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Film / Leprechaun in the Hood

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"A friend with weed is a friend indeed, but a friend with gold is the best I'm told."

The fifth film in the Leprechaun series, released in 2000.

A hoodlum named Mack Daddy (Ice-T) discovers the leprechaun's gold, and in the ensuing struggle accidentally tosses the gold medallion from part three around its neck, trapping it in stone. Among his newly acquired treasure, he comes across a golden flute that gives its 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.

This film has examples of:

  • The Bad Guy Wins: The only entry in the series where the leprechaun survives and gets everything he wants.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Leprechaun can rape people to death, a "power" he first demonstrates on a transvestite.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Leprechaun turns three women to his side, and they act as his minions.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Postmaster P stole The Leprechaun's flute to fulfill the group's dreams of fame. He causes the deaths of his friends when he tries to prove himself. Stray Bullet is killed when Postmaster P tries to take the flute back after The Leprechaun insults him and he causes the death of Butch when goes back to steal the flute.
  • The Cameo: Coolio makes a rather baffling appearance when the heroes perform at a church.
  • Combat Haircomb: A character is killed with an afro pick to the throat.
  • Downer Ending: It looks like the necklace has frozen the Leprechaun again. We then cut to sometime later, as Postmaster P is onstage, a success. However, he looks at the camera and removes his sunglasses, revealing his glowing green eyes like the "zombie fly girls" previously summoned by the Leprechaun. Not only has the Leprechaun survived, but he's taken control of Post, at the cost of his moral code and his friends' lives, and if the end credits rap is considered canon to the film, he regains his control over the "zombie fly girls." (Unless this is a depiction of their original enslavement shown out of order, as in the original script.) This remains the only film in which the Leprechaun remains unvanquished.
  • Dream Within a Dream: Postmaster P. awakes from a dream about the Leprechaun getting maimed by his grandmother. He then gets up to answer the door and finds his dead friend covered in blood, waking him up the second time.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Mack Daddy and the Leprechaun have a long history, and spend as much time fighting each other as the protagonists.
  • Eye Scream: Happens to the Leprechaun in a dream sequence.
  • Hammerspace Hair: The flashback that shows Mack Daddy capturing the Leprechaun has him pulling a knife and then a baseball bat out of his 'fro.
  • Hidden Depths: Butch 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.
  • Kick the Dog: The leprechaun is meaner than normal in this film. He horrifically kills a transvestite for no reason at all while having sex with them, and later has his mind-controlled slaves start kidnapping people for him to kill just for fun.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: None of the main characters, with the possible exception of Butch (which could be his real name) are referred to by anything other than their stage names.
  • The Music Meister: Leprechaun uses his powers to make the people in a nightclub sing and dance for him.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Mack Daddy is a violent criminal rap producer very similar to Suge Knight.
  • N-Word Privileges: All the black characters regularly use the word to refer to each other, almost exclusively good-naturedly.
  • Shout-Out: A character makes an educated guess that the Leprechaun might be "Chucky on crack".
  • Title Drop: "From the Emerald Isles to your place in the hood, I'm a man of green come to do no good!"
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As mentioned above. The Leprechaun isn't exactly a nice guy in the earlier films, but the vast majority of his victims are those who steal his gold or try to destroy him, and he'll happily leave most humans alone. In this movie, he goes out of his way to murder people, seemingly for the fun of it.
  • Villain Song: "Lep in the Hood, come to do no good"