On July 24, attendees of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con got a glimpse of the upcoming "Leprechaun" reboot "Leprechaun: Origins," thanks to a new poster which features the titular character front and center. And fans of the original campy horror series will likely be scratching their heads.
"Origins"(which is being produced by WWE Studios and Lionsgate Pictures) is being marketed as a more serious horror film than the original series, and the creature certainly seems more bestial and alien in nature. But he looks nothing like the Leprechauns of ancient folklore WWE Wrestler Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl is taking over the role from actor Warwick Davis. The film is directed by Zach Lipovsky and also stars Stephanie Bennett and Andrew Dunbar.
Also on July 24, Entertainment Weekly posted new exclusive footage from the film to coincide with the Comic-Con poster reveal, which we've embedded in this piece. You can get an even further look at how Postl and the film are repurposing the Leprechaun character. But the more somber tone could be derailed by the odd creature make-up.
No one could ever accuse the original series of being truly scary. It featured endless bad puns, and Davis chewed the scenery so thoroughly that it truly qualifies as a guilty pleasure. The idea of a legitimately scary tiny creature going around attacking people over a pot of gold is a bit hard to swallow.
But viewers can decide for themselves when "Leprechaun: Origins" is released on VOD and Digital HD on August 26. The title will debut on Blu-ray September 30. And on that same date "Leprechaun: The Complete Movie Collection" a box set featuring the original six films will also be released.
What do you think of a more serious "Leprechaun" film? Tell us in the comments.