Film: Leprechaun

aka: Leprechaun In The Hood
"Try as they will, and try as they might, who steals me gold won't live through the night."

"Your luck just ran out."
— Original poster tagline

A 1993 horror-comedy film that spawned a franchise. In all six (6!) installments, none of which seem to have any sort of continuity, the titular character is played by Warwick Davis.

In the original Leprechaun, a family moves into a rural house and discovers not only a pot of gold, but the rightful owner. The leprechaun will kill any who touches his gold, but has a weakness to wrought iron and four-leaf clovers (they cancel out his magic). They are finally able to kill it (with fire). Or do they?

In Part 2, the leprechaun is alive and well, and now for some reason living in L.A. As it turns out, on every leprechaun's 1000th birthday, he is allowed to take a bride of his choosing (without her consent) on the condition that he can make her sneeze three times, without someone saying "God bless you." He selects his target (a descendant of the only man to ever get the better of him), but her boyfriend manages to steal his gold, which he hopes to trade for her freedom.

At the start of Part 3, a badly beaten man drops off a rather peculiar looking statue at a Las Vegas pawn shop. He's willing to take whatever the shopkeeper will offer him, but warns him that he must never remove the gold medallion that hangs around the statue's neck. As soon as he's gone, the shopkeeper does this. The statue comes to life, revealing the leprechaun, who kills him and sets out to reclaim his gold. A new "rule" was added, that said if you get bitten by a leprechaun, you will turn into one, unless you kill him. Also, each leprechaun has a "lucky" gold piece, that will grant whoever holds it one wish.

Part 4 is creatively titled Leprechaun In Space, which shamelessly ripped off the tagline from Alien, "In Space, No-One Can Hear You Scream". In the future, a team of Space Marines are searching for an alien princess, who he intends to make his bride. Apparently, the more gold a leprechaun has, the more powerful his magic is. Combining her wealth with his own will make him the most powerful being in the galaxy!

Leprechaun in Da Hood takes place sometime between Parts 3 & 4, only the action is moved back to L.A. A local hoodlum (Ice T!) discovers the leprechauns gold, and in the ensuing struggle accidentally tosses the gold medallion from Part 3 around it's neck, trapping it in stone. Among his newly acquired treasure, he comes across a golden flute that gives it's owner great musical talent. Flash forward several years, and he is now a successful rap producer. One night, three aspiring singers rob his office in retaliation for denying them a record deal. They steal the flute and the medallion, unwittingly releasing the leprechaun... in da hood.

Leprechaun: Back 2 Da Hood is basically a rehashing of Part 2 in the setting of Part 5.

And contrary to what Syfy wants you to believe, Leprechaun's Revenge is not a sequel to Leprechaun.

In 2014, Lionsgate and WWE Films released a Darker and Edgier reboot, Leprechaun: Origins, starring Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl as the creature.

This series contains examples of the following Tropes:

  • Affably Evil: The leprechaun seldom kills those that don't steal his gold, insult him, get in his way, or do anything else to anger him. In the first and fifth films he is willing to spare those that return his gold. When he first meets Ozzie in the original film, he offers to shine his shoes for him. In the third film, he develops an Odd Friendship with an Elvis impersonater in one scene. In Back 2 Tha Hood, he seems to get along with a stoner who lets him smoke from his bong... until he finds out that the stoner has one of his gold coins.
    • Faux Affably Evil: The leprechaun goes back and forth between the two. At one point in In The Hood, he acts friendly to someone for a while before tearing their finger off. While he does seem genuinely affable at times, the leprechaun also as a habit of pretending to be nice before attacking his victims. It depends on his mood.
  • Agony of the Feet: Leprechaun usually goes for the legs.
  • Alien Blood: Leprechaun bleeds green.
  • All in the Eyes: Used briefly on the Leprechaun in the second movie.
  • And I Must Scream: In Leprechaun 3 and Leprechaun In the Hood, Leprechaun gets put turned into stone.
  • Antagonist Title
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever
  • An Axe to Grind: When leprechaun catches Nathan on a beartrap in the first film, he attempts to attack him with an axe.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The ending of Leprechaun in the Hood.
  • Beat It By Compulsion: Leprechaun is compelled to shine all the dirty shoes he comes across.
  • Berserk Button: Do not steal the Leprechaun's gold. He will find you.
  • Black Comedy: The films aren't strictly horror. Hell, the Leprechaun chases people on roller skates, wheel chairs and tricycles, performs a rap number and kills one person with a po-go stick.
  • Bland-Name Product: Lucky Clovers cereal. Making it even more obvious is that they refer to Lucky Charms in the dialog: "Fuck you, Lucky Charms".
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Leprechaun's three female minions in Da Hood.
  • Bullet Time: Used briefly in the pogo stick scene.
  • Cassandra Truth: Simple guy he is, nobody believes Ozzie when he says that there's a leprechaun in the basement and how it was going to shine his shoes.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Subverted with the cop's gun in the first film.
    • Also played straight with Alex's slingshot
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: How our protagonists finally find the four-leafed clover in the first film.
  • Combat Haircomb: An Afro Pick shuriken.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Caving in a poor sod's chest with a pogo stick, anyone?
  • Damsel in Distress: Bridget in the second film.
  • Darker and Edgier: Leprechaun: Origins is going this direction.
  • Death by Falling Over: Mrs. O'Grady's death in the first film.
  • Dem Bones: Leprechaun resurrects the skeleleton of his dead slave to do his bidding in the first sequel.
  • Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Four-leaf clover-laced hollow point bullets in Back 2 tha Hood.
  • Downer Ending: Leprechaun in the Hood. It looks like the necklace has frozen the leprechaun again. We then cut to sometime later, as Postmaster P is onstage, a success, but at the cost of his moral code and his friends' lives. However, he looks at the camera and removes his sunglasses, revealing his glowing green eyes. Not only has the Leprechaun survived, but he's taken control of Post, and if the end credits rap is considered canon to the film, he regains his control over the zombie fly girls. This remains the only film in which the Leprechaun remains unvanquished.
  • Drinking Contest: Morty challenges the Leprechaun to one in the second movie.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Leprechaun's Revenge was advertised as a new movie in this series despite not being related at all.
  • Dutch Angle: Used in the first movie when Tori goes to the retirement home.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: True to the legends, a rainbow leads to the leprechaun's pot of gold.
  • Evil Laugh: Lep has a distinctive "haahaha" -laugh.
  • Eye Scream: Tori pokes leprechaun's right eye out in the first film. Then he gouges up a spare from a corpse.
  • Facial Horror: The Leprechaun kills a barista by melting his face with steam in the second film.
  • Fan Disservice: Loretta's transformation in the third movie becomes this once the lips start expanding.
  • Fanservice: The topless scene in the fourth movie is an infamous example.
    • Some relatively tame fanservice occurs in the original - Tori spends the whole film in short shorts, and a chase scene filmed from The Leprechaun's point of view means we get an extended look at her legs and rear end as she runs.
  • Flanderization: While the original movie's dosed with black humor, comedy really overtakes the horror aspect as the series goes along.
  • Fright Deathtrap: In the first movie, against the Irishman's wife.
  • Genre Savvy: A few humans know enough about the folklore of leprechauns to actually use them against him, but often they're not savvy enough to kill him.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger
  • Gold Fever: Leprechaun has developed one for the second film.
  • Groin Attack: Halfway through the third movie, Mitch forces Tammy to do a striptease for him from inside his personal bedroom while she's under the hypnotic spell of the Leprechaun's magic coin. When the hypnosis wears off, Tammy is shocked to see that she may have somehow degraded herself in front of Mitch and as Mitch tells her that he wants an encore, Tammy gets angry by this and immediately knees him in the groin, making Mitch fall down upon his bed in pain before Tammy leaves in a state of disgust and frustration.
    • A more gruesome example is shown in the fourth film, in which it had a soldier, Kowalski, die this way - when his team initially believes to have killed the Leprechaun Kowalski goes over and urinates on the remains for fun, unaware that he is now infected with the essence of the Leprechaun, who proceeds to be reborn within Kowalski. Later on when Kowalski is trying to have sex with fellow soldier Delores (Debbe Dunning of Home Improvement fame) what they both initially think is just his natural erection slowly becomes painful for him until they literally see something moving inside his pants - he then collapses, legs spread, belt going, pants unzipping as the Leprechaun forces his way out through Kowalski's penis, all while Kowalski screams in agony. Just before Kowalski dies (presumably from blood loss via his ravaged testicles) the Leprechaun quips "Let that be a lesson to ya laddie - always wear a prophylactic!"
    • Later on in the fourth film, the Leprechaun strikes Dr. Mittenhead in the crotch after creating the illusion of the film's heroine Dr. Tina Reeves naked to trick him into opening the door.
  • Hidden Depths: Butch in Leprechaun in the Hood possesses knowledge of electrical wiring and chemistry, first displayed in his attempt to fix the group's fried musical equipment, and comes up several times in their battle with the Leprechaun.
  • Hollywood Darkness: Made painfully obvious in the first movie, when Nathan brings a flashlight outside.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Dan O'Grady suffers one just before he's going to get rid of the leprechaun.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Second movie happens on St. Patrick's Day.
  • I'm Melting: Leprechaun starts to melt when he swallows the four-leafed clover.
  • Impact Silhouette: The natural result of a leprechaun on roller skates colliding with a white picket fence in the first film.
  • Implacable Man: The Leprechaun, bordering on The Juggernaut in Back 2 tha Hood.
  • In Name Only: Leprechaun Origins shares nothing in common with the original films.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: Leprechaun is fond of these in the first film.
  • Jackass Genie: The Leprechaun's preferred style of granting wishes.
  • Joker Immunity: Depending on whether or not you consider the Leprechaun the same creature in each film.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Wrought iron and the four-leafed clovers are the weakness for the Leprechaun.
  • Left Hanging: The Leprechaun comic series produced by a company called Bluewater Productions was seemingly cancelled after four issues, and just as it was getting good.
  • LEGO Genetics: In 4. a blender was involved.
  • Letters 2 Numbers: Back 2 tha Hood.
  • Lovely Assistant: Tammy in the third movie.
  • Lull Destruction: When Alex sets the bear trap for the leprechaun in the first movie, voice over of him saying "how he's going to get him" is added
  • Man Child: Ozzie in the first film.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Leprechaun imitates voices when needed.
  • The Music Meister: In Leprechaun In Da Hood, the Leprechaun uses his powers to make the people in a night club sing and dance for him.
  • Neutral Female: In the first movie's final battle.
  • N-Word Privileges: The Hood movies.
  • No Peripheral Vision: When Tori goes to the basement looking for Nathan, both them miss each other despite the small space.
  • Numbered Sequels: Stopped after the fourth film.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: Gradually. There's Leprechaun, followed by Leprechaun 2 and Leprechaun 3, then introducing subtitles with Leprechaun 4: In Space, followed by dropping the number for Leprechaun: In The Hood and ending with Leprechaun: Back 2 Da Hood by mimicking 2 Fast 2 Furious's ridiculous title.
  • Outside Ride: The Leprechaun attempts it in the first movie, but he can't quite hold on.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Fuck you, Lucky Charms!"
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The leprechaun from the original movie.
  • Recycled In Space: Literally with fourth film.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Leprechain is fond of rhyming.
  • Self Plagiarism: Director of the first film (and writer of every entry in the series) Mark Jones made Rumpelstiltskin in 1995, which is another horror film with an evil wish granting dwarf. He seems to have thing for mini-monster movies, since he also made one about a Demonic Dummy called Triloquist
  • Series Continuity Error: The biggest issue is regarding how the Leprechaun is awakened as it changes from movie to movie. His age is also inconsistent.
    • How he's killed or defeated is different each film. However, surprisingly, the same weapons that work on him in one film normally continue to work in another. Cast iron is among the most often used.
    • There IS of course the theory that it's not the same Leprechaun in each film and they just all look the same, though.
    • The second movie states that the leperchaun cannot kill with his treasure. The third film has him killing a man with one of his coins.
  • Sequel Hook: Leprechaun's declaration at the end of the first film.
    "I'll not rest till I have me gold. Curse this well that me soul shall dwell, till I find me magic that breaks me spell!"
    • And it did get sequels but they weren't connected to the first movie or each other for that matter.
  • She's Got Legs: Tammy in the third movie.
  • Shout-Out: Father Bob, from Night of the Demons 2, is seen at a craps table in Leprechaun 3. Both movies were directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith.
  • The Siege: Last third of the first movie.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Mooch, after being exposed to flesh-eating bacteria in In Space.
  • Summon Back Up Dancers: In Leprechaun In Da Hood, the Leprechaun uses his powers to make the people in a night club sing and dance for him.
  • Super OCD: The Leprechaun has a strange compulsion to shine any shoes that he sees. Even when he's trying to attack/kill people, he still takes the time to polish shoes.
  • Take That: In the first film, the Leprechaun tries a knock-off of Lucky Charms and promptly spits it out.
  • Taken for Granite: The Leprechaun in 3 and In the Hood.
  • Teleportation Spam: Done when the leprechaun harasses a cop in the forest.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Loretta and Fazio in 3.
  • Thematic Series: There isn't any connecting thread to the movies beyond the leprechaun. They're all their own self contained stories.
  • Turn the Other Fist: Parodied in the 4th film.
  • Undercrank: Used in the first film to make it seem that leprechaun is going faster.
  • Villain Song: "Lep in the Hood, come to do no good"
  • Vasquez Always Dies: The fourth movie features a platoon of Space Marines with two women among their ranks: a Botoxed and boob-jobbed blonde and a brunette tomboy. Guess which one dies.
  • Viva Las Vegas: Third film.
  • The Voiceless: The leprechaun in Leprechaun Origins does not speak, but rather snarls and growls like a feral animal.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Tammy in the third movie.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: In Back 2 Tha Hood, after Watson punches the Leprechaun into a pile of garbage, the Lep shrugs it off and tells him, "You hit like a wee lass."

Alternative Title(s):

Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun Back 2 Tha Hood, Leprechaun 4 In Space, Leprechaun 3, Leprechaun In The Hood