If you had any concerns that Leprechaun Returns film wasn’t going to include “horror violence/gore and some sexual references” the MPAA has some good news for you. The new Leprechaun film has officially been award that gold seal of approval for all horror fans: A Hard R Rating! Is there any better news than this? Hard R’s mean inventive, over-the-top kills, buckets of blood, and all kinds of pun-based vulgarity. Elements essential to each and every Leprechaun film.
Leprechaun Returns is written by Suzanne Keilly (Ash vs Evil Dead), directed by Steven Kostanski (The Void) and stars Linden Porco (Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block) as The Leprechaun. Rounding out the cast are Taylor Spreitler (Amityville: The Awakening), Heather McDonald (Dance Flick), and Mark Holton, who reprises his role of Ozzie from the first film. Warwick Davis will of course be missed but never fear horror fiends, because the series is (very) clearly in good hands.
Leprechaun Returns marks the eighth film in the Leprechaun franchise but in sticking to 2018’s franchise themes, the new film ignores all sequels, acting as a direct follow-up the the original 1993 classic. These moves have completely divided the horror community into two very distant camps. On one side, you have your non-adventurous curmudgeons and in the other corner, a whole host of optimistic fans eager to shake things up a little bit. With comic book movies dominating the box office for years now, it’s a surprise this hasn’t happened sooner. Retconning, re-imaginings, and alternate timelines are as common as spandex on superheroes in the comic world so it was only a matter of time before the practice made it’s way into the horror camp. It’s a move that has a lot of people scratching their heads initially, but it makes room for new talent to tell interesting, and entertaining stories without trying to juggle decades of mythos and mistakes.
Regardless of how you feel about sequels that may upend your favourite franchises, an R Rating is always cause for celebration with an upcoming horror movie. Are you excited to see Leprechaun Returns on December 11th? Let us know on Twitter, Reddit, and in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook.