From WWE Studios comes the film Leprechaun Origins. The film was written by Zach Lipovsky, directed by Harris Wilkinson and stars Dylan Postl (WWE's Hornswoggle), Stephanie Bennett and Andrew Dunbar. When I first saw the casting and the poster art for this film, I was pretty excited, and being a fan of the original films I couldn't wait to see it, but that excitement was short lived when I finally watched it.
I'm not even sure where to begin, there weren't very many redeeming qualities for this one. The idea was great, but the execution was poor to say the least. For once in a B-style horror, the acting was not terrible (and about 95% of the cast had guest starred on the hit series Supernatural through the course of 10 seasons), but good acting cannot make up for a poorly written script. The whole film felt rushed to me, like they were in a huge hurry to release it and ride the coattails of See No Evil 2's success, that they really missed the boat entirely.
Being a low budget film, I did not expect the effects to be James Cameron film good, but they were atrocious. The makeup on Dylan Postl who was playing the leprechaun was pretty impressive, but it looks like they spent so much time and money on that that they forgot about the rest of the film. Spotty CGI was used for the vast majority of the film. Had they of gone with just a few more practical effects, it may not have been so bad. The CGI was worse than that of most syfy original films.
I was a bit confused on the fact that it was supposed to be an "origin story", but
how does the beast depicted in this film that is more animalistic than human turn into a more humanoid creature that can talk and crack all of the jokes that we all know and love?
I swear that I really wanted to like this one, but I just couldn't. I was severely let down and as a fan of the original Leprechaun films, I feel a bit of a slap in the face.
Watch the film and see for yourself, but I suggest renting it (yes, you can still do that) or waiting on it to pop up on Netfilx because in my personal opinion, it's not worth the money.
For once I am going to have to agree with the critics and give Leprechaun Origins a 3.5. The effort was there, but the execution was very lacking.
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