Leprechaun Back 2 Da Hood

Shite. Talk about ending on a low note. Look at that cover, what a load of wank. That picture got old about 3 seconds after Scream did it. It’s just indicative of how crap and lazy the whole film is.

Once again- it’s a “new” Leprechaun with new motivations, weaknesses etc. However, this time it’s set back in Compton again. This is shit, and an unusual imagination failure from a series that is both highly inventive and refreshingly unbound by canon. They haven’t given a toss previously where they set it in time or location. In Leprechaun 2 they come up with a pathetic reason for him being in LA, but really, most of the time he’s just there. Deal with it. So why put him back in Compton? Novelty value is gone, there can’t be a marketing reason for it, it’s just a bad idea.

Secondly, the plot is pretty much everything you’ve seen before- crock of gold stolen, carnage ensues. Death toll rises. Nice kids kill him. Yawn.

Anything good about this film? Outside of Warwick- Nothing, zip, zero, nada, sweet fuck all. It’s crap and not in a fun way.

The bad features of this film are almost overwhelming. To begin with, and this makes me angry, they resort to a terrible fairy book style origin for the Leprechaun. This is typical of the hackneyed clichéd bollocks that runs through this pitiful effort. That annoyed me before I’d even got into it properly. However, being the completist I am, I thought “it’ll be OK, just power past this, and you’ll get all sorts of cod-Irish gorgeousness”.

I was wrong.

The next 45 minutes of this utter cod shit could have been lifted from an urban poverty drama. Except without the acting, writing, direction or score that usually accompanies these things. Do I give a fuck about a Youth Centre? Do I give a fuck about their struggles in making it in the world? What the fuck is this rubbish doing in a Leprechaun movie? I’m not watching some sort of worthy midget based version of garbage like Dangerous Minds, for the love of God. It’s beyond irritating. There isn’t even any gratuitous nudity to distract me from the avalanche of suck.

It does pick up, to be fair, when Warwick gets loose, but by then I was losing the will to live. However, let me assure you that he trucks along slaughtering morons (there’s a reasonably entertaining party scene that helps relieve the boredom temporarily).

Now I think about it, this really pisses me off.

There’s some bollocks about fortune telling, and a witch or something but really, all this is too little too late, because it’s buried under smug, self-righteous and above all annoying central characters. Even Jennifer Aniston’s wannabe vegan slut in the first film is less annoying than this lot. Death would be too good for them.

Despite the enormous drag factor of the material, Warwick is, again, excellent but he’s really struggling with the crap that surrounds him, the script isn’t up to the usual Leprechaun standards (I think the only good line in it is “What’s up ninjas?” which is hilarious done in a proper begorrah bejapers accent). He’s great, but every time someone else opens their mouth every scene just dies.

There is, however, one moment that’s so good I thought I was watching one of the other Leprechaun movies: Warwick tears a cop’s leg off and uses it to drive the police car. When he gets out of the car, the leg comes out first. This is wonderful. It’s a little nugget of gold in a sewer of boredom and irritation.

Overall, avoid. This septic piece of rectal tissue isn’t included in the box sets (either the UK one or the marvellously named US “Pot of Gore”) and I recommend doing what I do- pretend it doesn’t exist. I cannot get over the sheer disappointment of this one, it cuts me to the bone- what were they thinking of? If they really had to set another film in Gangland, then there was potential for a direct sequel to Leprechaun in the Hood- as that film ended with the Leprechaun victorious. So given that, why did they go the usual Lep route of ignoring the sequel but use the same location?

Really, I do not recommend this. If you feel a need to see a Leprechaun in gangland, watch the first Leprechaun in the Hood- but a pox on the makers of this for failing to hit the holy grail of a horror series that improved with each episode. Leprechaun Back 2 Da Hood is a terrible disappointment and an awfully sour note to leave the series on.

Next time out, I happened to discover that a new sequel is currently in development. I can’t officially confirm it, and have fuck all idea what it’s about, so I’m going to publish a list of unlikely Leprechaun scenarios that I think would fit the pattern well, and more importantly provide us with the ending that the series deserves.

Until then,

Jarv

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Workshy cynic, given to posting reams of nonsense on the internet and watching films that have inexplicably got a piss poor reputation.

15 responses to “Leprechaun Back 2 Da Hood”

  1. kloipy says :

    wow this sounds like total shit. glad I didn’t waste my time. Great review series Jarv!
    at least warwick is still smokin

    • Jarv says :

      He gets through an awful lot of weed in this one.

      It’s so irritating, because in the Hood was wide open for a sequel.

      You’ll like the wish list tomorrow- my ideal direct sequel to Lep in the Hood is in it. I don’t want them to do that one, but it would be bloody funny.

      • kloipy says :

        yeah, I can’t wait for the wish list. There could be so many great directions to take this series

  2. Jarv says :

    I’m putting up about 4 or 5 and at least one of those will be something I really don’t want them to do. A sort of “wish they won’t” suggestion.

    It’s more of a chance for a silly Irish dwarf related TB than anything else.

  3. DocPazuzu says :

    Back to Tha Hood is, oddly, the only movie in the universe that wasn’t made better by the simple presence of Warwick Davis.

    As for Lep 7, it has to be Lep vs something. He’s been to space, Vegas and the Hood, and he more or less comes from Hell, so he has to fight some other little supernatural fucker.

    Hey Jarv, did you see Goatfucker’s passionate defense of Attack of the Clones in that George Lucas TB?

    DocP

    • Jarv says :

      The real problem of Back 2 Da Hood is that it’s basically a shittier version of Lep in the hood.

      For shame. And no “Vs” either- I happen to know that a sequel IS being made, and although I know nothing more about it, I want some proper Lep silliness and no-more rehashes.

      There has only ever been one good film with Vs in the title- and it isn’t schlock.

      I haven’t been there in ages, but I may give it a look now.

  4. Jarv says :

    Well that was depressing. What a cunt.

  5. Tom_Bando says :

    Ha ha it’s a PaZoozoo sighting! Still keeping up the good fight over there at Harold’s, you and MrGeyser? Goatpumper is a fave topic of note here.

    I think Jarv gives Lep in da Hood 2 goat hooves up on the Almada Scale. Maybe.

    • DocPazuzu says :

      Heh…

      No, I don’t post there anymore. It’s been in the offing for a long time but didn’t become a reality until I saw:

      1) Who they had cast as Howard’s Conan

      2) AssLives’ ignorant, pretentious and simply erroneous posts about Conan and Howard

      …and realized that I just didn’t give a shit any more. I still pop in and read stuff every now and then but the longer I’m away the less I feel the need to dive into that morass again.

      Yes, I am now “online homeless”, an internet hobo — sadly without a shotgun.

      DocP

  6. Tom_Bando says :

    Okay I went and gave the Almadan sheepknocker a whack. I see the same old tools are going at it-Turd on the Run vs. Cobra Kai vs. IndyKiller vs. Asslives etc. Asslives is the one that really needs a nice bottle of thorazine administered on a daily basis for about a week solid, just because.

    • DocPazuzu says :

      “It’s your fave Sequel to the Ibex Menace.”

      That REALLY made me laugh here at work.

      DocP

      • Tom_Bando says :

        Thought you would like that! Yeah I basically abandoned Harold and co in Oct once I found out where Xiphos and Jarv had absconded w/ the rest to. I just, like yourself there PaZooz–didn’t give a shit. Oooo Harold did another DVD column—ZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Whatever guys. Herkimer spooged over another Whedon pilot-Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Asslives was adopted by another Goat—Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

        This place is fun. Plus you get neato reviews of Leprechaun flicks by like-minded peoples. I recommend it.

  7. MORBIUS says :

    Asslives hard-on for JJ Abrams is just jealousy on his part. He thinks, because of all his experience, he would be a better director.

    His qualifications;

    He positions himself DIRECTly behind each goat.

    He stares DIRECTly at each goats sphincter before administering a lavish loving nutsack tongue bath.

    He informs the other members of his ‘harem’ that he will get to them DIRECTly

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