Director: Steven Kostanski
Cast: Linden Porco, Taylor Spreitler, Mark Holton
Release Date: June 11, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
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.
Decades after the events of the original film, the sadistic and gold-crazed little demon is back in ‘Leprechaun Returns’ which accompanies a group of sorority sisters who have arrived at the same cabin where everything went so terribly wrong years prior with the intention to build a green-focused sorority and hopefully motivate others to make such helpful changes themselves. But what they find instead is the wrath of the witty, rhyming Leprechaun now back in action after decades of being trapped in a well and ready to tone his magic abilities by hunting down and killing these college kids in the bloodiest manner possible, while of course locating his missing gold in the process.
‘Leprechaun Returns’ is a faithful return to form for the comedic horror franchise, as well as one of the goriest entries by far. Even while not quite as wonderful as a few of the earlier installments in the series, it stays true to the darkly comedic vibe they capture so well, while also upping the gore factor and offering some pretty clever and amusing kills that genre fans should appreciate. All guided smoothly along by director Steven Kostanski (The Void) and further complimented by a solid performance from Linden Porco (TV’s Channel Zero) who portrays the Leprechaun this time around and does a fairly impressive job in the role made famous by the irreplaceable Warwick Davis.
For a full review of the film itself, please see my previously published ‘Leprechaun Returns’ Movie Review Here!
The Blu-ray release of ‘Leprechaun Returns’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty great for the most part and offers a fairly sharp, clean and detailed presentation from start to finish. It holds up admirably even during the frequent darkly lit sequences and fast moving moments throughout, never causing anything occurring onscreen to become negatively affected, let alone rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a fairly solid high definition video presentation from Lionsgate that may not be anything truly exceptional, but still looks quite good and shouldn’t have any trouble pleasing most fans of the franchise.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack provides a crisp, clean and at times quite hard hitting audio presentation throughout. It often takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, some nature elements, creepy noises and bits of dialogue, along with more throughout the various speakers whenever fitting and never conflicting with any other dialogue or additional audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously. Overall, this is a more than capable 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that makes for a nice compliment to the onscreen fun and shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Leprechaun Returns’ includes a couple solid extras. Included on the release is the Behind the Scenes Featurette ‘Going Green with Director Steven Kostanski’ (running approximately 20 minutes in length) which includes some behind the scenes footage and the director discussing the influences and challenges in bringing the film to life, plus more. We are also treated to ‘Leprechaun Returns Behind the Scenes Footage’ (running approximately 3 minutes) and a ‘Still Gallery’.