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 Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNZEMdODcq4 Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News14 hours ago [Image] Tate Steinsiek’s ‘Castle Freak’ Remake to World Premiere at Chattanooga Film Festival News18 hours ago Original Station Wagon from John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ to Appear at Flashback Weekend Chicago Blu-Ray & DVD20 hours ago Second Sight Films Unleashing ‘Revenge’ Limited Edition Blu-Ray in the UK This May News3 days ago A Rare 35mm 3D Screening of ‘Friday The 13th: Part 3’ Will Take Place Next Month in Philadelphia News4 days ago Jason Blum Says the Canvas of ‘Halloween Kills’ is Very Large News2 weeks ago Non-Spoiler Details from Thursday Nights Test Screening of ‘Halloween Kills’ News4 weeks ago Jamie Lee Curtis Had to Adapt to Some Limitations and Interesting Changes in ‘Halloween Kills’ News2 weeks ago James Jude Courtney Talks ‘Halloween Kills’ Intensity: “We Pumped Up the Volume on This One” News3 weeks ago Blumhouse’s ‘Halloween Kills’ Will Test Screen This Thursday in Los Angeles News4 weeks ago [Video] Anthony Michael Hall Says ‘Halloween Kills’ is “Really Intense” News1 week ago [Trailer] Eric Dean Hordes’ Throwback Horror ‘Trolls World’ Brings Back ‘Troll 2’ Actor George Hardy News2 weeks ago James Jude Courtney Talks ‘Halloween Kills’ Intensity: “We Pumped Up the Volume on This One” News2 weeks ago [Trailer] Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson Team to Solve Grisly Murders in ‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ News4 weeks ago Jamie Lee Curtis Had to Adapt to Some Limitations and Interesting Changes in ‘Halloween Kills’ News4 weeks ago [Video] Anthony Michael Hall Says ‘Halloween Kills’ is “Really Intense” 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!