Like many horror movie franchises, you just have to wonder how on earth there have been so many films in the Leprechaun series. To date there have been 6 starting in 1993 with the final one in 2003. These were followed by a poor attempt to reboot the franchise in 2014, Leprechaun Origins.
Leprechaun 2 has no association with any of the events of the first film. The only link being the Leprechaun character once again played by Warwick Davis.
Opening way back in the past we meet a man who is a slave to the Leprechaun having tried to steal from his pot of gold. The man hates the Leprechaun & wants to escape. The Leprechaun agrees to give him his freedom once he helps him complete one final task, take a bride.
“She sneezes once, she sneezes twice, she’ll be me bride when she sneezes thrice”
The lucky girl though turns out to be the slave’s daughter though & just before she sneeze for the third time he says “bless you” which cancels out the Leprechaun’s enchantment. Furious, the Leprechaun curses the slave & his future descendants promising that in 1000 years he will find his bloodline & marry into it. He then kills the slave.
1000 years later…
Cody (Charlie Heath) is a young adult trying to make enough money from selling scam murder tours to unwitting tourists so he can impress his girlfriend, Bridget (Shevonne Durkin). He sells the tours & Morty (Sandy Baron) does the driving, except Morty is dead drunk at the moment. Cody is desperate to keep the money that he’s just got from a group. Against his better judgement he decides to take the tour himself, much to Bridget’s annoyance.
The tour is terrible & Cody is distracted by Bridget who wants to go go-kart racing with his love rival. The tourists are far from happy & it is a lot of fun to see both Clint Howard & Kimmy Robertson play their minor roles with cheesy gusto. While outside a house they are ‘jump-scared’ by a hobo who goes to sleep by a very old & gnarled looking tree.
His booze bottle is sucked into the tree & it opens up to reveal the revived Leprechaun who is less then pleased about the crap whiskey.
Back from wherever he’s been, old Leppy decides to continue his quest to find a bride. The descendant of his slave, who just happens to be…Bridget.
From this point on the movie becomes a cat & mouse movie with the Leprechaun giving chase & Bridget (alongside Cody) trying to escape his clutches. Every so often a character will make the mistake of crossing the Leprechaun’s path resulting in their death.
Unfortunately, Leprechaun 2 isn’t looking to shock or surprise so most violent/gore scenes are very disappointing. The only one that really stands out involves a face, a pair of boobs & 2 large spinning fans. That scene is hilarious especially the way in which it was cut/edited. Presumably so Shevonne Durkin didn’t have to get her boobs out.
Motor-boating is bad!
The movie is very silly, Warwick Davis plays the Leprechaun as a way more comedic character & while he has a certain intenseness to him, it’s hard to really be intimidated by him. His dialogue is very cheesy & always in rhyme. It’s very dumb but oddly entertaining.
The same can’t be said for most of the other actors. While not particularly bad, the characters they portray have been seen over & over again to the point of utter boredom. It is though, admirable just how much effort they put into making Leprechaun seem like a serious threat.
With no links at all to the original movie, it’s pointless this being called Leprechaun 2. It’s silly & very cheesy but it does entertain which (in horror) is often all you can hope for.
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The Final Score - 5.5/10