Written by: Daniel Hadley
Directed by: Zach Lipovsky
Cast: Stephanie Bennett, Andrew Dunbar, Melissa Roxburgh, Brendan Fletcher
I honestly just can’t understand why this movie is called Leprechaun, let alone Leprechaun Origins. There is no origin story here and the creature might as well have been a fairy or a goblin or even just a mutant. There is nothing here to suggest that this is a leprechaun movie other than the fact that the creature is referred to as a leprechaun by one of the characters maybe twice throughout the whole running time. This is not a Leprechaun reboot nor should it even be placed in the same class as those movies. The original movies were not great nor were they even good but they were at least fun, this is just awful.
Wawrick Davies, who played the character for seven movies, made the role his own. They were dumb movies but the leprechaun was always fun to watch, like a low rent magical Chucky he sliced and diced his way through various victims whilst spouting cheesy one liners and using his magical abilities in fun ridiculous ways that always brought a smile to my face. This leprechaun does one thing, it bites and scratches and that is all. No death by pogo stick. No impaling with over-sized bongs. Just biting and scratching and it’s just boring, really boring.
The plot is as such: Four backpackers trekking through Ireland are lured to a cabin by some shady locals to be sacrificed to appease the titular beast after they plundered his gold. That’s it, no originality to be found here. We follow four main characters as they drink, talk and sleep, then they run and scream and then they die and that’s about all I can say, because that’s literally all that happens. Nothing interesting, no character development and literally zero reason to care.
WWE, who produced the film, cast their own leprechaun Hornswoggle as the title character, but I can’t understand why. He doesn’t where his green shamrock suit, he’s not magical, he doesn’t spout any one liners, he never cracks any bad jokes or even make any cheesy puns. In fact he doesn’t even talk. Seriously let that sink in, the leprechaun doesn’t even talk. He just growls and looks like a baby Crawler from The Descent movies, at least I think he does, you never get a good look at him nor do you see a full body shot, it’s all shaky-cam close ups. So we’re given a generic looking monster with no personality that we can’t even see. It’s bad, and I mean really, really bad.
The acting is fine but it’s wasted here, the direction isn’t too bad either, during the slower parts of the movie, and it does a decent job of building up a creepy atmosphere early on. But everything goes to hell as soon as the Leprechaun arrives. It’s all just nausea inducing shaky cam and poorly edited chase scenes. Also, all but one kill is off screen. Sure we see a bit of biting and scratching but that’s it. The only glimmer of hope in this movie is the one kill we actually do see, which involves a chimney and an axe. I can’t really say anymore because if you do happen to watch this movie I don’t want to take away the only good moment in the whole movie, but I will say it is pretty funny.
Avoid this movie, there is absolutely zero value here, this is a clear cash grab and nothing more. Just watch the original. It’s a bad movie too, but at least it’s fun.