Reviews Review: Leprechaun Returns is a Great Horror Throwback, Full of Fun Blood and Guts Published 1 year ago on December 12, 2018 By Gareth Paterson Share Tweet Leprechaun (1993) has a special place in my heart. I adore it’s mixture of grisly violence, cartoonish silliness and magical fantasy. It’s a bit like a gory version of Harry Potter. Part of what made this movie and it’s increasingly ridiculous sequels so watchable was the central performance by Warwick Davis. So I was apprehensive at the idea of the little green monster being recast. Can newcomer Linden Porco pull off a performance that is both menacing and comical? The answer is yes. He does a fantastic job at making the role his own. Porco already has some experience in the genre. He was the body double for everyone’s favourite killer doll in the brilliantly mind bending Cult of Chucky. As the Leprechaun he brings buckets of charisma and gleeful sadism. Another reason why I love the original is the memorable band of characters who must come together to defeat the Leprechaun. Ozzie is the most interesting one amongst them. So it’s great to see Mark Holton reprise the role 25 years later. This is not just a short cameo either. Ozzie plays a key part in aiding the numerous teens as they find themselves trapped on the same property from the original film. Compared to the other sequels Leprechaun Returns is much better at matching the tone of the first instalment. It has that same blend of creepiness, gruesomeness and dumb humour. There is also a reference to the Crichton Leprechaun viral video which was a nice touch. Leprechaun Returns is a great horror throwback, full of fun blood and guts practical effects. It continues and expands on the story of the original in a way that is both fresh and respectful. Porco’s debut feels like the horror equivalent of getting a new James Bond. This is one of the rare instances where I really want a sequel to happen. The film ends with the promise of more bloody carnage to come and I for one can’t wait. Related Topics:Leprechaun ReturnsLinden PorcoMark Holton Up Next Review: ‘Suspiria’ is One of the Most Skilfully Made and Artistically Rich Horror Films of 2018 Don't Miss Review: ‘The Predator’ Has Enough Explosions and Severed Limbs to Give Some Momentary Fun Advertisement You may like ‘Leprechaun Returns’ Arrives on Blu-Ray This June from Lionsgate ‘Leprechaun Returns’ Makes Its Home Video Debut on (UK) DVD This April Comments Advertisement Facebook Featured Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UoSqJFMS-A&t=20s Advertisement Latest Popular Videos Blu-Ray & DVD2 days ago Tobe Hooper’s ‘Salem’s Lot’ Getting Region Free Blu-Ray in the UK This May News2 days ago ’28 Weeks Later’ Actress Imogen Poots Would Love to Return for ’28 Months Later’ Sequel News3 days ago [Trailer] ‘Gremlins’ Star Zach Galligan Takes on Dolls, Clowns and Leprechauns in ‘Evil Little Things’ News4 days ago How ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Can Be Scarier Than the Original According to Director John Krasinski News5 days ago UK Release Date for Rose Glass’s ‘Saint Maud’ Has Been Postponed News4 weeks ago ‘Halloween Ends’ Will Begin Filming in the Next Three to Four Months News3 weeks ago [Video] New Footage from the Set of ‘Halloween Kills’ Shows Michael Myers Walking the Streets News3 weeks ago ‘Halloween Kills’ Trailer Arriving in June? Possible World Premiere at TIFF This September News3 weeks ago Director Damien Leone Promises That ‘Terrifier 2’ is Going to “Blow Your Fucking Minds” News4 weeks ago ‘Candyman’ Director Nia DaCosta Teases Tony Todd’s Return News3 days ago [Trailer] ‘Gremlins’ Star Zach Galligan Takes on Dolls, Clowns and Leprechauns in ‘Evil Little Things’ News3 weeks ago [Video] New Footage from the Set of ‘Halloween Kills’ Shows Michael Myers Walking the Streets News1 month ago [Trailer] Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Dares You to Repeat His Name Five Times News1 month ago Poster and Teaser Trailer Arrives for Director Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ Reboot News2 months ago [Trailer] Eric Dean Hordes’ Throwback Horror ‘Trolls World’ Brings Back ‘Troll 2’ Actor George Hardy Trending Editorials4 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News3 years ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News3 years ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD3 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News3 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News3 years ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News3 years ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News3 years ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!