When WWE Films announced that they had acquired the rights to and were remaking the movie Leprechaun, I knew it was only a matter of time before they announced that the eponymous character would be played by their very own leprechaun, Hornswoggle. It seemed fitting as the Leprechaun series has largely been played more for laughs than horror. Still, I find this bit of news intriguing. During an interview with Crave, WWE president Michael Luisi had this to say about the movie:
“The tone is going to be a little darker, a little more traditional horror than the Warwick Davis ones that people remember, trying to find a way to please fans of that genre but at the same time this is really being played for scares.”
I have to be honest here and say that I just don’t see how they can pull this off. First of all, it’s WWE. While I found they were successful in their first foray into movies (and horror) with See No Evil, that was largely due to the fact that wrestler Kane himself is a frickin scary dude and was born to star in a horror movie. Hornswoggle? Not so much. And their track record hasn’t exactly been exemplary.
Secondly, it’s Leprechaun. Not exactly a name that instills fear, unless you’re talking about the acting. I don’t see how it can really be played for more than anything but laughs. (And is anyone really clamoring for a reboot of Leprechaun?) Stranger things have happened, I suppose (Like David Arquette winning the WCW Championship). I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Call me a pessimist, but I don’t see this being in the upper echelon of horror remakes like The Thing or Dawn of the Dead. Now where the hell are me Lucky Charms?