Welcome back to 1 out of 5 – Would Recommend, where we’re celebrating Halloween all month! This week, we’re watching the fifth entry in an…existing horror franchise, 2000’s Leprechaun in the Hood!
What’s The Plot?’
A murderous leprechaun is accidentally freed in modern day Compton and kills his way through the ‘hood trying to get back his magical golden flute from a group of hapless wannabe rappers. Our heroes are also chased by a crooked hip-hop producer, who has used the flute’s power to become rich and powerful and wants it back too.
Who Made This Beautiful Garbage?
Once more, we care most about the star of the flick: Warwick Davis. I promise you that you’ve seen the guy’s work even if you’ve never seen a Leprechaun movie: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi AND Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the Ewok TV movies, Willow, all eight Harry Potter movies, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie, a guest shot on Doctor Who, and more fantasy roles than you can shake a stick at. The guy’s nerd royalty, and even in a movie like this you can tell he’s enjoying the work.
Just one more note on the making of: this movie is the sequel to Leprechaun 4: In Space. How does this franchise top their monster battling aliens and space marines on another planet? By sending him to the cradle of gangsta rap. Kinda makes you wish we’d gotten a proper sequel to Jason X, don’t it?
Five Reasons to See It
- Ice-T, front-runner for the “Early 90’s Rapper Nicknamed Ice with The Most Embarrassing Filmography” award, plays the corrupt producer who has gotten rich with leprechaun magic. He’s the second best thing about this movie, right after Warwick Davis.
- There’s a bit of train wreck value in the movie being “Offensive Stereotype Bingo”. Black, white, Irish, Asian, straight, gay, transgendered, Christian, male, female, it’s a melting pot of demographic ignorance!
- A scene of the leprechaun rapping (yes, that happens) was moved to the credits despite explaining where his henchwomen come from. Though it’s not like anyone’s watching this movie for its tightly plotted story, so it’s not a big loss.
- Coolio cameos. While it’s cool to have a Coolio cameo, Coolio’s cameo comes quickly and confusingly, leaving the crowd with questions.
- “Lep in the hood, here to do no good.”
Look, nothing I say here is going to convince to watch a movie entitled Leprechaun in the Hood if the title alone doesn’t (other than maybe “unexpected masterpiece” or “secretly directed by Wes Craven”). Likewise, if you think watching Leprechaun in the Hood sounds like a good idea, you are – like the filmmakers – far beyond seeing reason. So go forth and enjoy!
NEXT WEEK: Well, the Rocky Horror Picture Show quasi-sequel Shock Treatment was planned…but that movie’s not very Halloween-y, so instead we’ll be watching 2001’s Elvira’s Haunted Hills (which features Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brien alongside the Mistress of the Dark).