Movie Review: Leprechaun Returns

Leprechaun Returns was directed by Steven Kostanski and stars Linden Porco as The Leprechaun with his signature hat and shiny shoes, Taylor Spreitler, Heather McDonald, Pepi Sonuga, Sai Bennett, Ben McGregorand Mark Holton, who returns to the series for the first time since the original 1993 film.

Be careful what you wish for.  The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first he must recover his powers with a killing spree—and only the girls of AU can stop him.

Leprechaun Returns follows Lila (Taylor Spreitler) and her sorority sisters Katie (Pepi Sonuga), Rose (Sai Bennett) and Meredith (Emily Reid) who are fixing up an old house into an eco-friendly college habitat. There’s also Andy (Ben McGregor) who’s helping the girls out with some of the projects. Coincidentally, this is also the same location that took place in the original. To top this off, Lila also happens to be the daughter of Tory Reding (played by Jennifer Aniston in the 1993 original) so she’s been fed the story about the knee-high killer but thought her mother was crazy all these years up until her death. To top that off,  there’s Ozzie (Mark Holton) from the original movie who returns for a goretastic good time.

So, without going into too much detail, the girls accidentally resurrect the green goblin from his earthly grave and the little guy wastes no time at all going out on an all-new killing spree while he’s searching for his pot of gold. It’s now obvious that you can’t permanently kill the Leprechaun but things like gold charms and clover can slow him down some and do a little damage. The girls are stalked by the mischievous killer who dishes out more silly rhymes as he picks out his victims one by one. What the Leprechaun has to offer are some extremely creative slaughters and unfortunately his victims die some gruesome deaths. All he wants is his gold but it’s obvious he has a lot of fun killing his victims during his search and this ultimately leads to the final showdown with Lila who has a few tricks up her sleeve. 

Bottom line is, Leprechaun Returns brings the long-running franchise to back form and is the best entry since the 1993 original. I’m serious! The way they resurrected the gold loving monster was really smart and having Mark Holton be a part of this gory rebirth made it even better. I had my doubts going into it because I knew Warwick Davis didn’t return but I have to admit that Linden Porco did a really good job as the title character. Needless to say I wish I could forget that Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl played the monster in the 2014 train wreck Leprechaun: Origins. Porco’s voice and comedic delivery is very similar to what Davis had to offer and as far as looks go, the Leprechaun has been given a few tweaks here and there but it’s close enough. He still wants his pot of gold and will kill anyone who gets in his way. Speaking of kills, there’s gobs of blood and gore and the horror hounds are going to get a kick out of this. Steven Kostanski has delivered a fun new entry and brought the magic back to this cheesy franchise that’s a nice mixture of horror and comedy. Leprechaun Returns is now available On Demand and is worth checking out. Like I stated up top, it’s the best entry in the franchise since the original.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Digital Format: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Digital Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The digital extras include “Going Green – An Interview with Director Steven Kostanski” Featurette and a BTS Footage Compilation.

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