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Leprechaun (1993)

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Movie Connections:
> Leprechaun (1993)
> Leprechaun 2 (1994)
> Leprechaun 3 (1995)
> Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)
> Leprechaun In The Hood (2000)
> Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood (2003)
> Leprechaun: Origins (2014)
Creature Film, Horror
Mark Jones Mark Jones
Warwick Davis Warwick Davis
Jennifer Aniston Jennifer Aniston
Ken Olandt Ken Olandt
Mark Holton Mark Holton
Robert Hy Gorman Robert Hy Gorman
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Review by Chad
Added: March 15, 2007
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than to break out this infamous little movie about a killer leprechaun? Well, I suppose getting shitfaced drunk would be better, but I don't think that you viewers would care to read about my drunken exploits or the hours of puking, so we'll just stick with the movie for now.

It all begins back in the eighties, when an Irish gentleman (Shay Duffin) comes home and reveals to his wife that he's found a pot of gold and that they're now officially rich. He goes on to explain that he caught a leprechaun and forced him to reveal the location of his gold, but she doesn't buy his story. She starts to believe when the little man in green (Warwick Davis) arrives and pushes her down a flight of steps, but her husband shows up just in time to lock the little bastard inside a crate and top it off with a four-leaf clover (which prevents the monster from escaping the box). However, the man has a stroke before he can actually kill it, and as such, this leprechaun is trapped inside the box.

Ten years later, a man (John Sanderford) and his daughter Tory (Jennifer Aniston) decide to move into the house, and wouldn't you know it: the leprechaun is still trapped in that box down in the basement. When a trio of painters - Nathan (Ken Olandt), Alex (Robert Gorman), and Ozzie (Mark Holton) - show up to help paint and clean up the house, it's only a matter of time before the box is opened. Now that he's free, this shoe-shining midget wants his gold back, and he'll kill anyone that gets in his way or tries to hide it from him.

Let's face it: any movie that has a leprechaun as the main villain and which features "weapons" such as four-leaf clovers and shoes (leprechauns have to shine any shoes that they see) isn't going to win any awards or top out any (favorable) top-ten lists. Therefore, you should know what you're getting into before picking this up, but if a night of cheesy horror is something that you're in the market for, you could certainly do much worse than this little gem.

Watching this movie as a horror that is designed to scare and shock the audience would be sort of like watching Barney during a masturbation session: sure, it might work for some, but the vast majority of viewers would be better served by something else. However, that's not to say that it's a complete waste of time: as far as cheesy movies go, this one ranks pretty high up there. You've got the laughable villain, plenty of bloodshed as a result of humorous kills, and of course, the obligatory Lucky Charms references. Viewers are also "treated" to Jennifer Aniston's debut film, and that alone is worth points just to see how far she's come over the last decade and a half (here's a hint: I really don't see how she scored any more film roles after starring in this).

Overall, it's an enjoyable if not overly-great film, and if you're not planning on going out and getting drunk this weekend, you could do worse than sitting down with a copy of this. Better yet, why not get drunk and then watch this little bastard wreak havoc - you might actually enjoy it more. 7/10.
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bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 03/16/2007, 10:26 AM
From Jennifer Aniston's early acting abilities, to Warwick Davis' over-the-top zeal, to that horrible song "Four Leaf Clover" that was written especially for this film. Remember the good old days of Trimark? I miss that company. They were responsible for some truly memorable horror films, this being one of them most certainly. Say what you will -- "Leprechaun" had everything going for it. 8/10.
Tristan #2: Tristan - added 04/08/2007, 08:19 PM
I was about 8 when I watched this. I didn't find it scary in the least. Watching it now, I can't believe it was so popular. Absolutely awful. 3/10
Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg #3: Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg - added 04/19/2007, 08:51 AM
The leprechaun's cheap wit and humor reel me in every time; I always get a kick out of watching this one. As for the sequels, well, the whole franchise is really just one big joke, isn't it?
Crispy #4: Crispy - added 12/29/2007, 04:25 AM
Honestly, it felt like the horror/comedy ratio wasn't balanced enough to really make it shine in my opinion, but even so, with perks like death by a pogo stick and Jennifer's legs sprucing it up, it's not horrible by any means. About a 6/10 for me.
Optimus Prime #5: Optimus Prime - added 01/29/2009, 08:02 PM
Loved it. One of the first horror movies I saw as a kid that I remember. 8/10 just for nostalgia.
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