Before you go and ask me what the hell kinda sherm my ass has been smoking tonight, allow me to elaborate ...
On Saturday night March 17th at 9/8c (yep, that's St. Patty's Day!), Syfy will be following up an all day marathon of the first three films in the Leprechaun franchise with the premiere of a new original picture, titled Leprechaun's Revenge. Though the title kinda sorta dictates otherwise, the film will have nothing to do with the Warwick Davis series, instead telling a brand new story about a pint sized monster taking revenge on the Irish immigrants who imprisoned him years prior.
Sounds like your typical run of the mill Syfy fare, I know. But here's the thing with this one that separates it from the pack, the reason you should for once be excited about a Syfy Original Picture. Leprechaun's Revenge, formerly titled Red Clover, marks the feature length horror film debut of Drew Daywalt, a serious horror fan who for the past several years has been creating some of the better short genre films out there. I have blogged about Daywalt's shorts several times in the past, as I am a huge fan of his work, and I am truly so very excited that someone with his talent and love for the genre has been handed the reigns of a Syfy Original. I have no doubt in my mind that he's going to elevate the Syfy Original to a whole new level, something that particular breed of trash has been in serious need of for the past I can't even remember how long. To this I say, it's about damn time.
You can check out all of Daywalt's shorts over on his YouTube channel. I've embedded one of my favorites below, titled The Closet. Enjoy!
Starring Billy Zane & William Devane and written by The Dentist's special makeup effects supervisor Anthony C. Ferrante (don't worry, he's written a bunch of stuff too!), Leprechaun's Revenge has been described as a tribute to rubber suit B monster movies from the past, with Daywalt himself saying that it's reflective of the film the Coen Brothers would deliver if they got their hands on a Syfy script. Lest you have any doubts about us being in the right hands with this one, here are some further comments from Daywalt about the holiday horror flick!
"We took a very meta approach to making this film. My team and I wanted to do a different kind of Syfy film - one that had tongue firmly planted in cheek, one that was self conscious and knew what it was - a fun, sometimes scary, sometimes funny, often quirky creature-feature; but never stupid; never insulting to the audience. You're smart fans and you deserve to be treated as such."
creature concept art!
If I wasn't already sold by the name Drew Daywalt alone, I'd be totally sold after reading that. My issue with Syfy Originals has always been that the filmmakers seem to be taking the movies a bit too seriously, and with someone like Daywalt at the helm who knows exactly what us fans want from a movie of this sort, I think we're gonna have a really fun Saturday night creature feature on our hands with this one.
Now one of the reasons I wanted to make this post tonight was because I wanted to run something by you folks. I've been thinking of having a live chat-along with the movie on March 17th, over on the Freddy In Space Facebook page, where we essentially all gather in there with beers by our side, watch the movie together and chat about it as we do. I think that'd be really fun and I just kinda wanna see who would be interested in such a thing, before I make any commitments to do it. So if that sounds like something you'd be into, and you think you'd be free that night to hang out in the chat and watch Leprechaun's Revenge together, please just leave me a quick comment below and let me know. If I get interest from at least a few people on this, it's likely that I'll go ahead with it!
Set your DVR's and mark your calendars ... Leprechaun's Revenge premieres at 9/8c on St. Patrick's night over on Syfy!