Leprechaun: Origins

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Leprechaun: Origins
LeprechaunOrigins Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Zach Lipovsky
Produced by Chris Foss
Michael Luisi
Written by Harris Wilkinson
Based on Characters 
by Mark Jones
Starring Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl
Stephanie Bennett
Teach Grant
Bruce Blain
Adam Boys
Andrew Dunbar
Melissa Roxburgh
Brendan Fletcher
Music by Jeff Tymoschuck
Cinematography Mahlon Todd Williams
Edited by Shawn Montgomery
Distributed by Lionsgate Films
Release dates
  • August 22, 2014 (2014-08-22)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Leprechaun: Origins is a 2014 American horror film directed by Zach Lipovsky, written by Harris Wilkinson and starring the wrestler Dylan Postl (better known under his ring name Hornswoggle).[1][2] It is the seventh film in the Leprechaun film series and is meant to be a reboot for the series.[3] WWE Studios President Michael Luisi has described the film as "a little darker, a little more traditional horror than the Warwick Davis ones that people remember".[4]

The movie was given to select theaters on August 22, 2014, and everywhere on August 29, 2014, followed by a VOD on 26 August and a DVD/Blu-ray release on September 30, 2014.[5][6]


Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town's chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Brendan Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town's residents offer the hikers 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. The four people find out that the town is really using them as sacrifices to the Leprechaun. The town stole the gold from the Leprechaun and lured people outside the village to be killed by the Leprechaun so the Leprechaun wouldn't kill them. During the night, two evil villagers were killed by the Leprechaun. At the end, Sophie becomes the last survivor and she makes it out. She manages to kill the Leprechaun, only to find out that there is more than one Leprechaun.



On March 17, 2014, WWE Studio's official YouTube channel premiered a clip from the film with an introduction by Dylan Postl, in light of Saint Patrick's Day.[7]


Critical reception for Leprechaun: Origins has been predominantly negative.[8] Common complaints consist of cliche scripting and poor directing.[9][10] IGN heavily panned the film, writing "Slasher movies of this ilk come with a certain expectation of quality. But even the cheapest, most shoddy productions can manage some thrills, kills, and laughs with memorable characters and a cohesive plot when skilled filmmakers are at the helm. Leprechaun: Origins, unfortunately, offers none of these things."[11] We Got This Covered criticized the movie for being overly cliche, stating "Honestly, the scariest bit of Lipovski’s vision is how blatantly stolen most scenes feel, be it the “long grass” scene from Jurassic Park: The Lost World or detailed costume rips from Red Clover, but what else do you expect from an unintelligible cash-in short on reveals, lacking on death scenes, and heavy on infuriating redundancy?"[12]


  1. ^ "‘Leprechaun: Origins’ Is Already Filmed, Here’s the Cast…". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Hanstock, Bill. "'Leprechaun Origins' is not what you're expecting". SB Nation. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "New York Comic Con 2013: Footage Descriptions from WWE’s See No Evil 2 and Leprechaun: Origins". Dread Central. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Topel, Fred. "Sundance 2013 Interview: WWE Studios President Michael Luisi". Crave Online. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Lussier, Germain. "‘Leprechaun: Origins’ Trailer: WWE Studios Reinvents a Horror Franchise". Slash Film. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "WWE Studio’s ‘Leprechaun: Origins’ Gets Theatrical Release (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Hornswoggle's "Leprechaun: Origins" Sneak Peek". YouTube. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Scheck, Frank. "'Leprechaun: Origins': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "[Review] ‘Leprechaun: Origins’ Is Painfully Generic". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Wheatley, Cliff. "FAR FROM MAGICALLY DELICIOUS.". IGN. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Donato, Matt. "Leprechaun: Origins Review". We Got This Covered. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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