It’s been over a decade since we’ve seen a new installment in the pint-sized Leprechaun franchise, when the title character stalked the streets of ‘tha hood’ for the second time, in 2003. After six installments, the series is at long last getting the reboot treatment later this year, and the first trailer has just made its way onto the net.
Directed by Zach Lipovsky, Leprechaun: Origins is being billed as a much darker take on the subject matter, with the humor of the original films being all but replaced by genuine terror – at least, that’s the idea. For the first time ever, Warwick Davis won’t be playing the Irish demon, as WWE superstar Dylan ‘Hornswoggle’ Postl has taken over the role.
The film centers on two young couples who are backpacking through the Irish countryside, and quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when a town’s residents offer them an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, the friends will find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.
Check out the Leprechaun: Origins trailer below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, and look for it on VOD outlets August 26th. A DVD/Blu-ray release will follow, on September 30th.