Leprechaun: Origins (2014)

logoDirector: Zach Lipovsky

Writer: Harris Wilkinson (Screenplay)

Starring: Stephanie Bennett, Andrew Dunbar, Melissa Roxburgh, Brendan Fletcher, Garry Chalk, Teach Grant, Dylan Postl


Plot: Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennett), 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.


Verdict: What Was That?


Story: Leprechaun was one of the funniest horror films in the 90s filled with plenty of comical horror. Warwick Davis created a horror icon that you loved and one that could make you laugh even when he was chopping up bodies. This will shock you because all of the comedy is gone. The four friends are all generic gap year students who pretend they know stuff and are very disrespectful to the locals. The only good thing I found in this was that I liked the idea of having village lure people in to sacrifice them to the leprechaun. It turns into a bog standard race to survive against a leprechaun that looks more like a goblin. (3/10)


Actor Review


Stephanie Bennett: Sophie the lead who because she is a history buff she agrees to go to the location thinking she could find a real historical find. She is the one who reads into what is going on but he plans work as well as a chocolate teapot. She does well with what little she has to work with. (5/10)


Andrew Dunbar: Ben the only reluctant member of the group but goes because Sophie wants to and agrees to go. He shows some signs of his real nature while in the chase. Plays the cowardly leading male well but doesn’t have much to work with. (4/10)


Melissa Roxburgh: Jeni the standard support character that goes through the most while trying to escape the creature. Does what she needed to do and screams and cries a lot. (4/10)


Brendan Fletcher: David the remaining member of the friends who goes through the most but shows signs of loyalty to the people in his group. Does what he can with the script that doesn’t really offer anyone anything. (4/10)


Dylan Postl: Leprechaun the creature after them. I was expecting him to be the reborn Warwick Davis style leprechaun, I was very wrong. (3/10)


Director Review: Zach Lipovsky – You had one job, and this is what you give us. (2/10)


Horror: Has few scares but the creature would be frightening to meet. (3/10)

Settings: Setting works a little bit but doesn’t get the full effect it should. (5/10)
Special Effects
: Solid creature creation and kills. (5/10)

Suggestion: Don’t bother with this waste of time for a horror film. (Avoid)


Best Part: There isn’t one.

Worst Part: Leprechaun is now a goblin.

Kill Of The Film: Ben

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could, I hope not though.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


Overall: Terrible Horror Reboot

Rating 5



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