Leprechaun Returns, a direct sequel to the original 1993 film, has been out digitally for a while, but is now set to be released onto UK DVD in a double pack with the original Leprechaun on April 1st.
Some 25 years after the events, in which the Reading family were driven out of their home by a foul mouthed goblin with an Irish accent. The property has been purchased by a nearby university, as part of an eco-project to turn it into a self sustaining - off grid sorority house.
Unfortunately for the students trying to fix up the place, due to an unfortunate incident with a nosey taxi driver (Mark Holton - reprising his role of Ossie from the original film) a four-leaf clover and a gold sovereign, the evil Leprechaun from the first film is ressurected (played this time by Linden Porco) and proceeds to go on the rampage as he searches for his missing gold.
Directed by Steven Kotanski (The Void) this one was actually bloody good fun, boasting some quite inventive, not to mention gorey, kill scenes (the death by solar panel was highly memorable). Plus I liked the way they tried to maintain continuity with the first, with Lila (Taylor Spreitler - Amityville : The Awakening) being apparently releated to the family in part 1, the inclusion of original actor Mark Holton and showing the Leprechaun's strange obsession with shoes.
Of course, don't expect Jennifer Aniston (who was in the original) to put in an appearance and I was slightly dissapointed that Warwick Davis, who played the titlar monster in the original 6 films, wasn't reprising the role (he was apparently offered the part, but declined as he's gone off horror films).
But anyway, fans of the original should love it.
Extras on the disc include...
Going Green (19mins) - Director Steven Kotanski talks about the making of the film, featuring behind the scenes footage
Behind the Scenes (3 mins) - A breif feature showing how the practical effects and animatronics for the film were made and used on set.
Stills Gallery - A collection of production still that play over music from the film.
Also included in the case is a DVD of the orginal Leprechaun film from 1993, starring Jennifer Aniston and Hal Holton, who reprises his role in this.
Leprechaun Returns comes to UK DVD April 1st from Lionsgate films.
Buy the UK DVD from Amazon.co.uk