Now then, regular followers of my ramblings will know that I’m a HUGE fan of Drew Daywalt and his work. I share his passion for classic horror and he is a true master of portraying the elements of horror that sadly are being forgotten by the big studio’s. More importantly, Drew’s work is original.
For you lucky people across the pond, March 17th (St Patrick’s Day) will air Drew Daywalt’s latest creation titled Leprechaun’s Revenge, which will be shown on SyFy at 21:00 Eastern. Drew took some time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions and I really wish I could enjoy this when it’s aired, but instead I will have to wait for the DVD. No spoilers please in the meantime and thank you Drew for the interview. I wish you continued success!
Did you research the mythology of the Leprechaun and if so, what is the most fascinating fact that inspired your creation?
I did. And so did screenwriter Anthony C. Ferrante. Ultimately though, I wanted to go for a more sinister creature than the happy little elves. I wanted to create a goblin-like creature, one that fought with druids of old. Something that reflected a darker past, more ogre, orc or troll in nature. We kept the gold hoarding and the luck parts of the mythology, we just took it to a much darker place.
You have said that the Leprechaun’s Revenge is an ode to the B-Monster movies. For generations who have never seen such a movie, can you explain your passion and fondness for them?
I grew up in the 80’s watching old horror films on Friday night with my brothers. Some were Hammer Horror from the 60’s others were James Whale and Universal monster films, and others were those old black and white Jack Arnold rubber monster movies. Movies like THEM and TARANTULA and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. As a boy I loved those films and when I look at what SyFy is doing, I see a reflection of those old campy monster movies. And I wanted this to be one of those, but with a modern, ironic and quirky twist. Something that was self conscious and knew what it was. Entertainment at it’s simplest, but smartest level.
How did you pitch the script of this movie to the stars, Billy Zane and William Devane?
Actually, the same way I pitched it just now. An ode to old monster movies, but with a sort of quirky, offbeat, even funny tone. In truth, the film is odd and wonderful and more amusing than scary and that was our intent. Billy and Bill both jumped on board enthusiastically and we were kids on a playground with this homicidal leprechaun at the center of our world for a few weeks.
Unfortunately for UK fans of your work, we won’t be able to watch it on March 17th on SyFy. When will we be able to view it?
I don’t know the details, but I do know that it will eventually be released on DVD, and I’m sure that’s not too far off! And hey, it’s never too late to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!