Irish-American Horror and Fantasy Movies

Orson Wells in "Return to Glennascaul" (1953)

Orson Wells in “Return to Glennascaul” (1953)

FIFTIES

RETURN TO GLENNASCAUL (1951)
Orson Wells narrates and plays himself in a short film about Irish ghosts.


 

Francis Ford Coppola's "Dementia 13" (1963)

Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dementia 13” (1963)

SIXTIES

DEMENTIA 13 (1963)
Francis Ford Coppola’s first official directing gig, intended to be a low-budget knock-off of “Psycho,” telling of Irish-Americans and a murder at an Irish castle.


 

"Halloween 3: Season of the Witch" (1982)

“Halloween 3: Season of the Witch” (1982)

EIGHTIES

HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)
An in-name only sequel to the classic slasher film that features an Irish village in America, an army of robot scientists, murderous masks, and a hunk of Stonehenge.

HIGH SPIRITS (1988)
Peter O’Toole stars in Neil Jordan’s comedy about American tourists and Irish ghosts.


 

"The Guardian" (1990)

“The Guardian” (1990)

NINETIES

THE GUARDIAN (1990)
“The Exorcist’s” William Friedkin was behind this strange, fascinating misfire about a modern Druid who sacrifices babies to trees.

TROLL 2 (1990)
A legendarily bad film, “Troll 2” is nonetheless a fascinating example of American folk horror, in which interlopers discover a rural town has been taken over by murderous pagans (in this instance, vegetarian goblins).

LEPRECHAUN (1993)
The film that, for reasons nobody understands, spawned a franchise: A greedy leprechaun menaces Jennifer Aniston over stolen gold.

LEPRECHAUN 2 (1994)
Less a sequel than a variation on a theme, putting Warwick Davis’ malevolent sprite in an LA where he almost makes sense.

LEPRECHAUN 3 (1995)
Warwick Davis’s titular leprechaun goes to Las Vegas, and the film series starts to lose its mind.

LEPRECHAUN 4: IN SPACE (1996)
The fourth film in the “Leprechaun” series is the most deliberately nonsensical, and suffers for it.

THE LAST LEPRECHAUN (1998)
An odd, disjointed film about two American children joining forces with a leprechaun to battle a banshee; the film benefits from one of the leprechauniest performances ever caught on screen.


 

"Snow in August" (2001)

“Snow in August” (2001)

2000s

LEPRECHAUN: IN THE HOOD (2000)
The leprechaun becomes an emissary of the devil in this cautionary tale about greed, Compton, and hip hop that’s the best in a not-very-good series.

SNOW IN AUGUST (2001)
A made-for-cable film that details the unlikely — and eventually mystical — friendship between an Irish-American boy and a quietly heartbroken rabbi.

LEPRECHAUN: BACK 2 THA HOOD (2003)
Warwick Davis’s final film in the Leprechaun series manages to be the most menacing and the silliest.

SHROOMS (2007)
A slasher film about American tourists eating psychedelic mushrooms in an Irish forest.

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (2008)
The second film in the Hellboy franchise looks at a war between Irish fairies and hapless humans, with a small team of supernatural investigators in the middle.

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD (2009)
One of the later of George Romero’s zombie pictures, this one telling of an American island filled with feuding Irishmen and a growing army of the dead.


 

"Red Clover" (2012)

“Red Clover” (2012)

2010 AND BEYOND

RED CLOVER (2012)
An rural Irish-American town has a deadly secret, which happens to be a malevolent leprechaun. It sounds like a reboot of “Leprechaun”; it’s actually a prequel to “Sharknado,” and is very nearly saved by Billy Zane’s performance.

LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS (2014)
A rebooting of the “Leprechaun” franchise that tries and fails to make the monster authentically Irish and genuinely frightening.