Pot O’ Gold: The Leprechaun Series

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  I’ve always enjoyed this little holiday.  Green is my favorite color, and green beer – well, that’s just smart.  I’m not Irish or Catholic, so the religious aspect of the day isn’t something I usually think about, and I understand that celebrations of the holiday have been criticized for being too commercial and for playing on offensive stereotypes about the Irish people.

But I’m going to wear green and enjoy the day anyway. You do you.  I’ll do me.

But you didn’t come here to read about green beer or the commercialism of America.  It’s a cool topic, but – you know – horror blog.  So let’s talk about the horror movies you should be watching today.

Yep.  The Leprechaun series.

Not this guy.

Believe it or not, there are seven of these guys.  SEVEN.  And the last one just came out in 2014.  Yes. This decade got its own Leprechaun movie. There’s even one with aliens.

They get pretty wild.

The first movie came out in 1993 and starred pre-nose job future “friend” Jennifer Aniston and the ever-awesome Warwick Davis.  Davis actually plays the title character in each movie except the most recent.  You should also know him as Willow and, of course, Professor Flitwick.  He’s a pretty cool guy.

You can check out the summaries on imdb.com:

Leprechaun (1993)

Leprechaun 2 (1994)

Leprechaun 3 (1995)

Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996)

Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)

Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)

Leprechaun: Origins (2014)

Now, don’t they sound like fun?  They might not have the highest ratings, but did you really expect masterpiece theater from a series of movies about a murderous, evil leprechaun?  I didn’t think so.

If you’re looking for a seriously scary group of films, these ain’t it.  But they are very entertaining and pretty damn funny.  It’s nice when movies like these don’t forget what they are, and the Leprechaun series is just a bunch of fun. Plus, Leprechaun in the Hood has Ice-T.  That’s something.

So check these movies out.  Give them a chance.  What else are you going to do tonight? Go out and get drunk?

Oh. Right.

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