The first trailer has emerged for the upcoming Lionsgate/WWE Studios' horror remake Leprechaun: Origins, and it's, eh, every bit as silly as you would think.
The preview shows a bunch of pretty but rather generic college kids going off to (yes!) a cabin in the woods for a fun-filled weekend of partying and misbehavior.
Of course, anyone who has even a passing interest in the horror genre knows these poor kids are as doomed as Spinal Tap drummers. If scary movies have taught us anything, it's that you and your friends should never go stay at a remote and rundown old cabin in the woods.
Go to a nice hotel, or something. At least they have hot running water and no psychopathic murderers lurking in the basement.
Oh, and the guys and girls read aloud from a mysterious old book they find at some point. Apparently because they haven't sealed their fates enough.
Come on, even by horror movie standards, this is deeply stupid behavior. It's like Joss Whedon's 2012 comedy movie Cabin in the Woods, only without the satire or in-jokes.
(Presumably, the genre-blind gang will also split up at some point to investigate the mysterious noises coming from outside before being murdered in some hideously brutal manner.)
WWE Superstar Dylan Postl, aka Hornswoggle, will play the titular leprechaun, marking his first major Hollywood role. The film is due out on Video on Demand August 26, as the trailer notes.
While it's unlikely to revamp the genre, or do massive business, it's hard not to see the movie being some sort of a success. There is a significant audience for these low-budget horror films, and it's not that difficult to make back your money on them (especially when you factor in things like Netflix).
Leprechaun: Origins is, of course, a reboot of the cult classic 1993 movie. That movie was followed by hilariously campy sequels, Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun 3, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun: In the Hood and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood.
On the bright side, it's not as if WWE Studios can make this franchise any more absurd.