Leprechaun (1993)

leprechaun-1993Director:

Mark Jones

Writer:

Mark Jones

Cast:

Warwick Davis – Leprechaun
Jennifer Aniston – Tory Reding
Ken Olandt – Nathan Murphy
Mark Holton – Ozzie
Robert Hy Gormab – Alex
Shay Duffin – Dan O’Grady
John Sanderford – J.D. Reding

 

With the new movie coming out from WWE studios, I thought that it would be fitting to take a look at the series which is responsible for such love from most horror communities. Now the series never sit the same levels of the Child’s play, Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th franchises they still became a corner stone because this film was meant to be amusing and gruesome at the same time. Come one, how could you not find a killer Leprechaun amusing?

We start out with a man who had actually gotten the gold from the leprechaun and brought it to the United States to life a wealthy life only to have his wife die at the little man’s hands. Now I wish the Leprechaun actually had an Irish name so I wouldn’t have to keep typing that out but I wasn’t so lucky. So we fast forward to a father and daughter that are going to be staying at the house in which held the trapped Leprechaun (because if he had gotten away there wouldn’t be much of a movie). This is how the rest of the cast is introduced because they are working on the house, a three man paint crew consisting of the love interest, a mentally slow man and a kid.

Now the cast is actually pretty good. It is really kind of crazy to see Jennifer Aniston so young in this. I’m not saying that she is ancient now but it was surprising for me. She was in some stuff before this film but the fact that this was the first time she was in a movie that wasn’t made for TV or a series is kind of a big deal. We also get to see the awesome Warwick Davis as the Leprechaun. It saddens me a little that he won’t be around for the series reboot, I can understand he is getting older but he was iconic to the whole franchise. I really can’t say that the rest of the cast live up to these two but they weren’t bad either.

The kills were something that made this movie a little weird. The Leprechaun used his clawed hands for a good amount of the attacks. There was not a huge amount of blood in this movie and the kills were rather tame and felt a little awkward, almost as if they were an afterthought. This is one of those movies would work great of an intro to horror films. That really isn’t a knock on this film either, not every movie needs to be splatterpunk.

The downsides come from the movie not being all that scary and not all that funny which is what the hook for the film was. The legacy this movie leaves behind however is a big one. It helped move the career forward of a Hollywood starlet, it makes a horror icon that goes on to make a bunch of sequels.

Yeah, I think you should check this one out. I thought it was fun, not funny, but fun.  If you want a simple movie that too “hardcore” then this is a great pick.

Grade C

Grade C

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