Leprechaun Returns (2018)

The long-running franchise gets in on the reboot market once more here (after 2014’s “Leprechaun: Origins”) by ignoring the events of every entry since the first one, not unlike 2018’s “Halloween.” In that way, the 10-year-old in me who first saw “Leprechaun” in fourth grade and thought it was awesome had a blast watching this direct sequel… but the grown-up in me was aghast at the cheap production values, groan-inducing one-liners and unfortunate acting. It’s one thing to recognize that it’s a television movie and to adjust your expectations, but after a while the whole thing just gets boring and repetitive. Linden Porco replaces Warwick Davis as the titular villain, and while he does a serviceable job it’s hard not to notice the cheap creature makeup.

Rating: ★ (out of 5)

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