3. Leprechaun (1993)
The leprechauns of Irish folklore are said to be mischievous little men who busy themselves with shoe-making and hiding pots of gold at the end of rainbows.
So when you consider that these cheeky little Irish chappies were used as the basis for 1993 horror comedy Leprechaun, it’s not difficult to see how some artistic license might have been taken with the legend.
Believing that the O’Gradys have stolen his pot of gold, the titular leprechaun sets about hunting the family one by one as they attempt to recover the gold in order to assuage the vengeful creature. Despite poor box office performance and critical panning, Leprechaun spawned six sequels and a reboot, and is something of a cult hit.
Still, while the movie’s take on leprechauns might have been a little misguided, at least the anti-theft message is a good one.