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“Leprechaun: Origins” and “Hell House LLC Origins” take fans back to the beginning to see how the horror first unfolded in these franchises.

Leprechaun Origins

We may not have spent much time talking about it, but the actors’ strike loomed over our humble little podcast. Now that it is over, we discuss its ramifications and what it means for the future.

We also discuss the prequel to Stephen King’s It, Welcome to Derry. There are plenty of stories to be told and the possibilities for a strong King property.

Then, it’s on to our featured film reviews: one old and one new. 

This week, we’re examining lesser-celebrated horror franchises, exploring their more recent “origin” sequels, and discussing how they have evolved — in good or bad ways.

Leprechaun is a strange franchise. It is well-known; even people who have never watched any of the films can typically name some of the franchise’s titles. The titular character is a popular one, but it remains a smaller series whose first two entries were released in theaters before the rest went straight to video… until 2014’s Leprechaun: Origins.

The WWE Studios release is an interesting one that moves the franchise away from its comedy horror roots and goes all in on the scares. The jokes have all been removed, and the film has become a creature feature.

How well does it work? Well, the fact that the next entry was a return to what Leprechaun is known for says it all.

Hellhouse LLC Origins

Hell House LLC is another franchise that does not have the largest fanbase. While there is not one villain, there is an overarching story.

The fourth installment, Hell House LLC Origins: The Carmichael Manor, adds to the lore while staying true to its original roots.

We talk about the surprisingly strong characters, the straightforward storytelling, and whether we would want to see more of the found footage movies.

ABOUT THIS PODCAST:

Adventures in Movies! is hosted by Nathaniel and Blake. You can find Nathaniel on Instagram at nathaninpoortaste. Blake can be found on Twitter @foureyedhorror and on Instagram at foureyedhorror.

Intro by Julio Mena: Bandcamp | Instagram

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