And suddenly, almost without warning, it became time to talk about the Leprechaun movies again. I’m not even talking about Saint Patrick’s Day, although the apparent flurry of interest concerning the Leprechaun movies has clearly been timed to coincide with that forever-linked holiday. First, the profile of former Leprechaun star Warwick Davis got a massive boost when HBO picked up his mockumentary series made with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
The show started airing last month here in the States. I’ve only seen the first episode, and that was more than enough for me, but I love Warwick Davis and I was pretty happy to see the above billboard at eight-hundred-times life size in the middle of Times Square.
And then today happened. My friend Zach Oat and my friends at Daily Grindhouse tipped me to the fact that WWE Films, makers of the John Cena action epics The Marine and 12 Rounds, are planning to attach jumper cables to the Leprechaun movie franchise for a release in 2013. Sure thing. It’s a natural fit.
I was being sarcastic at the end of that last paragraph but suddenly I’m imagining the possibilities. If they can get Warwick Davis to come back for the new Leprechaun movie, maybe they can have John Cena face off against him. It could be a blending of both Leprechaun and 12 Rounds, with the evil Leprechaun tormenting John Cena instead of a mad bomber.
Or if they can’t persuade Warwick Davis to return, maybe John Cena himself can take over the lead role. I see no reason why a monstrous pro wrestler couldn’t portray an evil Leprechaun.
Boggles the mind, does it not?
All of this is good enough reason for me to decide to repost what I logged last year in bulk on the Leprechaun franchise, my rough guide to a series of films which reached a staggering six entries before petering out almost ten years ago. It was one of my most popular posts, and now I guess I’ll split it up into seven more easily digestible mini-posts. All of the following has appeared previously elsewhere and has been both abridged and expanded just in time for this most eventful St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
As previously noted, I’m something of an expert on the six Leprechaun movies, which is to say, I’ve seen them all. It’s not a boast. If I could unsee a couple of them, I would. Generally speaking, they stink. The Leprechaun movies are like farts: Some of them stink so bad you can’t help but laugh, but most of them just clear the room.
First up (next post): Leprechaun (1993).
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