Well the new Leprechaun: Origins trailer and poster has come out. Initially I was like "I won't be sitting down to watch this with a box of Lucky Charms" Perhaps I was a bit too harsh. I have a soft spot for Warwick Dunn's greedy,smart ass psycho version with the traditional St. Patrick's day look. Of course that's the American version of these mythical creatures.
For Origins they are doing something the original Leprechaun series never did. They set the location in Ireland! I didn't really think leprechauns were from "the hood " or any of those other places but I miss those classic "Fish out of water" comedy themes. There's a little of that in the trailer. We do have two attractive young American couples. There's a weird Irish tourist guide too. Unfortunately there's only growls and grunts and screams from some kind of scaly creature terrorizing them in what? Yes, she said a cabin in the woods. Well there really isn't much to go by yet. So I'll wait and see.
"I remember when you were knee high to a hobgoblin"
The good thing is the trailer (or maybe it was the mosquitos I was wearing shorts) got me to start looking down to see what was lurking around between my feet and my knees. Thinking about the other bloody little creatures in horror movies. I'm not talking about dolls, they're another nightmare.
Homunculus (masculine, Latin for "little man", plural: "homunculi"; from the diminutive of homo) is a term used, generally, in various fields of study to refer to any representation of a small human being. Popularized in sixteenth century alchemy and nineteenth century fiction.
I'm talking about horrific homunculi. Bipedal miniature humanoid type things. Some scaly, some crusty, some just developmentaly challenged. But all savage little beasts with a taste for blood.
Run, run as fast as you can...
The Gingerdead Man! (2005)
Take Gary Busey, make him a deranged (no stretching necessary) killer, sprinkle his ashes, then add a little human blood to your gingerbread dough. Then form the dough into a human shape and you have a a horrific rebaking of a beloved children's story!
Believe me like he says "It ain't the Pillsbury F@#$in' doughboy". Nothing like a little comedy and product placement. Since no one can eat just one cookie there are the sequels "The Passion of the Crust", "Saturday Night Cleaver", and he even fought the Evil Bong!
Don't be afraid of the dark (1973 & 2011)
Guillermo del Toro so loved this made for tv movie that he produced and co-wrote a remake
Even though it was dark and Moody and the special effects were better this movie just went flat after the first 15 minutes. The little demons weren't named in the original but because Tooth Fairy movies were all the rage back a few years ago.
The Gate (1987)
Those kids and their Rock 'n'Roll! Long before Steven Dorff experimented with E cigarettes he found a hole in his backyard. This of course is a gate to hell according to a rock album and all kinds of beasties pop out but my favorites were these little buggers!
When Donovan inherits the old family estate he soon finds out that it comes with some Satanic baggage. So of course at the housewarming party he decides to have a ritual! This evil soon takes him over as he summons up a bunch of pint sized demons, The Ghoulies!
This film also features a then unknown Mariska Hargitay I think this is why she joined the Special Victims Unit.
This time they came from space. Escpaing from a prison asteroid these Krites, as they're called, come to Earth. They're followed by a couple of trigger happy, shape shifting bounty hunters. These things have hands and feet but they can curl up and roll around when they're in a hurry. See they're not like Gremlins at all. They're more like tumbleweeds!
Have to give Mick Garris a nod for Critters 2 and the best Easter Bunny death ever!
Those Mogwai start out really cute but feed them after midnight and get them wet and you've got a real mess on your hands. Although the director of Critters denies it, if it weren't for the success of this film there probably wouldn't have been any Critters or Ghoulies or Munchies or Gremlins 2:The New Batch.
All those creatures also inspired Boglins!
"Hey nice Boglin, you kiss your Mother with that thing?"
Army of Darkness (1992) Those Little Ash holes!
What can I say? They're like Ash's children and what's scarier than tiny evil versions of yourself?
I know most mothers think their babies are perfect little angels and at least until they hit the terrible twos most are. There have been enough movies made about evil children to warrant a list of their own. But here are just a couple about those little demons!
The Brood (1979)
David Cronenberg film about "psychoplasmic" offspring of a mentally disturbed woman, children that have developed their bludgeoning skills thanks to Mom's psychic hold over them. She's a good mother because even though these kids are deformed, asexual and have no belly buttons she still licks the placenta and blood off of them when they're born! What's really scary is that these kids remind me of the Teletubbies.
Basket Case (1982)
I know he has no legs. Belial's really only a half brother but he's half of a set of conjoined twins too. Separated by doctors he's rescued from the garbage by his brother who keeps him in a locked basket, but of course he gets out and he's not playing a tisket a tasket...
Cat's Eye (1985)
Written by Stephen King this anthology horror features two stories from his Night Shift collection and a third written just for the movie about a cat called General. General has been trying to get to a little girl (Drew Barrymore) the whole movie and when he finally does he still has to go through an unbelieving mother, an animal shelter, and an evil little troll to save her life. This is the final battle
Please tell me if there are any types of bloody little creatures I should be looking out for below (They're small and easy to miss). Remember to watch where you walk, the wee creatures might be watching and waiting.