With prices for cinema tickets now reaching ridiculous heights it’s not often I will treat myself to a new release unless it’s something I simply cannot wait for. Instead, I’m happy to content myself with a cheap DVD or a film on TV which may have slipped through my critical net and, believe me, there have been far too many. Whether the films featured here are recent or old I’ll still be providing my honest opinion on them and, with the benefit of hindsight in many cases, may offer a slightly different take to contemporary reviewers.
Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)
I remember watching the original Leprechaun (1993) and although it wasn’t the best horror film I had ever seen it was more than worth a look, particularly with Warwick Davis in the lead role. Prior to beginning my blog I had only seen the first two films in the Leprechaun series and having now witnessed a further three, including this one, I have to say standards have slipped since the first instalment. Leprechaun in the Hood which also stars Ice T didn’t fill me confidence but my destiny is to review films however good or bad so I grabbed my pot of gold and four leaf clover and prepared for the fifth entry in the Leprechaun series.
The film opens with Mac Daddy (Ice T) and his unfortunate friend breaking through a wall and finding a pot of gold and a statue of a leprechaun wearing a gold necklace in an abandoned room. When Mac Daddy’s friend removes the necklace the leprechaun (Warwick Davis) is restored to life and quickly kills him only to be turned to stone once again by Mac Daddy. 20 years later in Los Angeles Mac Daddy is a renowned record producer and rap artist and possesses the statue of the leprechaun as a trophy along with the pot of gold including a magic flute that when played has the ability to alter the minds of those that hear it. When three budding rap artists Postmaster P (Anthony Montgomery), Stray Bullet (Rashaan Nall) and Butch (Redd Grant) are denied a record deal by Mac Daddy they steal the gold including the magic flute and, foolishly, the necklace on the leprechaun which releases him. As the trio of friends use their ill-gotten gains to rise to prominence they have both Mac Daddy and the leprechaun in pursuit.
The Leprechaun films have seen the little chap with his pot of gold in many locations, including Las Vegas and in deep space, so putting him among rap artists probably shouldn’t have surprised me too much. Entering this musical world the leprechaun smokes pot in between killing rappers, a transvestite and a fellow pot smoker. He even partakes of a bit of rap at the end which is the film’s undoubted highlight it’s just a shame you have to wait till the final credits. Warwick Davis seems to be enjoying himself as the leprechaun and he still raises a smile what with his rhyming sentences and manic laughter but even he isn’t enough to help this film.
The rest of Leprechaun in the Hood is pretty sub-standard with the leprechaun collecting gold from unsuspecting victims for his collection while maintaining a pursuit of the three rappers who have a lot of power with the magic flute which when played stops anyone from speaking for a moment and focuses their attention on the music. While in this state the owner of the flute is able to win over these transfixed victims, something the three rappers begin using to great effect, especially when they’re in a church and asked to sing. Their initial rap goes down badly with the congregation who proceed to leave but when Postmaster P plays the flute everyone is seated and the three rappers sing the same song but get a positive reaction this time.
Of the three rappers Postmaster P stands out and it’s inevitable that he will live to the end of the film where he decides a spot of transvestism is the best way of tricking the leprechaun. I haven’t the energy to elaborate on this! Ice T is also around for the final exchanges and it’s a guessing game about who will prevail. Given the leprechaun’s bloodthirsty nature the ending is very surprising and a tad silly I must say. With the leprechaun having a go at a spot of rap after the film is over you may smile as I did but when the credits roll you’ll be left thinking what have I just done with 90 minutes of my life? The sequels to the Leprechaun have been steadily worse as they have gone on. This one is an improvement on Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997) but given how awful that one was it’s not an achievement to be boasting about.
I understand there’s a sixth feature in the Leprechaun series Back to tha Hood (2003) but considering how poor this film was it’s not one I’ll be rushing to watch though I expect it will inevitably appear on this blog. If you haven’t seen any of the Leprechaun films then stick with the first one which features Jennifer Aniston in an early role. If you have seen the first four in this series then you might as well suffer this one.
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