Leprechaun 4: In Space movie review
Leprechaun 4: In Space is just as awesome and ridiculous as it sounds. It may not be the best of the franchise, but it’s the ballsiest Leprechaun movie up to this point.
This about it: someone walks in your office and says, “I need $1.6 million dollars to make a fourth Leprechaun movie. It will be a parody of Alien and feature a character very similar to Dr. Strangelove while taking shots at other fantasy and horror films. Also, I want to kill a guy by having his dick explode.”
Apparently, you leaned back in your chair, thought about it for a minute and said, “I think you may have something here. Take money,” because this movie exists.
I think that any time they doubted themselves during the production of Leprechaun 4: In Space, all they had to do was take a look at the masterpiece that is Warwick Davis in his Leprechaun outfit holding a lightsaber (The hilt of which is just… what, a piece of PVC spray painted black?) and say, “We’re probably on the right track.”
The biggest problem with this movie is that the Leprechaun’s powers are undefined and they kill him a million times, but he just keeps coming back. I guess you’re supposed to remember from the previous movie that you have to destroy his gold to kill him… but wait, that didn’t work, because he’s back again now. so there really are no rules. (Again, remember Warwick Davis in his Leprechaun outfit holding a lightsaber.)
It doesn’t have the strongest of screenplays, but you can tell that the people who worked on this movie were trying to make a good flick. They work hard on the comedy as well as the practical effects, even though they didn’t have much money. Guy Siner is especially funny as Dr. Mittenhand, and I really liked Rebekah Carlton (who was apparently on Baywatch) as the evil princess. Debbe Dunning should get an award for her delivery of, “I was the one who gave him the boner.” Meanwhile, Brent Jasmer… sort of looks like Syllvester Stallone and did Playgirl once, so… there’s that. And Warwick Davis is as charming as ever in the title role.
Apparently, nobody likes this movie but me. The A.V. Club wrote that “the outer-space setting comes off as a desperate ploy to continue a horror series without having to pay any attention to continuity or the laws of reality.” I think that it was just an excuse to be goofy. You can watch the first four Leprechaun movies in any order and it wouldn’t matter, so continuity has been out the window since the first sequel, and as for laws of reality… come on, these are slasher comedy movies about a Leprechaun! I don’t think we need to take this too seriously.
For example, this trailer has the tone all wrong:
Where as this? This is exactly what we’re looking for.
When it comes to cheap laughs, there’s nothing like a Leprechaun movie and Leprechaun 4: In Space gave me exactly what I wanted. It’s the ultimate in camp.
Posted on October 19, 2015, in movie review and tagged Halloween, horror movies, Leprechaun, Leprechaun 4: In Space, movie reviews, slasher movies, Warwick Davis. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.