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Leprechaun: Origins (2014)

 -  Horror  -  22 August 2014 (USA)
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Two young couples backpacking through Ireland discover that one of Ireland's most famous legends is a terrifying reality.

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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. Soon, the friends will find that one of Ireland's most famous legends is a terrifying reality. Written by Lionsgate

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This is NOT the "Leprechaun" you are used to...
26 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...and if you go into this film expecting Warwick Davis and his wise- cracking Leprechaun antics, you're going to be disappointed. The filmmakers responsible for this film have stated NUMEROUS times that they wanted a complete reimagining of the Leprechaun character and backstory (despite the "Origins" subtitle). This film was always meant to abandon the slapstick approach of the original series in favor of something a little more dark and primitive, which in my opinion, they were successful with, and if you leave your brain and quibbles about Warwick's interpretation of the character at the door, "Leprechaun: Origins" is a hell of a fun ride. Sure the story is a little silly and far-fetched, but suspension of disbelief is necessary to begin with...if you're trying to make a movie about a killer leprechaun. "Origins" is everything that a film like this should be! Its fast-paced with jump scares and suspense spaced throughout the run time. And even though the "gore" in the movie is next to non-existent, the death sequences and setups more than make up for it. Its evident that the film is low budget, but the production values are able to rise above that. Similarly, the cast is better than they should be for a film like this. Genre veteran Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs. Jason) turns in an excellent performance as the lovable "blockhead" of the group. I actually found myself rooting for him to survive! And none of the other cast members were distractingly bad (as is normally the case with DTV horror films). Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl does just fine as the new Leprechaun. With the new approach for the character, there actually isn't much acting required from the WWE veteran. Unlike other reviewers, I will not criticize director Zach Lipovsky's decision to keep the creature mostly in the shadows. A lot of better, smarter creature features have utilized this approach and no one gives them any flack for it. In my opinion, we see the creature just enough to leave us wanting more! (And isn't that what a film of this nature is supposed to do?! I mean SEQUELS right?!)


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