After this series, I promise, I’m going to try to pick films to review that I think might be halfway decent. To get to the funny-sounding “Leprechaun” movies – part 4 in space, 5 and 6 in tha hood, and let’s be honest they probably won’t be very good either – we completists must wade through three catastrophically misjudged “comedy” “horror” efforts, of which this is part 2. I promise to either be entertaining or short.
Okay, so despite being the same actor, the leprechaun is an entirely different character. A thousand years ago, he had a slave (someone who tried to steal his gold and failed) and decided to take a wife, as leprechaun law dictates. Sneeze three times without someone saying “god bless you”, and you’re the leprechaun’s for all eternity. Sucks, eh? So, he almost gets his woman, but the slave, who it turns out is the woman’s brother, saves her only to get brutally killed for his trouble. So far, so…good? I mean, it’s good to know people made lame-ass quips a thousand years ago, but the writing on these movies has been absolutely pitiful.
“1000 years later”, in modern LA. The leprechaun has made it to the US via a tree sent by the people of Killarney to Harry Houdini in the 1930s – don’t ask what he was doing in the intervening time, or indeed how he spent the last 60 years – and he’s ready for another try at the whole wife thing. Pretty much straight away, he sees the lovely-ish Bridget and falls in love, although she’s got a boyfriend, the sad-sack Cody, who works for his Uncle Morty (Sandy Baron, a veteran who also did a great turn in “Vamp”) doing a crappy tour of spots where famous people died. Cody accidentally takes a piece of the leprechaun’s gold, and then it’s shenanigans in remarkably similar fashion to the first movie, with Bridget mostly trapped inside the leprechaun’s tree-root house, and Cody getting terrorised inside his home, and a few other equally unappealing locations.
It’s really barely worth recapping. It completely ignores the first movie – our small friend is now completely susceptible to wrought iron, rather than four-leaf clovers; and instead of being cursed with leprechaun-ism, they’re now a separate race who can have children (although, if you can only “get married” once every thousand years, leprechaun babies must be an extremely rare occurrence). Logic is tossed merrily out of the window and every bit of entertainment is expected to be got from seeing Warwick Davis dance and quip about, and a surprisingly large amount of gore.
There’s little worse than a comedy that isn’t funny, and this is really not funny. Although it did get me to learn a little about leprechauns, and how they’re a relatively modern invention – the first use of the word in English was 1604, and the word can maybe be tracked a few hundred years further back in Irish (an 8th century water spirit seems to be the first creature to use a version of the word). They originally wore read and every modern version of them – including this movie – is based on racist and derogatory portrayals of the Irish in the late 19th century.
So now we’ve all learned a little something, this review wasn’t a waste. Unlike the 90 minutes it took me to watch it. Amazingly, director Rodman Flender also did “Idle Hands”, one of my favourite horror-comedies ever, before becoming a full-time TV guy – also the fate of the two writers, who’ve worked solidly on stuff like “The Vampire Diaries” for years. I wish one of them had used a few of those good ideas on this movie!
Rating: thumbs down
PS – oh, there is one good thing about this movie, and that’s the title right at the top of the page. For no reason that I can fathom other than the first movie was terrible, it was renamed “One Wedding And Lots Of Funerals” for its VHS release – surely the most entertaining thing about it.