'Leprechaun Returns' Gets First Poster and Release Details

Leprechaun is considered by many to be one of the more ridiculous, and awful, horror films of the '90s, though its recognizable main character has cemented itself in pop culture enough to warrant multiple sequels. Leprechaun Returns, the eighth entry in the series, has gotten an all-new poster ahead of its December 11th VOD release.

You can check out the new poster below:

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(Photo: Lionsgate)

In the 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.“

The original 1993 film focused on a family who moves into a new house and unknowingly becomes targeted by a nefarious leprechaun who thinks they have stolen his pot of gold. The film leaned into the ludicrous premise to deliver audiences a horror-comedy which, though largely forgettable in every conceivable way, was memorable for its sheer absurdity. It's also notable for being the feature-film debut for Jennifer Aniston.

The original film was successful enough to score one theatrically released sequel in 1994, with all subsequent installments heading straight to video. By the time the franchise got to its third sequel, it took its ludicrousness into the stratosphere, delivering audiences Leprechaun 4: In Space. The film wasn't the first '90s horror franchise to take their terrors off the planet, with Hellraiser: Bloodline leaving Earth behind in 1996.

The fifth and six films returned the creature to earth with Leprechaun in the Hood and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood. These films marked star Warwick Davis' final entries in the franchise, having starred as the titular creature since the series' inception.

As was the trend of the late 2000s, the character was given a reboot/gritty origin story with 2014's Leprechaun: Origins, the first theatrically released entry since the 1994 sequel. Dylan Postl, better known as the WWE persona Hornswoggle, took over the role of the main character, yet the reimagining of the monster resulted in the leprechaun being completely devoid of personality or dialogue, which were signature components of the franchise.

This new film stars Linden Porco (Channel Zero, Cult of Chucky) as the monster and also features Mark Holton returning to the series for the first time since the original film. Leprechaun Returns was directed by Steven Kostanski, who delivered audiences the gruesome splatter-fest The Void.

Leprechaun Returns hits VOD and Digital HD on December 11th.

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