The original Leprechaun is enjoyed by horror fans for a number of reasons, thanks largely to how it strikes a specific balance between humor and terror while never resorting to self-parody. For the new sequel Leprechaun Returns, director Steven Kostanski looked to the third entry in the Evil Dead franchise, Army of Darkness, when it came to finding the right tone for the film.
"I don't know if you could even classify it as a horror movie, but Army of Darkness was technically one of the first horror movies I ever saw," Kostanski shared with ComicBook.com. "And that was my gateway film into the genre, because I was like, 'Oh, these movies aren't all totally miserable, and just rooted in trying to terrify you as much as possible. They can be silly and a little more childish at times.' And I just liked the way that that movie would go from being really intense to being really goofy and back again. And so, with Leprechaun, I thought that was kind of a good template to follow."
Leprechaun debuted in 1993, only a year after Army of Darkness debuted, with both films embracing a similar and specific horror-comedy hybrid tone, pre-dating self-referential satires like Scream while being competently made as to avoid the "so bad they're good" ironic entertainment aspect. Kostanski went on to detail his approach to Leprechaun Returns and how it resembled his previous, more straightforward horror efforts.
He added, "That was basically my mandate, was just
Fans can check out Leprechaun Returns when it hits VOD and Digital HD on December 11th.
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