Leprechaun (1993)

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3.5 Overall Score
Story: 3/10
Acting: 4/10
Visuals: 3/10

Warwick Davis is the only redeeming part of the movie

Not funny enough to be a so-bad-it-is-good...more boring than anything

Movie Info

Movie Name: Leprechaun

Studio: Trimark Pictures

Genre(s): Horror/Comedy/B-Movie

Release Date(s): January 8, 1993

MPAA Rating: R


I want me lucky charms…I mean gold!

An evil has been unleashed on a country home.  When the leprechaun (Warwick Davis) comes searching for his pot of gold, the new renters are the ones who are caught in the middle.  Tory Reding (Jennifer Aniston) and the three painters hired by her father Nathan Murphy (Ken Olandt), Alex Murphy (Robert Gorman), and their mentally challenged friend Ozzie (Mark Holton) face off against the evil spirit that will stop at nothing to gets its gold back.

Directed by Mark Jones, Leprechaun became a cult hit despite the critics ravaging it.  The movie was followed by multiple sequels and as the first film of Jennifer Aniston found even more viewers after Friends took to the air.


Get ’em leprechaun!

The movie is pretty dumb…no question about it.  The reason could be that it was initially intended to be a young-adult picture with the leprechaun trying to gets its gold in a less violent manner.  I’m sure that they planned for the leprechaun to be evil in both versions, but that could explain why the movie is trapped in this weird limbo between comedy and horror movie that isn’t like other comedy horror films…It is just kind of weird.  It is kind of like watching the Three Stooges and Benny Hill mixed together and trying to kill everyone.

Warwick Davis at least does his best to make the bad script his own and has fun with the leprechaun role.  His evil leer and cackling really make the character.  It doesn’t always work when the movie goes slapstick, and I don’t care how indestructible the leprechaun is, it seemed like they did fine just beating on him for a while Nathan was caught in the trap…I just don’t find him threatening.  He’s laughable, but not threatening.


Look out Ross, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, and Monica…Rachel is starring in A Friend with a Shotgun!

The rest of the cast including Aniston doesn’t do a very good job.  He might have been bad, but I always love seeing Pee-Wee’s nemesis Francis (Mark Holton) show up in movies.  It is even harder to watch Leprechaun in a post-Friends world because all I can see is Rachel when Aniston is on the screen.

Other than the actual make-up on the leprechaun the movie looks incredibly cheap.  The sets look cheap and it sure doesn’t look like the cast left California to shoot the movie which is supposed to be set up north.

Leprechaun is one of those great movies to get together with friends, watch, and make fun of.  The movie is pretty aware that it is bad, but it doesn’t cross over into the so-bad-it-is-good realm, though it does get close.  Leprechaun 2 was released in 1994 and took the humor farther by calling itself Leprechaun 2:  One Wedding and a Lot of Funerals…setting the stage for future sequel classics like Leprechaun in Space and Leprechaun in the Hood.

Related Links:

Leprechaun 2 (1994)

Leprechaun 3 (1995)

Leprechaun 4:  In Space (1997)

Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)

Leprechaun:  Back 2 tha Hood (2003)

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