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Leprechaun In The Hood (2000)

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Leprechaun
> 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)
> Leprechaun Returns (2018)
Genres:
Creature Film, Horror, Horror Comedy
Director:
Rob Spera Rob Spera
Starring:
Warwick Davis Warwick Davis
Ice-T Ice-T
Anthony Montgomery Anthony Montgomery
Rashaan Nall Rashaan Nall
Red Grant Red Grant

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When Butch, Postmaster P, and Stray Bullet loot the local hip-hop mogul's studio to fund their demo album, the threesome unwittingly ends up with the secret of Mack Daddy's success: a magical flute. Their gigs instantly turn golden but a blood-thirsty Leprechaun and an angry Mack Daddy are hot on their trail, leaving a wake of destruction tainted by politically incorrect limericks. --TMDb
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Review by bluemeanie
Added: April 19, 2007
In the history of direct-to-video releases, there is one title that stands alone; one title that eclipses the others in a way never to again be re-captured; one title that evokes the drama and the intrigue of a franchise like no other, and a title that will go down in history as the most persuasively genuine titles to emerge in popular culture:

Leprechaun In the Hood

Having conquered New Orleans, Las Vegas, the annals of space and Jennifer Aniston, there is only one place that the Leprechaun could go that is more dangerous than all of those put together -- Compton, California. The following plot description is taken from IMDB, and I don't think I could do a better job of summing it up as well as this guy did: Three young rap artists are looking for a break. They need money to buy some music equipment so they can go to Las Vegas and enter a contest. They meet up with a local pimp named Mack Daddy who agrees to "hook them up", but later declines. The rappers want to get even with him so one night they break into Mack's place and steal a lot of his jewelry, gold, and even the medallion off an ugly looking statue. Shouldn't have done that! Because without the medallion, the state transforms into the Leprechaun, who goes on a killing spree once again looking for his missing gold, once again! And the song says it all, "there's nothin' scarier than a Lep' in the hood!" If that doesn't make you 'green with envy', I don't know what will.

What's so bizarre about the Leprechaun series is that they are, for the most part, intentionally bad. "Leprechaun In the Hood" is more comedy than horror. Warwick Davis is as over-the-top as ever as the Leprechaun, and his one claim to fame is a pretty good claim because -- believe it or not -- these films do VERY well on video, which is why they have been bypassing theatrical release for a while now. A "Leprechaun" film can hit video and make an automatic profit on a shoestring budget, and that's what studios love nowadays. This franchise has also become the cornerstone for Trimark Pictures, and it's just about the only film series left making the company any money. So, in that sense, the "Leprechaun" franchise has been a success, despite the absurdity of some of the sequels.

However, if you judge this film as a comedy, it is rather successful. They keep finding new ways to make the Leprechaun a formidable opponent and they keep finding creative ways for him to kill people -- this time, the people he's killing range from Coolio to Ice-T. And of course, they would be living in Compton. "Leprechaun" is about as racially P.C. as Don Imus, but that doesn't seem to matter because it's all done with a level of camp and comedy. We know what to expect from the Leprechaun. You're probably wondering why I've put so much thought into a film like "Leprechaun In the Hood". That's easy. I have always wanted to spend an inordinate amount of time describing and analyzing a film that most would consider atrocious. Wrong. This film accomplished what it set out to accomplish. Very few films can claim that feat. Very few. 7/10.
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Optimus Prime #1: Optimus Prime - added 01/29/2009, 08:03 PM
Definition of entertainment. 8/10.
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