I have to admit I didn’t hold high hopes for Leprechaun at all. The premise looked stupid and the DVD cover looked really budget. I thought to myself “What the hell… It’s cheap. I may as well give it a shot” and you know what? I actually enjoyed it.
It kinda sits somewhere between a kids movie and a horror movie. I’d say far too gory for kids under 12 to watch (unless they’re really hardcore). If you can deal with the child like qualities of this film its a fun watch. Oh yeah it has a very young Jennifer Anniston as the star, who is very easy on the eyes. It was her first role I gather. 90’s mega-babes aside the Leprechaun himself looks pretty cool, with perpetual short guy Warwick Davis (from Willow) as the Leprechaun himself. Cute Irish accents abound in this wee feature, as well as liberal spatterings of Irish culture.
THE LEPRECHAUN PLOT
The plot revolves around Old Dan O’Grady who manages to capture a leprechaun and as a result is entitled to his pot of gold. He is then of course committed (lets face it who is going to believe his leprechaun stories). Years later the house is bought by Tory (Anniston) and her father. The local painter (one of whom Tory takes fancy to) and his off-sider, a slow witted Adult nicknamed Ozzy, and his much smarter child friend, Alex unwittingly become involved in a fight for their lives as the leprechaun returns hoping to find his gold. Which of course it turns out Ozzie and Alex have found and taken possession of.
VERDICT ON THE LEPRECHAUN
The horror levels for Leprechaun are quite respectable and enough to keep the horror fans entertained. The comedy aspects of the movie keep it quite watchable and light hearted. While it’s not an all time classic by any stretch, I’m just thankful it didn’t ruin Jennifer Annistons career before it started. To be sure. To be sure its worth watching. Even if only for a young Jennifer Anniston.
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