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Blast from the Past Movie Review – “Leprechaun” (1993)

March 18, 2012

‘Fuck you Lucky Charms!’ Best line in the entire that I’m about to review. Lets face facts, this was bound to happen that I would review this early 90’s schlock-fest that gave new meaning to the name Warwick Davis. After watching HBO’s new series, “Life’s Too Short”, rewatching this movie is a lot more gratifying all because Warwick Davis is such a pill in the role. Sad to see he was this commited at that time, but I’ll digress. In all seriousness, this is a bad movie; it isn’t scary by todays standards, it has cheesy jokes, and some harsh humor towards the mentally handicapp.

When Dan O’Grady (Shay Duffin) returns to the U.S. after stealing some Irish Leprechaun’s (Davis) pot of gold, he thinks he can settle down and enjoy his newfound wealth. He thought wrong. The leprechaun followed him and O’Grady barely gets away with his life, having locked the little monster in his basement. Ten years later, J.D. (John Sanderford) and his spoiled daughter Tory (Jennifer Aniston) move in. By accident, the leprechaun is released and almost immediately the annoying creature starts to look for his gold, not displaying any respect for human life, or even human decency to the audience watching this movie.

Its almost amazing that writer/director Mark Jones got this film made, but when you look back at this movies history it was a legitamte indie horror film. A dumb idea no doubt, made from a $900,000 budget, and finally grossing over $8 million in the states alone, is quite a success for 1993. So, it comes to no surprise that the Leprechaun would be the next Freddy, spitting out sequel after sequel, of course by the time he went to space I think it was safe to say the movie lost its charm, if it had any. The original film doesn’t have much of that, but it is a guilty pleasure to watch. Warwick really embraces his mischievous side in this film as the title character, which many people who’re familar with his name will recall as the Leprechaun over an Ewok or Professor Flitwick. Elephant in the room, yes this is Jennifer Aniston’s first movie, after all the success that beautiful woman has gone through it’s almost sad for her to say that she co-starred in B-Movie horror film about an annoying demonic leprechaun.

I will say this, the movie really rubbed me the wrong way with the character of Ozzie (Mark Holton, aka. Francis). Remember from “Tropic Thunder”, going ‘full retard’? Yeah, this was the original going full retard and its not a pretty sight to see. Thats a character that has bad taste written all over it, and it gets embarassing to watch every viewing, but lets face it, this isn’t the kind of movie you watch over and over again, unless you have extremely low standards for B-Horror. The one thing the movie does have going for it is the make-up work on the Leprechaun character. I remember having nightmares as a child all the time, that face is fucking scary as shit!

I’ll admit it, as bad as this movie is, it’s enjoyable to watch every St. Patty’s Day weekend, especially on the SyFy channel where they play all the films in the series back-to-back. But, there is only so much one can handle. And now the news has surfaced that a remake is in the works, produced by the WWE. God help us all.

GRADE: D+

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