Ireland’s rich history has spawned an expansive mythology, inspiring both THE HALLOW (2015) and LEPRECHAUN (1993). Devin, David, and Rob want to know how these films incorporate their fairy tale origins: Aren’t these stories meant for children? Or was there always something dark and terrifying lurking behind the magic?
We discuss how director Corin Hardy uses fairies and changelings as a parallel for British imperialism and nature’s battle against technology in his indie starring Joseph Mawle and Bojana Novakovic,. Then we come back to the United States, and dig into how Americans appropriated the image of the leprechaun and the immigrant, culminating in the campy 90s slasher, directed by Mark Jones and starring Warwick Davis and Jennifer Aniston (in her acting debut!)
Up next: THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951), THE THING (1982), and THE THING (2011)
“Celtic Mythology – An Introduction to the Tuatha Dé Danann,” by Tomás Ó hAodha
“Where Did the U.S. Find Its Leprechaun?” by John O’Brien
“Changelings,” by D.L. Ashliman
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Theme by Adaam James Levin Areddy. Cover art by Omri Kadim. Music featured in this episode: The House by Vivek Abhishek, Cicada by Vivek Abhishek, Come Play with Me by Kevin MacLeod, and Time Flute’s Place by Komiku (Music promoted by Chosic). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.