Leprechaun was released in 1993. (same year Jurassic Park came out and also the year I was born) It earned negative reviews from critics and movie goers alike. Despite being panned, Leprechaun spawned sequels ranging from 1997-2003. A 2018 reboot titled, “Leprechaun: Origins” reveals the character’s backstory. Plus Warwick Davis didn’t reprise his role.
This review contains SPOILERS. If you have not seen Leprechaun, read at your own risk.
Lucky & Unlucky Elements
Lucky: Warwick Davis did a decent job for his performance as the titular character. You can tell Warwick is having a good time on set.
Jennifer Aniston did an ok job for her performance. This is her first starring role prior to “Friends.” It’s a shame she trashed Marvel movies believing they’re destroying cinema. Jennifer claims she wants to go back to the Meg Ryan era. She is out of her gosh darn mind. Jennifer used to be nice. If I have to meet her in person, I demand an apology from her.
Mark Holton (Francis from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure) did a good job for his performance.
Prosthetic Makeup was applied to transform Warwick into Leprechaun.
Kevin Kiner (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels, Doom Patrol) composed music for the movie.
My favorite line is “F**k you lucky charms!” I also agree with Doug Walker/Nostalgia Critic’s point as one of the best pre-kill lines. Don’t forget to check out Nostalgia Critic’s review of Leprechaun.
Cinematography didn’t have any camera problems.
The movie did a jab at a generic brand of Lucky Charms when Leprechaun eats a box of Lucky Clovers, he spits them out. I feel his pain when I tried a Dollar Store version of Root Beer.
Unlucky: I’m gonna be brutally honest. I never felt terrified by Leprechaun’s presence. I didn’t freak out. He lacks building up a scene to lure one victim into a trap.
Mark Jones, creator of the Leprechaun franchise, did a horrendous job writing & directing.
None of the characters (except for Ozzie & Alex) were interesting. I never cared about them.
When the group first encounters Leprechaun, Alex hits him with a rock softly. It didn’t feel brutal. Jackie Chan getting his butt whooped performing his own stunts felt painful than this piece of cow crud!
A Plot Hole involving Leprechaun who managed to survive for a decade without food or water when a four leaf clover reduces his powers while trapped in a crate. It’s like Superman trapped in a coffin made of Kryptonite. Doesn’t make sense when it comes to a hero or villain’s weakness. I’m Doubling Down this flaw for breaking my Suspension Of Disbelief.
Unnecessary Cheap Scares were often used. Geez I hate this tiresome cliche. Again, none of Leprechaun’s scare tactics never got me jumping on the edge of my seat.
One of Leprechaun’s weaknesses is shining shoes. Since when does he have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? (OCD for short) What’s next a fear of antique furniture? I’m not joking about antique furniture as a phobia, Billy Bob Thornton has an actual fear of antique furniture. Look up his interview with Oprah.
Hate to break it to ya Leprechaun fans, this was painfully predictable from beginning, middle & end.
When Ozzie bites a gold coin to make sure if it’s real, we cut to Alex looking at him. We cut back to Ozzie who “accidentally ate a coin.” Who the heck accidentally eats a coin while taking one bite at a coin?
Despite disintegrating from the four leaf clover and being blown to smithereens with gasoline, Leprechaun survives when he delivers a voiceover, making an oath not to let anybody get near his gold coins. Sequel Bait in a nutshell.
The Final Verdict: F, FOR FAKER!
Leprechaun is one of the worst horror movies to exist on the planet. Mark Jones must be out of his damn mind making one sequel to another. Do not! I repeat, do not waste your time on any of the Leprechaun movies. If you want to watch a good horror movie, I highly recommend good ones like Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” “A Nightmare On Elm Street 1984,” “John Carpenter’s The Thing,” “Halloween 1978,” “It: Chapters 1-2,” “David Cronenberg’s” “The Fly,” “Zack Snyder’s Dawn Of The Dead” or anything superior.