[Movie Review] Leprechaun 2

Leprechaun 2 Starring: Warwick Davis, Charlie Heath, Shevonne Durkin, Sandy Baron
Director: Rodman Flender
Genre: Horror
Cert: 18
Released: 1994

The leprechaun is back, and this time he’s in the city! And he’s also looking for a bride. It’s St Patricks Day, and a thousand years after the leprechaun vowed to marry the most beautiful descendant of a slave who deceived him. Unfortunately for Bridget (Durkin – “Ghost in the Machine”, “Rage and Honour”), it’s her. Standing in the leprechauns way is her boyfriend, Charlie (Heath – “The Beverley Hillbillies”) and his drunken friend and business partner, Morty (Baron – “The Grifters”, “Sid and Nancy”, “Birdy”). With a new collection of original limericks and even more ingenious ways of decapitating humans, the leprechaun sets about getting his bride (making her sneeze three times) and killing anyone he can. Evil little bugger.

If you suffered the first movie, you will be mildly relieved to hear that this is marginally better. But I emphasise the word “marginal” – it’s still utterly awful. Warwick Davis reprises his role as the little Irish killer, and apart from a few new powers being displayed, it’s just business as usual. There are a few hilarious scenes – the murder of Bridget’s friend, pulling a yuppies finger clean off his hand to get at his gold ring, getting drunk in a bar and correcting himself when he mis-pronounces the word ‘leprechaun’, and roaring around in his little leprechaun-cart. The script is certailny a little more inventive than the original (Turi Meyer has taken over writing credits from oringal writer-director, Mark Jones), but it’s not groundbreaking stuff.

The performances are pretty uninsipiring, save for Sandy Baron’s crafty drunk and of course Warwick Davis’ amusing moments as a killer leprechaun. The rest of it is tosh, and unless you’ve got friends and beer, this is still hard to watch.

Oh and it is subtitled ‘One Wedding and Lots of Funerals’.


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