Leprechaun: Origins was a terrible, terrible film. We probably don’t need to remind you of that, though. Zach Lipovsky’s carbon-copy creature feature was a slap in the face to horror fans everywhere, dead on arrival mostly thanks to an atrocious screenplay that never once ventured outside the safety of repetition. There wasn’t a single new idea to be found at the end of what was an unintelligible cash-in short on reveals, lacking in death scenes, and heavy on infuriating redundancy.
And while many had all but written off the franchise after its release, and understandably so, there might just be reason to get excited about Leprechaun again, and that’s because Syfy has announced Leprechaun Returns today. Now, before you go ahead and let out a groan, know that this will be a sequel to the 1993 original, picking up 25 years after the events of that film.
According to the network, Returns finds the “leprechaun revived in the modern day when a group of sorority girls unwittingly awaken him while tearing down a cabin to build a new sorority house.” Written by Suzanne Keilly (Ash vs. Evil Dead) and directed by Steven Kostanski (The Void), the cast will be comprised of Taylor Spreitler (Kevin Can Wait) as Lila, Pepi Sonuga (Ash vs. Evil Dead) as Katie, Sai Bennett (Lake Placid: Legacy) as Rose, and Linden Porco as the leprechaun (replacing longtime star Warwick Davis).
Not only that, but Syfy’s also released a quick teaser trailer for the pic, which can be seen up above. Granted, it doesn’t give us much, but at least we get to see the titular character, with the network promising that the franchise is going back to its roots with Returns. Whether the film will be able to wipe the horrid Origins – not to mention some of the other forgettable sequels – from our memory remains to be seen, but for now, we’re willing to remain cautiously optimistic.
What do you think, though? Will you be checking out Leprechaun Returns when it hits Syfy in March 2019? Or have you had enough of the franchise? Take to the comments section down below and let us know.