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
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.
(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. Cast:
Jennifer Aniston as Tory
Mark Holton as Ozzie
In this film, we see the Leprechaun has hair on
the top of his head when his hat falls off. In the next film, we
see that he is bald-headed.
The Leprechaun says he is 600 years old to the
ill-fated Deputy Tripet. In the next film, we know for a fact the
Leprechaun has to be much older than 1,000 years.
The Leprechaun says he is a shoemaker in this
movie, and he is a compulsive shoe shiner. He did not have these
quirks in any of the later films.
In this film, four-leaf clovers can kill the
Leprechaun. This weakness was not used in any of the later films.
The Leprechaun go-cart scene (kiddie car pickup)
was retweaked for the next film.
The Lucky Clovers cereal box Leprechaun finds in
the cupboard is a spoof of the popular Lucky Charms cereal.
In this first movie, he's simply chasing after
his bag of gold. He needs all 100 coins to have all his magic
power. Since he is without any gold for much of the movie, his
magic is considerably weak but he can still do small tricks. The
viciousness of the Leprechaun is his greatest strength in this film.
Mrs. O'Grady- Leprechaun scares her into falling
down the basement steps and she breaks her neck.
Shop Owner (Pawn Shop Guy)- Pogo-sticked to death.
Deputy Tripet- Leprechaun snaps his neck.
Dan O'Grady- Beaten to death by the Leprechaun.
Leprechaun- 4-leaf clover, shot into his mouth,
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. Cast:
Warwick Davis as Leprechaun
We see the Leprechaun is bald-headed for the
first time in this film. In the previous film, he did have some hair on
the top of his head.
We see the Leprechaun's lair in full detail for
the first time.
We find out that wrought-iron can kill the
Leprechaun. The four-leaf clover plot device from the previous
film is completely ignored.
In this movie, having the Leprechaun's gold can
protect you from the Leprechaun.
In this movie, we know the Leprechaun is well
over 1,000 years old. In the first movie, he says he is 600 years
The Leprechaun wants the descendant of a woman he
desired 1,000 years before for his bride. He likes his gold, but
unlike the previous film he has a pot filled with all kinds of gold
things including jewelry. He loses one of his coins to our hero,
Cody, and tries desperately to retrieve it.
Michael- Neck snapped by Leprechaun through
Ian- Puts face into lawnmower blades.
Espresso Bar Waiter- Face is burned off with
Morty- Leprechaun's pot of gold materializes in
Security Officer- Run over by Leprechaun's
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
The necklace that turns Leprechaun into a statue
is also seen and used in the same way in the fifth film, "Leprechaun:
In the Hood" (2000). This is really the only connection between
any of the "Leprechaun" films besides Warwick Davis as the Leprechaun
In this movie, we learn that destroying the
Leprechaun's gold is the only way to destroy the Leprechaun. The
four-leaf clover and wrought-iron weaknesses from the first two films
is completely ignored.
Leprechaun is missing one gold coin, out of 100,
and wreaking havoc all over Las Vegas to retrieve it. This is
almost in line with the first movie, except Leprechaun carried his gold
in a bag in the first film. In this movie, he had a pot.
Pawn Shop Owner- Strangled by the Leprechaun.
Mitch- Electrocuted by the Leprechaun.
Loretta- Exploded by the Leprechaun.
Morgue Worker- Stabbed.
Fazio- Cut in half.
Leprechaun- When gold is burned, the Leprechaun
burns with it.
4. Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)-
"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
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
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
In this movie, the Leprechaun has the power to
Near the end of this movie, we see Leprechaun
transformed into a giant.
This is the first and only movie in the series in
which the Leprechaun does not rhyme.
In this entry, Leprechaun's motivation is simply
to marry the princess and become a king. His interest in the
princess is simply sex and power. The whole thing about him
getting his gold back isn't even touched on until the end of the film.
Lucky- Light-sabered by the Leprechaun.
Leprechaun- Blown to slop by a grenade.
Kowalski- Leprechaun rematerializes from his
Mooch- His protective spacesuit is cut by the
Leprechaun and his body disintegrates down to the bone.
Danny- Leprechaun drops a heavy metal object on
Leprechaun- Is shot to slop by Delores.
Delores- Falls to her death from a catwalk after
being thrown off by the Leprechaun.
Harold- First stabbed in the groin by
Leprechaun. His head is then flattened by a steel tray.
Sarge (Metal Head)- He is hypnotized by
Leprechaun into being evil and is then electrocuted by his own
stupidity when he fights the survivors.
Mittenhand- After being turned into a mutant
scorpion-spider by the Leprechaun, he is frozen before being shot to
pieces by Dr. Tina Reeves.
Leprechaun- In giant form, he is sucked out of
cargo bay into space. His body then explodes.
5. Leprechaun: In the Hood (2000)-
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.
This is the first movie in the series in which
the Leprechaun does not die.
In this film, the Leprechaun is after his magic
flute. The only thing that can stop him in this movie
is a gold necklace which, once put around the Leprechaun's neck,
transforms him into a statue. It is the same plot device (and
prop) used in "Leprechaun 3" and the only true connection between the
films except Warwick Davis as the Leprechaun himself.
6. Leprechaun: Back 2 tha 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.