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Review: ‘Leprechaun 4: In Space’ – Dear God, Help! Why Am I Watching Every ‘Leprechaun’ Movie?!

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'Leprechaun 4: In Space' - Dear God, Help! Why Am I Watching Every Leprechaun Movie?!

The Leprechaun bursts out of a guy’s dick like the chestburster from Alien. That’s really all you’ll need to know to decide whether you’re in or out on this one. It’s not the most important scene, plot-wise. But, tonally, this is about as good a representation of what this movie is about as you’re likely to find, my dear friend.

Also they got a guy in this named Dr. Mittenhand, and he’s half-robot because of one of his own experiments.

Dr… Mittenhand.

Anyway, enough about plot. How are you? I hope you’re doing better than Kowalski, the space marine who’s dick was exploded in the leprechaun’s rebirthing process. That’s what you get for being a character in a Leprechaun movie, I guess. But what do you get for being a fan of these movies? Is your time rewarded? Is your opinion cared for? How’s your mother doing? I’ve really begun to look forward to these check-ins I get to do with each of these movies. If you’ve been following the whole time, please, I want to know who you are and why you are reading this. I’m fascinated by people being brought together by a shared interest in what is now a direct-to-video franchise. So tell me about yourself. You’ve probably seen the other ones, right? Nobody’s jumping into the franchise with entry number four, are they? Are you? Because holy crap, if this is your FIRST Leprechaun movie, you have absolutely none of the precedence and context of the three earlier entries. And you know something? You’re probably no worse off.

Really, truly, honestly… The most you need to know about these movies is that the leprechaun is a Bad Guy. Capital B, capital G. He’s this franchise’s Freddy Krueger, in more ways than one. Yes, he’s the main antagonist in a long-running series, but the similarities don’t end there. For instance, there is really no better comparison for the leprechaun’s wisecracks. They are downright Freddy-like; each funny little quip making you feel more and more like “Krueger” will show up in the credits as an assistant writer or something.

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But on top of saying funny things when he kills people, the leprechaun is like Freddy in the scope of his powers. Because he’s not Jason or Michael, stalking his victims, slowly following them before whipping out a machete. No, this guy uses all sorts of magic and powers and spells to kill people. Not really too sure why he kills people. Maybe the leprechaun just likes killing? It just seems as though every ten minutes the Leprechaun just thinks “Oh, here I go killing again!” Even if he’s in space? And it’s great because, being a magical leprechaun, our guy kills in these super elaborate ways. They’re like Freddy’s nightmare sequences, where elaborate set pieces set up surreal kills, except, in this series, the budget is about half of a Freddy flick.

One final link to Freddy Krueger, specifically the fourth movie in his franchise: Fans will doubtlessly remember how Freddy is resurrected in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. You’re with me on this one right? This is the one where Freddy’s bones are buried in sacred grounds (see A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors). Then, because a movie has to happen, a dog pisses flames on that sacred ground and Freddy is revived.

Weird, then, that the fourth movie in the Leprechaun franchise also features the vanquished antagonist resurrected via piss. Is that weird? I don’t even know anymore. Only four movies in, and this franchise has warped my perception of weirdness. Honestly, while I was watching it, this piss sequence felt like a no-brainer. “Oh of course, after the leprechaun explodes, a space marine pisses on the pieces, causing a resurrection.”

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I’ll be honest, gang, I’m… Uh, I am starting to lose it with this one. Not enjoyment, I’m still holding onto that. I think I’m starting to lose my marbles a little bit. I don’t know why, but this franchise has made me want to smoke less weed, if that makes sense? Like I’m not getting bugged out or anything, it’s just that there’s something sad about a guy sitting in a dark room watching Leprechaun movies smoking too much weed. And although I won’t say that the Leprechaun franchise is putting a strain on my relationship, I will note that it is taxing to devote time to something your partner is mostly repelled by.

So anyway, this Dr. Mittenhand guy has contracted these marines to take out our ol’ leprechaun pal. It’s the plot of Alien mixed with the plot of Aliens. It was made in 1996, so a lot of these actors seem like they’re straight out of Starship Troopers. But also there are these huge, gooey creature designs that are super-reminiscent of The Thing. I’d say that Leprechaun 4 “wears its influences on its sleeve,” but that might be too subtle a metaphor. This thing IS its influences, and not in a “greater than the sum of its parts” kind of way. It’s so much fun though, like a tour through all those better, more well-remembered movies.

I, for one, loved this movie and I think it’s the strongest entry in the series so far. I am just stupid enough to really enjoy this entry.

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This is the most outrageously fun Leprechaun movie so far. Emphasis on the “outrageous,” really. I am truly baffled that they’re already in space on the fourth go-round. Like… It took Jason a full TEN movies to get to space. Here is the zany escalation of locales in the leprechaun franchise so far:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Las Vegas
  4. Space

By the franchise’s own internal logic, the next movie’s location has to be more ridiculous, right? The fifth movie is Leprechaun In Da Hood. DA HOOD. No, no, not “The Hood.” Da, because you know… “Urban.” Yeesh. Well, let’s hope that this will be a more tasteful representation of an underprivileged location and the people who inhabit it. It would be a shame if this next movie just exploited an entire community. But hey! Ice-T will be there! And Ice-T makes everything better.

I hope you’re well, I’m losing my mind, I’ll see you next time! Please, please, if you have made it this far, let me know! Hit me up on twitter @billreick, or send an email to Billreick@gmail.com. We could be penpals! You can tell me why you think I’ve abandoned my responsibilities in pursuit of writing about this series!

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