I know it’s never a good idea to watch a sequel before seeing the original, but I figured it wouldn’t be too difficult to pick up the plot of LEPRECHAUN: BACK 2 THA HOOD and I was right. I know this site isn’t the forum for serious societal discussions, but I must say that the scariest part of this movie is how such a talented cadre of African American actors can be assembled for a movie about a Leprechaun who gets pissed off when you take his gold. Someone get these actors in a real movie! And now I will step off my soap box...
The movie begins in a ghetto where two young women, Erica and Emily, live the hard-knock life: no money to buy a nice car, to get manicures, etc. One day, they walk into a fortune teller’s office and she foresees great riches for them both, but it will come at a terrible price. So, Erica follows a rainbow, stumbles upon the Leprechaun’s lair and discovers the mythical pot o’ gold. Before we know it, each of her friends gets a million dollars and proceeds to live the high life (cue the musical montage). We all know, however, that the Leprechaun won’t stand for this and soon enough the pissed off little Irish-man is cracking skulls.
For the cheesy Hollywood executive in all of us, this movie is “Friday” meets “Freddy”. One of the characters, Cedric, played by Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones of Onyx fame, smokes so much chronic that you practically get the munchies for Hostess Cup Cakes just watching him. It’s nice to see that Jones recognized his 15 minutes of fame in Onyx and has since parlayed that into a decent acting career. In his B-movie roles, he goes by Sticky Fingaz, but in movies like “Flight of the Phoenix”, he goes by the more refined Kirk Jones. Whatever moniker he uses, he will always be remembered by many a white suburban teen as the guys who raps:
I'm a b-boy
Standin in my b-boy stance
Hurry up and give me the microphone before I bust in my pants.
Sorry, was a huge fan…In one of my favorite scenes of the movie, one of Cedric’s stoner friends sits on the toilet smoking a bong when suddenly the Leprechaun comes waltzing into the bathroom. The stoner assumes that he is hallucinating and proceeds to smoke the Leprechaun up. It’s definitely funny to watch the little guy stumble on the floor, high as a kite. In the kitchen, there is a humorous scene where Cedric and the Leprechaun attempt to satisfy their munchies craving (Cedric makes a sandwich, while the Leprechaun munches on pickles and anything else he can get his grubby little hands on).
The Leprechaun character is the same as in other installments of this popular series and he sticks to a relatively simple mantra: If you touch his gold, he will kill you. No excuses allowed. Also, this mf is impossibly fast and impervious to almost anything. That is, throughout this movie, you will see the little guy get clanked on the head with a shovel, shot multiple times, burned, cut, choked, etc., and, God bless him, he just keeps on coming.
I would be willing to believe that I am in the extreme minority when I say that this movie is both watchable and entertaining. If it were on Cinemax one night, you should definitely check it out. It’s actually refreshing to see a well-shot cheesy hood movie that is also a horror movie. That being said, the dialogue is nothing special and the movie isn’t especially scary, but what I respect from this movie is that it doesn’t try to be anything more than it is: a B-horror, straight to video, easy to watch movie. Enjoy.
Rating: **1/2 (out of four stars)