The Leprechaun Movie Series


Leprechaun Pot of Gold Collection Cover. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

When I woke up on St. Patrick’s Day morning I turned on the television with the intention of setting the DVR to record the Leprechaun series that I was so sure the SyFy channel would be playing throughout the day like they’ve done in the past. Unfortunately for me instead of playing all 6 Leprechaun movies back to back like they should have they were playing Leprechaun’s Revenge a totally unrelated movie starring Billy Zane about 3 or 4 times in a row.

Anyway, since I felt robbed I decided I should share the magic that is the Leprechaun movies with my readers. The Leprechaun movies were a horror movie series that despite it’s cheesiness (or maybe because of) would go on to become a cult classic that spawned 5 sequels and a reboot from WWE Films and starring their own Leprechaun, Dylan Postl AKA Hornswoggle. The series is your typical ’90s B horror movie filled with the usual cliche of lame one liners and it starred Warwick Davis as the titular Leprechaun. For those who don’t know who he is, he is probably one of the most famous little people in show business after Peter Dinklage and Verne Troyer. I mean the dude played Wicket, the main Ewok in Return of the Jedi and the Endor spinoff movies and he also played Professor Flitwick and a goblin bank teller in the Harry Potter movies as well as  dwarf in the Narnia movies. But enough about Mr. Davis here is a breakdown of all 6 Leprechaun movies.

The movie that started it all and started it all and starred a pre-Friends (and pre-nose job) Jennifer Anniston. In this film a Mr. O’Grady returns home to his isolated farm and his wife after a trip to Ireland with the Leprechaun’s pot of gold. The Leprechaun not wanting to let this slide stows away in the dude’s luggage and murders the guy’s wife in his rampage to get his gold back. Luckily for Mr. O’Grady he manages to trap the Leprechaun in a crate with some help from a magic four-leaf clover. Unfortunately for Mr. O’Grady he has a stroke before he is able to burn the Leprechaun to death. Fast forward years later Jennifer Aniston and her Dad are making plans to move into Mr. O’Grady’s old farmhouse. Unfortunately due to one of the mentally handicapped painters they hired (who is played by that dude who played that creepy manchild/Pee-Wee Herman’s nemesis in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure). The Leprechaun continues his rampage for his gold only to be defeated when they manage to shoot a four-leaf clover down his throat with a slingshot and he falls down a well which they then blow up. Like I said this is the movie that started it all and it is filled with tons of one-liners as well as a interesting death scene that involves the Leprechaun pogosticking a guy to death. Anyway check out the trailer for this film below.

And while you’re at it check out the pogostick death scene here.

Leprechaun 2
In Leprechaun 2, the Leprechaun is on a quest to find a bride. He finds a chick but it’s complicated since the chick already has a boyfriend. Things are further complicated when the boyfriend steals one of the Leprechaun’s gold coins. If I remember right they defeat the Leprechaun by stabbing him with a piece of wrought iron which I guess is the Leprechaun’s main weakness? I dunno I mean this movie is filled with all the great lines you’d come to expect but it wasn’t really that great or memorable. Although you do get to see boobs in this one so there’s a plus.

Leprechaun 3
Leprechaun 3 starts out with the Leprechaun turned into a statue by a magic amulet. The guy who turned the Leprechaun into a statue wants nothing to do with him anymore so he sells him to a pawn shop in Las Vegas. Unfortunately for the pawn shop owner he removes the Leprechaun’s necklace which brings the Leprechaun back to life who then proceeds to kill the pawn shop owner for trying to steal his gold. Meanwhile on the other side of town, a dumbass kid pickups a wannabe magician and gives her a ride to work. However instead of doing the smart thing and continuing on his way when he’s done he decides to gamble away his college fund. Down on his luck the dumbass decides to pawn his watch at the same shop the Leprechaun is at. Dumbass ends up finding 1 of the Leprechaun’s gold coins which give magical luck which allow to win back his money and then some. At this point the Leprechaun finds out one of his coins is missing and goes on another murderous rampage killing people in interesting way such as hyperinflating this one chick’s tits and her ass and also by fooling a guy into electrocuting himself by boning a TV robot, oh and he also meets a Elvis impersonator. Things are further complicated in this movie because dumbass college kid ends up being slowly transformed into Leprechaun after he gets bitten by the Leprechaun and some of the Leprechaun’s blood gets mixed into the wound (yeah it doesn’t really make sense to me either). Anyway luckily for him they manage to defeat the Leprechaun by destroying his gold with a flame thrower and dumbass college kid ends up getting turned back to normal and hooking up with the chick from the beginning.

Leprechaun 4: In Space
Basically a mix of Alien and Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun 4: In Space sees the Leprechaun trying to hook up with a rich alien princess so he can get at her space-fortune. Unfortunately for the Leprechaun a team of space marines are trying to kill him. Anyway after most of the space marines are wiped out the Leprechaun is defeated by getting sucked out into space. Officially this movie is what made the series jump the shark. I mean it was cheesier than usual and it was loaded up with  crappy CGI and other lame special effects ’90s sci fi movies were known for. As a plus side it did have super MILF Debbe Dunning (the Tool Time Girl from Home Improvement) as one of the space marines.

Leprechaun in the Hood
Perhaps the only movie that doesn’t involve the Leprechaun going after people because of gold, Leprechaun in the Hood sees a trio of lame rappers trying to steal the Leprechaun’s magic flute because it has the power to hypnotize people and they want to use it to hypnotize people into thinking their actually good rappers. This movie costars Ice Cube as a rapper who is also after the Leprechaun’s flute because he plays a rap mogul who built his career on the magical flute, and features really cheesy scenes like the Leprechaun hypnotizing a bunch of strippers for his musical number.  Unfortunately I can’t find the trailer for this one on Youtube so as a consolation prize I’m giving you the clip of the Leprechaun’s musical number.

Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood
The finally installment in the Leprechaun series (before the reboot). This one sees a bunch of poor inner city kids finding the Leprechaun’s pot of gold and using it to buy whatever their heart’s desires only for the Leprechaun coming after them and killing everything in his way. This one does have some memorable scenes like the Leprechaun smoking a bong, it also has a great scene where the protagonist are trying to flee from the Leprechaun in a ’64 Impala only to find out the Leprechaun is stowing away underneath the car. Luckily for them the car is on hydraulics so they manage to shake him off by making the car bounce. In the end they end up burying the Leprechaun and his gold coins in a side walk by throwing him off a building into wet cement. All in all this is a poor note to end the series on and I only hope that Warwick Davis will dust off his green tights and Leprechaun makeup and crank out another Leprechaun film.


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