Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)

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1 Overall Score
Story: 1/10
Acting: 1/10
Visuals: 1/10

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Poor follow-up sequel

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  Leprechaun:  Back 2 tha Hood

Studio:  Lionsgate Entertainment

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

Release Date(s):  December 30, 2003

MPAA Rating:  R

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The only way to enjoy the movie…

The Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) is back and looking for his gold.  The gold is the hands of a group of inner city friends who discovered it on a construction site and have decided to use it to make their dreams come true.  Unfortunately, the dreams are about to become a nightmare because the Leprechaun wants his gold and will stop at nothing to get it back!

Directed by Steven Ayromlooi, Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood is the sixth film in the Leprechaun franchise.  The movie is a follow-up to Leprechaun in the Hood from 2000 but has no related characters or plotlines.  The movie was released directly to DVD and panned by critics.

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Crazy stuff is always going down at the beauty shop!

The Leprechaun movies could generally be described as “bad”.  Leprechaun in the Hood had some genuinely entertaining moments and concepts (though still bad).  I had hope with Leprechaun:  Back 2 Tha Hood that these concepts would be expanded or at least revisited.  Neither really happened and this film just comes off as a bad blaxploitation movie.

Leprechaun in the Hood knew it was a bad movie and had fun with it by poking fun at other bad genres.  This movie feels a bit more like a throwback to the more horror based Leprechaun movies and as proven time and time again, the Leprechaun isn’t that scary.  The writing lends itself a lot to comedy but the jokes fall “short” by mostly playing off Davis being a little person.

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You don’t need a crystal ball to determine how this movie is going to be

The movie doesn’t have much star power and Davis is the “star”.  It does get into that strange uncomfortable “is he being used or is he using him” aspect of performances of actors like little people.  There aren’t many dwarf actors who have made a name for themselves like Davis, but does things like playing leprechauns reinforce bad stereotypes?  Davis’ BBC show Life is Short played around a bit with this idea but it does leave viewers here a bit uncomfortable since it isn’t reflexive and mostly ends up with jokes about him being short.

This also looks like one of the cheaper entries in the series.  The previous entry was intentionally cheap, but this movie is chock full of scenes of people riding motorcycles, etc. to fill out a rather flimsy plot.  The Leprechaun make-up maintains its quality, but the special effects and horror are lacking.

Leprechaun:  Back 2 tha Hood isn’t a good film and not a very good sequel to a so-so entry in a bad series.  The movie marked the end of the franchise (at least for Davis for now) until it was revived in 2014 with Leprechaun:  Origins starring Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl of the WWE in the title role.

Related Links:

Leprechaun (1993)

Leprechaun 2 (1994)

Leprechaun 4:  In Space (1997)

Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by

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