Leprechaun Returns (2018)
Leprechaun Returns is brilliantly balanced as it acknowledges the original film, Leprechaun (1993), throughout, whilst also trying to evolve the story. This enables it to appeal to both fans of the original series, whilst also making it accessible to a new audience. Mark Holton is the only returning actor from the original film as he reprises his role of Ozzie (Linden Porco having taken over the pivotal role of the leprechaun from Warwick Davis) and is used initially as a nostalgic connection between the two films. It seemed as though he would be destined for a brief cameo, but he was later incorporated into the overall story, adding something different, as well as some comedy elements.
Leprechaun Returns (2018)
}directed by Steven Kostanski produced by Daniel IronLance Samuels written by Suzanne Keillymstarring Linden Porco Taylor Spreitler Mark Holton Sai Bennett Pepi Sonuga Ben McGregorEmily Reid cinematography is by someone the music is by Andries Smit distributors is LionsgateSYFY production companies Blue Ice PicturesOut of Africa Entertainmentreleasedate,December 11, 2018 runtimme 86 Minutes language English preceded by Leprechaun: Origins leprechaun returns is a horror comedy directed by Steven Kostanski and written by Suzanne Kell Plot
actors Linden Porco as The Leprechaun Taylor Spreitler as Lila Jenkins Mark Holton as Ozzie Jones Pepi Sonuga as Katie Sai Bennett as Rose Ben McGregor as Andy Emily Reid as Meredith Oliver Llewellyn Jenkins as Matt Leon Clingman as University Advisor Heather McDonald as Tory Reding Pete Spiros as Mailman notes Direct sequel to the original film and ignores all of the sequels and the remake.The second film in the series in which Warwick Davis does not play the Leprechaun.Lionsgate initially tried to contact Jennifer Aniston to resume her character from Tory Reding, however the production company clarified that an economic agreement was not reached with the actress so she ended up being replaced.Filmed in Cape Town, South Africa.The skin of the Lubdan duende resembles ash during almost the entire film, this is a reference to the alleged death of Lubdan in the 1993 film.It is the only film in the franchise where Lubdan has heterochromia, that is, eyes of different colors.The outfit used by the Leprechaun in this film, is inspired by the outfits that this character used in the third and fourth films.Jennifer Aniston congratulated Steven Kostanski for continuing the original story of Leprechaun, She reported that for none of the previous sequels she and her former co-workers were not contacted.Just like Leprechaun in the Hood the Leprechaun doesn't die. recipitation It is regarded as the worst leprechaun movie
Leprechaun returns is a dirrect sequel to the original movie from 1993 and it was definitly better.My positives about the movie is the Leprechaun himself i really enjoy Linden Porco as the Leprechaun he wasn't as good as Warwick Davis, but it was a big suprise to get a new Leprechaun that didn't suck.I like that it is a sequel to the original and that is has continuity.I really enjoy Ozzie as a ghost and a real person and i love that they brought back him.The kills are amazing, the kill where that guy was split in half is my favourite kill of the franchise and one of my favourite kills in horror movie history.My negatives is the that mostly all of the characters suck and are just boring or annoying, the acting is not really good, but i can watch it, at least it isn't as bad as Shevonne Durkin as Bridget in Leprechaun 2.Over all a great sequel and i highly recommend watching it.
I liked how this one was a direct sequel to the original. It was a blast and the deaths scenes were awesome!! The Syfy channel did an awesome job with this one and the guy who played the leprechaun was pretty good! I definitely had fun with it!
I WANT ME TROPES! The Alleged Car: The group's Toyota Prius. In real life, it was never known to be quick, but it can keep pace with contemporary traffic. It's portrayed in the film as electric and so slow that Lubdan is able to catch up with it while riding on a camera drone.
Asshole Victim: Andy, he was a jerkass who made surprise scares.
Meredith, as she was a Dirty Coward betraying everyone to Lubdan to save her own skin.
Big "NO!": Ozzie when he realizes Lubdan woke up.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Before decapitating Matt with his drone, Lubdan quips that "audiences love lots of gore".
The Bus Came Back: Ozzie returns just to get killed off in minutes.
Canon Discontinuity: Returns discards any sequels to the original movie from "Leprechaun 2" to "Back 2 tha Hood" where he went to Las Vegas and outer space by writing in Lubdan didn't wake up since 1993. Unless each Leprechaun is a different character except this one.
Chest Burster: Happens to Ozzie as Lubdan invokes this.
The Cuckoolander Was Right: The sorority thought that Ozzie was crazy and a weirdo... they later see why.
Deal with the Devil: When Lubdan gets trapped in a circle of wrought iron, he offers Lila a wish in exchange for his freedom. He further tempts her (using her late mother's voice) that she can use the wish to bring her mother back. Lila declares that she just wishes him dead and shoves a hose into his mouth whilst Rose pumps the hose with clover juice; blowing the leprechaun to gory bits.
Dirty Coward: Meredith admits that she sold Lila out to Lubdan because Lubdan offered to spare her life in exchange for giving up Lila's location. Lubdan points out that he only promised not to lay his hands on her.
Dramatic Irony: Ozzie tries telling (or miming) to Lila that he was a key witness to Lubdan's initially defeat when a four-leaf clover was slingshotted into his mouth. If you watch the first Leprechaun movie, you'd know what Ozzie meant. Lila doesn't get any of it.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Lila and Katie succeed in escaping (though Katie's seriously injured from being impaled but fortunately through non-vital organs), Lila's only suffered a few cuts and burns and while Lubdan is still alive he's put off killing and pursuing them so that he can get his gold back. But then you realize that because Lubdan is still alive, he's now on his way to Bismarck to get his gold back. And even with only a tenth of his gold, he's ridiculously dangerous. If he reclaims all his gold, he'll get even more powerful. Or if he DOES get his gold back, he'll have no reason to kill anyone (though he might still want to). Your call whether Lubdan getting back all his gold will be for better or for worse. Though we'll have to wait and see if he does get his gold back or not.
The End... Or Is It?: Lubdan survived at the end. He hitchhikes a ride on a chicken truck on its way to Bismarck, North Dakota so he can reclaim his gold.
Exact Words: Ludban promised to not lay his hands on Meredith, so he kills her with a long-range method by hitting her with flying sprinklers.
Friendly Zombie: Ozzie becomes a zombie ghost after the Leprechaun kills him.
Giggling Villain: Ludban returns to this, maliciously giggling at every turn.
Good Luck Charm: Ozzie has been carrying giant 4-leaf clovers around him living in constant fear of Lubdan's return.
Lila wears a necklace her mother bestowed on her to protect her from harm (we mean the Leprechaun).
Gorn: It's a lot gorier than the previous installments.
Half the Man He Used to Be: Lubdan literally splits Andy in half (vertically) between the front and behind.
Hate Sink: Meredith is a rude, selfish stoner that can't be relied on by her friends and sells them out to save her own skin.
Hollywood Darkness: The house the protagonists are in loses power more than once (due to a popped fuse, a prank, or other sabotages) and the movie takes mostly place at night.
Homage: There's one to the shower scene from Psycho.
The way Leprechaun is divided into tiny versions is similar to Ash's evil mirror counterpart in Army of Darkness.
Whether by coincidence or design, the way the leprechaun is killed (a hose shoved in his mouth, something pumped into his body until he explodes) is similar to how Chucky was killed in Child's Play 2.
There's also a few nods to the Crichton Leprechaun newscast, including Rose theorizing that he's actually a crackhead who got a bad batch.
Hostile Hitchhiker: Played for Laughs with Lubdan at the end; he holds up a sign saying "BISMARCK OR BUST" waiting for someone to give him a lift. A chicken truck driver comes along and relents to his pleas. Instead of harming the driver, Lubdan just sit and sulks over both his loss of gold and the loud, feathery birds he has to deal with for the remainder of the trip on the back of the pickup.
I Will Show You X!: A tiny Lubdan stabs Rose in her breast with a hammer (the end with a claw), then he mocks "STOP! Hammer Time!"Rose: I'll give you geriatrics some hammer time!
Laser-Guided Karma: Both Rose and Meredith's deaths are karmic. Meredith for being a Dirty Coward selling out everyone else to Lubdan to save her own skin (with Lubdan killing her anyways upon completion of the deal), and Rose for having taken Lubdan's gold to trade it in for cash she planned on using to upgrade the house.
MacGuffin: Lubdan's gold. All that appears in the movie is the pot itself with no more than 20% of the gold Lubdan once had.
Mailman vs. Dog: One of Lubdan's first victims is a mailman.
Off with His Head!: How Lubdan greeted the mailman, though rather than decapitation it was by running his head over with his own mail carrier truck. He then decapitates Matthew with his own spy drone. The tiny Lubdans also drop Rose flat-face into a gold shovel-shaped trophy, impaling her in the head.
Revenge of the Sequel: Lubdan's first intention when he returns? KILL, KILL, KILL!
Sequel Hook: Lubdan surviving at the end leaves room open for sequels to come. In the older movies Lubdan kept getting killed at the end.
Shower Scene: Lila has a shower at one point. Lubdan, being the Troll that he is, silently stalks outside the shower for a few moments and then flushes the toilet.
Spin-Offspring: Lila, the main protagonist of the movie, turns out to be the daughter of Tory Redding (played by Jennifer Aniston) who was the protagonist of the original Leprechaun movie.
Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Ozzie is killed off at the beginning when Lubdan uses his body as his ticket out of the well. Lila has mentioned that her mother Tory Redding has also passed.
Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: It turns out that fighting a blood thirsty supernatural monster will traumatize you pretty badly, as this movie reveals that Tory spent the rest of her life paranoid about supernatural monsters coming to get her.
Take That!: Lubdan retains his shoe cleaning compulsion. Except if said shoes are Crocs, in which case he'll put them straight in the trash bin.Lubdan: Probably doin' fashion a favor killing that one.
Lubdan sees the gang try to get away in a rather slow electric car. (The sorority girls are shown to be avid about the environment)Lubdan: That's the car of the future? Shit...
Tone Shift: Played with. There is little nudity or even F-word cussing in this movie. There was tons of nudity and profanity back in the original Leprechaun movies. Curiously, there's still plenty of bloody gore and violence, and Returns maintains the R rating as did the older movies. If anything, this reboot has a lot of bleeding and slicing to a level not present or absent on-screen in the older movies (which operated on a low budget and so on-screen bloodshed might not have been affordable).
Twisting the Words: Meredith and Lubdan make a deal: if Meredith sells out everybody else, Lubdan shall not lay a hand on her. Meredith assumes this means Lubdan will spare her life - Lubdan then claims her assumption was wrong, he was being very literal about simply keeping only his hands off of her and stabs her in the mouth with a water sprinkler.
Un-Reboot: After a poorly-received reboot, Returns goes back to the original continuity and discards the reboot entirely (along with every sequel to the original film before Returns).
The Voiceless: Ozzie after he dies and reanimates as a zombie.
Zombie Apocalypse: Lubdan now looks like a zombified version of the original Leprechaun played by Warwick Davis.