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Leprechaun
(1993)
Reviewed by Arno Mikli
Rating: 6 Beans

his film tells the gory story of four folks - the three members of a housepainting team and the daughter of a visiting family - who find themselves pitched against a feral leprechaun (Warwick Davis) who they had unwittingly freed from imprisonment.

It is a story where one uncovers lots of holes before it reaches its somewhat predictable, Gremlins-like climax. The worst ones are right at the end, where we see the daughter (played by the one-and only Jennifer Aniston) reach the one person who knows how to kill the nasty little laddie, with ridiculous ease. True, the leprechaun does get there before her , but instead of just killing the guy concerned, he wounds him and leaves him in a place where she can easily find and talk to him. She then has no trouble in returning to the farm where she has been besieged and no trouble in finding the unlikely object that she is looking for.

But then , the farm that is the main setting for this movie is full of surprises. There's a rainbow that has its end in the farmyard (and which provides the pot of gold that is the focal point of so much angst in this story). There's a packet of breakfast cereal in the kitchen which has a leprechaun as its logo, and which the leprechaun samples in an act of blatant on-screen advertising. Perhaps quite fittingly, he spits the stuff out. There're sharp nasty doors capable of easily chopping off leprechaun hands. There's the remarkable durability that the farm has - 20 years of neglect and the only maintenance that the place needs after all that time is a fresh coat of paint on some of its buildings. All in all, an interesting place.

Mind you, the leprechaun himself is a intriguing presence. He has a lot of powers- he can disappear and appear, imitate any kind of voice from pussy cats to children, rebuild himself as needed (examples here include a gory bit of eye surgery) and engage in viscous hand-to-hand combat. He certainly has a lot of personality, albeit tainted with a savage obsession for "me gold!", and with a better script, he might have done better critically and commercially than he did here.

Another interesting (and accidental) feature of this film is the appearance of a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston, who was no doubt hired at a bargain rate compared with the salary that she receives today. Here, she looks surprisingly , well, normal. That is to say , she looks as normal as she can get when wearing a itsy-bitsy pair of shorts and undergoing harassment by a feral leprechaun.

Despite these noteworthy features, Leprechaun is ultimately an unpleasant , violent and nonsensical bit of work. Persons looking for a good nights entertainment in front of a VCR are far better off seeking it in some other video offering.



Other reviews for this movie:

Mike Brannon
Nathan Johnston




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