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1. Leprechaun (1993)
2. Leprechaun 2 (1994)
3. Leprechaun 3 (1995)
4. Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)
5. Leprechaun: In the Hood (2000)
6. Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)

About These Films:  Each movie in the "Leprechaun" film series is a stand-alone film.  That means there is no continuity from film to film, and nothing much in common besides the fact that an evil Leprechaun terrorizes the human populace.  There are advantages and disadvantages to a film series such as this one.  For instance, if you don't like a certain film in the series, you can completely ignore it and it won't taint your enjoyment of the other "Leprechaun" films.  That's smart.  The bad thing about not having continuity is that it leaves many viewers unsatisfied.  People want to see their favorite supporting characters return, or at least hear them referenced in other films.

    Although it's not made clear, we can only assume the Leprechaun monster in each film is a different Leprechaun, but they all look alike.  Warwick Davis, as the Leprechaun, is the only actor to appear in all six movies.  I think it would have been neat to see multiple Leprechauns in one film, either joining evil forces or battling it out.

    What makes this film series is the humor.  If it was just horror action it wouldn't be much fun.  "Leprechaun" movies should never be too serious.  The mythical Leprechaun characters from legend were never meant to be serious in the first place.  It just works.  When I saw the first "Leprechaun" film I thought it was funny, bizarre, but overall fun to watch.  You can get some laughs out of it, amidst the violence and the truly ugly antagonist.  That's basically how every "Leprechaun" movie plays out.  If it was too over-the-top, then it would just be idiotic.  The "Leprechaun" movies has a pretty good balance save for the fourth film which was just plain bad.

1. Leprechaun (1993)-  I still think this is the best one in the series.  Of all the "Leprechaun" movies, this is the closest to being of mainstream quality.  Also, I like that this movie didn't have so much gory violence, save for a few choice parts.  The violence in all successive "Leprechaun" movies (with the exception of 4) was way more graphic than it needed to be.  This movie was more about making the Leprechaun creepy and goofy than it was trying to gross us out.

    For a horror movie, this first entry still had some heart.  There are some enjoyable lighter moments.  The other "Leprechaun" films do not have this except for 3, which has a romance between the male and female leads.


Jennifer Aniston as Tory
Mark Holton as Ozzie

Fun Facts:
Leprechaun's Motivation:

Kill List:
  1. Mrs. O'Grady- Leprechaun scares her into falling down the basement steps and she breaks her neck.
  2. Shop Owner (Pawn Shop Guy)- Pogo-sticked to death.
  3. Deputy Tripet- Leprechaun snaps his neck.
  4. Dan O'Grady- Beaten to death by the Leprechaun.
  5. Leprechaun- 4-leaf clover, shot into his mouth, disintegrates him.

2. Leprechaun 2 (1994)-  I'm a little disappointed this didn't continue the story from "Leprechaun", but I was still pleased with the movie.  I do think it was misleading to call this "Leprechaun 2" when another title would have been more appropriate.  The films continued the numbering sequence through "Leprechaun 4: In Space" (1997).

    I believe this movie didn't take in theaters because it didn't continue the story from "Leprechaun".  We wanted to see how the Leprechaun returned.  Instead, we got a totally unrelated story.  This movie was the start of the fine tradition of "Leprechaun" movies that had absolutely nothing to do with each other.  There is no continuity from film to film.

    My favorite part of the film is the Leprechaun go-cart scene.  There's just something so funny about that, even though it's a wicked go-cart-of-death.  The idea was borrowed and retweaked from the first film.


Warwick Davis as Leprechaun

Fun Facts:

Leprechaun's Motivation:
Kill List:
  1. Michael- Neck snapped by Leprechaun through telekinesis.
  2. Ian- Puts face into lawnmower blades.
  3. Espresso Bar Waiter- Face is burned off with steam.
  4. Morty- Leprechaun's pot of gold materializes in his stomach.
  5. Security Officer- Run over by Leprechaun's go-cart.
  6. Leprechaun- Wrought-iron rod is driven through Leprechaun's chest and he explodes.

3. Leprechaun 3 (1995)-  This movie's awesome!  It's one of the best in the series.  The Leprechaun is in Las Vegas.  Nuff said.  A college student named Scott has come to Las Vegas to check out the sights.  He happens to get caught up in the Leprechaun problem, who is simply looking for his missing coin and killing everyone in his way.  Scott and a beautiful magician's assistant named Tammy pair up to stop the Leprechaun.

    I think the story is clever.  It's funny without being too over-the-top, and pretty well-acted.  Tammy's hot!  This was Lee Armstrong's second and last role.  She really didn't give herself enough of a chance in show business.  I think she looks fine, and she's a good actress.  It would have been great to see her in other roles.


Warwick Davis as Leprechaun
Lee Armstrong as Tammy

Fun Facts:

Leprechaun's Motivation:
Kill List:
  1. Pawn Shop Owner- Strangled by the Leprechaun.
  2. Mitch- Electrocuted by the Leprechaun.
  3. Gangster- Beaten.
  4. Thug- Beaten.
  5. Loretta- Exploded by the Leprechaun.
  6. Morgue Worker- Stabbed.
  7. Fazio- Cut in half.
  8. Leprechaun- When gold is burned, the Leprechaun burns with it.

4. Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)-  This movie starts out bad and...pretty much stays that way.  "Leprechaun 4: In Space" is the worst in the series!  I don't recommend it.  It's way too over-the-top.  This movie has taken a lot of heat from viewers for being "too farfetched".  The "Leprechaun" movies are wild and silly enough, but putting him in a sci-fi setting was not the best move.  No one bothers to explain what a Leprechaun is doing in space, anyway.

    The sets are really cheesy and the special effects are plain ol' bad.  There is a great amount of violence, but it all looks fake.  This movie should have been PG-13 rather than R.  At least the violence in the other "Leprechaun" films looks more realistic.  Even the acting is sub-par.  I think a lot of Jessica Collins, Debbe Dunning, and Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. as actors, but they weren't given a lot to work with.  Debbe Dunning, by the way, looks AWESOME!  Warwick Davis is good enough as the Leprechaun, but he really didn't do or say anything too clever like in the other movies.

    I think the goal of the filmmakers was to toss in every schlocky sci-fi plot device into this movie with the Leprechaun thrown in for good measure.  This is like "Leprechaun" meets "Alien".  That, by itself, is not such a bad thing, but they made the humor really retarded and the script for the story is not exactly cutting-edge intelligent.  I was disappointed when I saw this movie, and I've never been disappointed after watching a "Leprechaun" movie before or since.

    Debbe Dunning is a highlight, but her character gets killed!  Dang!  I did like the part near the end when the Leprechaun was transformed into a giant.  That was a cool idea.  They should try that in another film.  But the suckiest part of the story is that the princess, the instigator of all this trouble, doesn't get killed.


Warwick Davis as Leprechaun
Brent Jasmer as Boots
Jessica Collins as Dr. Tina Reeves
Rebekah Carlton as Princess
Debbe Dunning as Delores
Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. as Sticks
Guy Siner as Mittenhand

Fun Facts:
Leprechaun's Motivation:

Kill List:
  1. Lucky- Light-sabered by the Leprechaun.
  2. Leprechaun- Blown to slop by a grenade.
  3. Kowalski- Leprechaun rematerializes from his groin.
  4. Mooch- His protective spacesuit is cut by the Leprechaun and his body disintegrates down to the bone.
  5. Danny- Leprechaun drops a heavy metal object on him.
  6. Leprechaun- Is shot to slop by Delores.
  7. Delores- Falls to her death from a catwalk after being thrown off by the Leprechaun.
  8. Harold- First stabbed in the groin by Leprechaun.  His head is then flattened by a steel tray.
  9. Sarge (Metal Head)- He is hypnotized by Leprechaun into being evil and is then electrocuted by his own stupidity when he fights the survivors.
  10. Mittenhand- After being turned into a mutant scorpion-spider by the Leprechaun, he is frozen before being shot to pieces by Dr. Tina Reeves.
  11. Leprechaun- In giant form, he is sucked out of cargo bay into space.  His body then explodes.

5. Leprechaun: In the Hood (2000)-  When I first heard about this movie, I thought it was SO going to suck.  A Leprechaun, in the inner city, surrounded by a predominately black cast with a hip-hop backdrop?  No way was that going to be good!  And I thought, at first, that it was just a shameful way to pander to black audiences.  I was wrong.  I actually watched this and was entertained.  The whole idea of the "Leprechaun" series is to put him in new settings and see what happens.  "The hood" is a very realistic setting (far more realistic than what we saw in "Leprechaun 4: In Space") and something everyone can "get".

    "Leprechaun: In the Hood" is probably the most realistic of any of the "Leprechaun" films.  I also liked that they didn't call this movie "Leprechaun 5".  It was never accurate for them to use a numbering system in the titles, anyway.  I'm not at all into rap or hip-hop, but I love a good story.  There is also some good acting in this movie, and a lot of neat ideas.  Take it from a skeptic, this is a fun movie to watch.

"Leprechaun: In the Hood" Gallery


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Leprechaun's Motivation:

6. Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood-  I was a bit surprised that the Leprechaun was in "the hood" again.  They just did this!  What really bothers me is that, if they had to go back to "the hood", why didn't they continue the story from the previous film?  Like all "Leprechaun" films, this movie has no relationship to the rest of the series.


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