Original LEPRECHAUN Star Warwick Davis Explains Why He Quit the Franchise

Okay, even if you’re not a committed fan, you probably realize there are a lot of Leprechaun movies. The imp in green has gone from Ireland to American, from the suburbs to the hood, from planet earth all the way into outer space! You can’t do all thank in just two or three movies. There have been seven with an eighth on the way. What most people don’t realize, however, is that 2014’s Leprechaun: Origins isn’t a prequel, it’s actually a hard reboot.

It was during that last installment that franchise star Warwick Davis, who had played the titular Leprechaun until then, passed the torch. While he remains active in Hollywood, he seems to have left horror behind. In a recent conversation he had with the folks at Bang Showbiz, he revealed that it has to do with being a father and having children to think about:

“You know what, we did six ‘Leprechaun’ films, and around Halloween people always watch them and love them. Horror is an interesting medium. I think it’s different when you have kids; you look at horror in a slightly different way. Since I finished the ‘Leprechaun’ films I had kids and I see the world through their eyes, and to be in a horror movie right now is probably not quite right. I will wait until my son turns 18 and then I’ll do some horror again.”

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The previously mentioned eighth Leprechaun, the 2nd since 2014’s reboot, is Leprechaun Returns, and it arrives on Digital and VOD platforms next week on December 11th. The film stars Linden Porco (Channel ZeroCult of Chucky) as The Leprechaun “with his signature hat and shiny shoes”, Taylor Spreitler (Amityville: The AwakeningKevin Can WaitCasual), and Mark Holton (LeprechaunPee-wee’s Big AdventureA League of Their Own), who returns to the series for the first time since the original 1993 film.

The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first, he must recover his powers with a killing spree—and only the girls of AU can stop him.


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Are you a fan of the Leprechaun franchise? How do you think it’s been holding up since Warwick Davis’s departure? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!



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