Two young couples backpacking through Ireland discover that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.
Starring: Stephanie Bennett, Andrew Dunbar, and Melissa Roxburgh
Written by: Harris Wilkinson
Directed by: Zach Lipovsky
The problem with "Leprechaun: Origins" starts with the title. This movie could have been titled a number of other things such as, "Chupacabra: Origins," "Skinned Werewolf's Revenge," "The Growling Forest Beast," or "Who Fried My Leprechaun." Why all the stupid titles? Well that’s because this movie really has nothing to do with the leprechaun horror fans have seen in space, the hood, or in any of the previous movies.
The "Leprechaun: Origins" version is some kind of creature that is hard to make out. The first few times it appears audiences get to see the action through its eyes before finally getting a glimpse of what it is. Unfortunately, they decide to never give the audience a real clear look at the leprechaun they create. All the audience gets to see is a dark creature that likes to growl. It doesn’t have a top hat, little outfit, or shinny shoes. The only thing that gives the audience a clue that this is a leprechaun, besides the girl finding a book about it, is that the creature is attracted to gold.
To go along with the disappointment of the leprechaun are the kills. Most of the kills are the kind where the audience gets to see the blood splatter, but not the actual kill. Probably the best kill isn't even done by the leprechaun. Add a pretty standard storyline with less than inspiring acting to top that off.
"Leprechaun: Origins" is definitely one of those movies that remind horror fans why they don't like remakes, and reboots. If the audience is expecting to learn about the origins of the leprechaun they know, they can forget about it. It would have been a nice idea, but nope. Instead, audiences get a creature that they barely will see to go along with deaths that they barely will see. Overall the only thing the audience gets to see is a bad movie, which is why I give it .5 pools of blood.