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There’s no doubt in my mind that Leprechaun: Origins will go down as 2014′s most insulting horror movie, and no, I don’t mean “insulting” in terms of gratuitous violence, blatant misogyny or any other true offenses. Instead, Zach Lipovsky’s carbon-copy creature feature is a slap in the face to horror fans everywhere, promising the rise of WWE star Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl as one of horror’s most recognizable franchise faces.
Every ounce of Warwick Davis’ enigmatic portrayal is stripped in favor of a crude, costumed monster without any humanistic traits, ignoring Everything that makes the original Leprechaun movies watchable – fully admitting a few sequels are proper shite. Despite quality, Davis’ gold-seeking psycho always keeps us engaged with a plethora of B-Movie zingers and goofy actions, but Postl’s faceless nature doesn’t permit for a repeat experience. Leprechaun: Origins is a walking, talking, Celtic cliché, feeling like »
- Matt Donato
Eleven years after the final installment in the original series, the Leprechaun franchise was brought back from the dead this week courtesy of Lionsgate and WWE Films, who together released Leprechaun: Origins (review) onto VOD outlets this past Tuesday.
The Warwick Davis incarnation of the titular character had a reign of terror that lasted from 1993 until 2003, the original franchise spanning seven installments that saw the Irish jokester taking a trip to Vegas, being shipped off to space and ridin’ dirty in tha hood on two separate occasions.
Needless to say, the Leprechaun has left a pretty large body count in his wake over the years, and in celebration of the reboot we wanted to shine the green spotlight on some of his most memorable slayings. So today we bring you the seven best kills from the original six Leprechaun films, which are the some of the wildest and most off »
- John Squires
British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”
Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars, »
- Clark Collis
Usually, when the news of yet another remake emerges amongst the already overwhelming masses of reboots, prequels and sequels, I'm the first to complain. Frankly, I find studio execs' incessant desire to re-imagine nearly every popular horror film impossibly exhausting, especially when there's such a wealth of indie filmmakers, waiting for their chance to shine. However, when I learned that the 1993 horror comedy Leprechaun was getting the reboot treatment, I didn't feel the same animosity towards the project like I did when I read that other films I love would be remade, like Predator or Poltergeist.
I enjoy Warwick Davis' performance as the leprechaun, but I consider the early '90s production to be more of a fun holiday viewing than an irreplaceable, iconic piece of cinema. By the time the rumors had spread that Leprechaun: Origins would be more of a monster than a drunken Irishman telling jokes, »
- Ryan Turek
The endearingly nuts Leprechaun franchise has been a straight-to-video enterprise since 1994’s Leprechaun 2 failed to repeat the box-office success of the previous year’s Jennifer Aniston-starring Leprechaun. But two decades on, the little monster from Ireland is once again going to grace the big screen.
Lionsgate and WWE Studios announced today that franchise reboot Leprechaun: Origins, which stars wrestler Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl as the titular Emerald Isle gremlin, will have a limited theatrical run on Aug. 22. Following that, the film will be available to watch on VOD from Aug. 26 and then released on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 30. The »
- Clark Collis
The reboot of the “Leprechaun” horror franchise will scare audiences in theaters after all.
Lionsgate and WWE Studios, which had planned to release “Leprechaun: Origins” direct to home entertainment platforms on Aug. 26, will now also give the film a limited release in theaters on Aug. 22, after a presentation for the film was well received at Comic-Con in San Diego last month.
The release is expected to help serve as a marketing tool for the release on Digital HD, video-on-demand and pay-per-view platforms, and later on Blu-ray and DVD in September.
“Leprechaun: Origins” stars Dylan Postl, known in the WWE ring as “Hornswoggle,” as the creature; Stephanie Bennett (“Grave Encounters 2″), Andrew Dunbar (“Alien Trespass”), Melissa Roxburgh (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”) and Brendan Fletcher (“Freddy vs Jason”), and revolves around two unsuspecting young couples who discover a town’s chilling secret while backpacking through the Irish countryside. Harris Wilkinson penned the script. »
- Marc Graser
At four feet, four inches, Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl might not seem like a likely candidate for professional wrestling, but he’s made his mark in WWE wrestling with a Cruiserweight Champion title on Smackdown! (2007) and other physical feats on WWE Raw. This year he’s made his crossover into films with an appearance in Muppets Most Wanted, and now with the WWE / Lionsgate joint venture of the horror film Leprechaun: Origins, which hopes to reignite interest in the horror franchise, which starred Warwick Davis. A separate, unrelated entity that stands on its own, Origins purports to be a straight-up horror film, with full-tilt gore, violence, and action, courtesy of the evil Leprechaun, played by the one and only Hornswoggle.
david j. moore: You’re coming from a long line of guys who’ve »
- Gary Collinson
WWE and Lionsgate have teamed up to reignite the Leprechaun horror franchise with Leprechaun: Origins, starring WWE superstar Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl, who plays the iconic title role. Director Zach Lipovsky, inspired by the works of Guillermo del Toro, intends to horrify and thrill audiences rather than to make them chuckle and laugh, and by all indications, Leprechaun: Origins is as far as the east is to the west in terms of being comparable to the films starring Warwick Davis.
david j. moore: A lot of people seem to think that Leprechaun Origins is a reboot of the well-known franchise. Would you care to clarify that a little bit?
- Gary Collinson
Hours before the Leprechaun: Origins trailer debuted at Comic-Con, I sat down with a very excited Dylan Postl (aka WWE's Hornswoggle), the new actor slipping into the skin of the malevolent beast that kicked off a franchise with Leprechaun (starring Warwick Davis) and crashed and burned with Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood in 2003. Over 10 years later, the series is getting rebooted under the direction of Zach Lipovsky and Postl is very eager to spread the word on the project which he says will defy expectations.
- Ryan Turek
One of the smaller reveals at Comic-Con was yesterday’s look at Leprechaun: Origins, the new WWE-branded reboot of those terrible films where Warwick Davis would put on a hokey green Halloween costume and murder teens, Irish folklore, and good taste. For the eighth film in a franchise taken seriously by no one, ever, Leprechaun‘s offering of a trailer and poster weren’t gonna cut it; not when Christopher Nolan could descend at any moment and whisper, “Spaaaaaaace,” inciting mass panic in the streets. So Leprechaun: Origins upped its game the only way it could: revealing the yet-to-be-revealed design of its new, Hornswoggle Leprechaun. And for those who just asked, “What’s a Hornswoggle?,” he’s a WWE wrestler (real name: Dylan Postl) who happens to be a dwarf, and also happens to wrestle in a leprechaun outfit, because the WWE is where good taste is body-slammed until it is dead. The »
- Adam Bellotto
Well, now here’s something I had entirely forgotten about. In the grand Hollywood tradition of rebooting everything that has been made in the past twenty years, it’s somehow no surprise that they hit upon the “beloved” Leprechaun franchise as a potential straight-to-vod pot o’gold. That’s what WWE Studios are banking on with Leprechaun: Origins, the “serious” reboot that will have you checking your box of Lucky Charms very carefully.
Comic-Con being the place for these things, WWE revealed the look of the Leprechaun at its recent panel. The little dude is looking a tad the worse for wear since the days of Warwick Davis in creepy make-up. Wrestler-turned-actor Dylan Postl (better known to WWE fans as “Hornswoggle”) appears to be channeling a mini-orc in his portrayal of the character who terrorizes two young couples backpacking through Ireland. This is not your grandmother’s Leprechaun.
In addition »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
It has been well over a year and a half since the Leprechaun reboot prequel was announced and since then we have been given a clip and a first trailer, but we had not yet had even a glimpse of Dylan Postl (Aka Hornswaggle) as the titular character. Well, that has all changed. Lionsgate and WWE have released this official image and a new trailer. But they are a bit confusing:
The reason I say the new design is confusing is that Postl and director Zach Lipovsky have been making the rounds down in Comic con and telling everyone that, while darker and scarier than its predecessors, this is the origin story for the Leprechaun portrayed by Warwick Davis. So that begs the question, how does what looks like the love child of Pumpkinhead and Sam reconcile, both in appearance and behavior, with the little guy we know from 6 previous films? »
- Chris Connors
Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first photo from "SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water," the new film based on the popular animated series opening next February. Unlike the first film, which was traditionally animated with the odd bit of live-action, this is a live-action film but with CG characters (ala "The Smurfs," "Garfield"). The result is new looks of the characters that some will find just downright odd:
Two official stills have arrived showcasing Rupert Friend as Agent 47 in the new film adaptation of the "Hitman" video game series. 20th Century Fox is slated to release the sequel/reboot next February.
Finally, Lionsgate and WWE Studios have posted the first promo image from the upcoming "Leprechaun: Origins" which reboots the famed fantasy/horror franchise. With the reboot, which hits VOD on August 26th, comes a new look for the Leprechaun that's a far cry from the one Warwick Davis sported in the previous films. »
- Garth Franklin
A WWE and Lionsgate panel was present at Comic-Con last night touting their upcoming projects 'See No Evil 2' and their 'Leprechaun' franchise reboot 'Leprechaun Origins'. The project from director Zach Lipovsky will be unleashed onto VOD from 26 August and will see a DVD and Blu-ray release just over a month later. WWE's Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) has snared the iconic little guy role from Warwick Davis ('Life's Too Short') and from this new first look teaser at the green bastard we can certainly see that he's been given an even more sinister makeover for his latest outing. Brendan Fletcher, Teach Grant, Andrew Dunbar, Stephanie Bennett, Bruce Blain and Adam Boys also star. Check out the new teaser below. »
Comic-Con may be one of the biggest movie-related shindigs on the face of the planet, but it still makes space for some of life’s smaller—not to mention Irish-er—things. That’s in reference, of course, to Leprechaun: Origins, the horror reboot starring WWE wrestler Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl as the titular Emerald Isle monster.
To mark today’s Leprechaun-featuring WWE Studios and Lionsgate panel at Comic-Con, EW is exclusively debuting a sequence from the film which boasts the first look at the new Leprechaun himself. At last year’s New York Comic-Con, Leprechaun: Origins director Zach Lipovsky described his movie as “terrifying. »
- Clark Collis
Back in 2012, Lionsgate made the surprise announcement that, as part of its beautiful new friendship with WWE Studios, it was developing a reboot of the mind-boggling Leprechaun franchise. VFX veteran Zach Lipovsky was placed in the director's chair a year later, and this being a WWE project it transpired that it was all being set up as a vehicle for diminutive wrestler Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl. And now, from the halls of Comic-Con, comes the first promo image for Leprechaun: Origins, showcasing a shadowed Lep in profile in a leafy graveyard. He doesn't look very much like Warwick Davis anymore...If you're new here, the original Leprechaun came out in 1993, starring Davis as the titular murderous imp (mad as hell about being swizzed out of his Lucky Charms gold), and providing a pre-Friends starring role for Jennifer Aniston. It was released by Trimark, which Lionsgate swallowed in 2000.It spawned an amazing »
"For me the biggest and coolest challenge was that Leprechauns aren't something that people are generally frightened by," Lipovsky (pictured) tells us of the character and his idea for how the film should play out.
"We asked ourselves, can we do something that would be legitimately scary for people, and if so, what would that look like? Anything was on the table so that was really fun. It was fun to come on to the project and make it something that honors the mythology and is iconic and be totally fresh with our approach. We looked into making the origin story of a creature that maybe thousands of years ago the Celtics met in a cave or something that was really scary. »
- Steve Barton
Gregory Lamberson has unveiled the covers for his next two novels from Medallion Press, The Frenzy Wolves and Human Monsters. Both are the final chapters of their respective franchises, The Frenzy Cycle and The Jake Helman Files.
The Frenzy Wolves, which will be published in October, is the third book in author/filmmaker Lamberson's The Frenzy Cycle werewolf trilogy, in which a New York police captain navigates conflict among opposing factions of werewolves and werewolf hunters in the age of terrorism.
With the aid of his elite squad of super cops, NYPD Captain Tony Mace has defeated the werewolf slayers known as the Brotherhood of Torquemada. But now a new enemy has risen to persecute the peaceful Wolves, and Tony’s loyalty to Gabriel Domini, leader of the pack, places him at odds with his department.
Gabriel’s brother, Raphael, objects to Gabriel’s efforts to integrate the Wolves »
- Debi Moore
Every actor, no matter how incredibly famous and wealthy they have become since, has to make their start somewhere, as in every profession. However, from our early days as writers, editors and content creators before we became incredibly famous and wealthy (still waiting…), our work remains nice and hidden throughout the dark corners of the internet. Not so, for those in this list.
No, those who have been chosen and placed below hold a very special place in our hearts. They serve as a wonderful reminder. A reminder that it does not matter where you are in life, how well known you are or how successful you are. They serve as a reminder that even those we aspire to emulate, those who we can consider as having “made it”, are people in whose footsteps we can follow. As they were once unknown and living pay check to pay check, taking any job they could, »
- Thomas Wesson
WWE Superstar Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl stars in Leprechaun: Origins, a brand new take on the horror franchise Leprechaun, reinventing the cult favorite and terrifying a new generation. The film will be available on Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View on August 26, and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on September 30. Also starring Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days) and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason), Leprechaun: Origins was written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky.
Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. »
- Tom Stockman
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