite a bit of horror to be had unlike the previous installments in the franchise which would make it better than some of them, but it needed something more to just push it over the top to make it a true classic of the genre.

3 out of 5

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