Trivia / Leprechaun

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Only one of the films takes place on St. Patrick's Day, not all of them.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • What turned out to be a positive version. The original film was supposed to be a kid-friendly horror film. The producers felt it would work better as an adult themed horror film, and additional scenes were shot to up the gore quotient. And thus, a horror franchise was born...
    • The studio wanted the then-unknown Jennifer Aniston to bleach her hair blonde for the first film. The director refused.
  • Old Shame:
    • Jennifer Aniston recalls being quite proud of the film early on, since it was her first. But then she became famous for Friends and thus a campy horror flick didn't reflect too well on her.
    • Subverted with Warwick Davis. He was ashamed of the film at first, but he warmed to it when it became popular.
  • Retroactive Recognition: In away the writer of this (and his other films) do have a pattern. A weird "creature", teen characters, supernatural adventures, on/off sense of continuity, lots of verbal banter. What's this all mean? Turns out Mark Jones the writer, was also a writer at Creana Barbera and Ruby-Spears for many years. It will be quite hard to unsee the influence once you do.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There were plans to have the Bluewater Productions comic series crossover with the Warlock comics made by the same company. On the subject of crossovers, according to Tony Todd, he was once approached about a possible Candyman vs Leprechaun film. Todd sat there in Stunned Silence trying to process that the man was serious.
    • Warwick Davis also claimed that a seventh film was going to be set in the Wild West, but the franchise is apparently (finally) dead. Davis has also mentioned a potential pirate-themed sequel in numerous interviews. Whether this was ever a concrete idea or mere wishful thinking isn't clear.
    • Brian Trenchard-Smith, the director of 3 and 4 revealed that years back he had pitched another film that would have placed the Leprechaun in the White House.
    • The scene in the original film with the Leprechaun eating the Bland-Name Product version of Lucky Charms was filmed (with the approval of General Mills) with an actual box of Lucky Charms. The company later withdrew their permission as they felt the scene was disrespectful. Not only did they reshoot the scene, but they snuck in a blatant Take That at the company: Alex's Pre-Mortem One-Liner "Fuck you, Lucky Charms." For those wondering, the original line would have been The Tagline "Your luck just ran out."
    • Early drafts for Origins were actually a lot closer in tone with the original movies.
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