The Horror Honeys: Revenge of the Penis-Pixie!

Revenge of the Penis-Pixie!

A Sci-Fi Honey St. Patrick’s Day Review by Katie

Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996)

It’s the week of St. Patrick’s Day, and horror fans everywhere have been indulging in the film series most apropos for this ghoulishly green time of year: the Leprechaun films. The original Leprechaun made its debut in 1993 and garnered cult-classic status by being known as the film debut of Jennifer Aniston (poor girl), ridiculous kills (pogo-stick, anyone?) and eye-rollingly bad one-liners (“fuck you, Lucky Charms!”). Leprechaun was followed by five sequels and one prequel chronicling the titular tiny terror wreaking havoc in various locales, from Las Vegas to “the ‘hood.” On this Sci-Friday, I’ll be looking at the 4th entry in the series, the one that sends our Irish imp into orbit – 1996’s Leprechaun 4: In Space. Right off the bat, you’ve got to appreciate a movie that tells you everything you need to know about it in the title alone.

The film opens with little Lep on a distant planet where he wishes to marry a Space Princess and take over as ruler of her home planet, because he has a thirst for power and her ample rack. Their courtship (eww) is interrupted by a band of Space Marines, who kidnap the princess and bring her back to their ship, killing the Leprechaun in the process. Roll credits, right? Wrong. One of the Marines takes a moment to urinate on the corpse of the Leprechaun, and – in violation of the basic principles of science, and a defilement of conventional decency – the Leprechaun is resurrected from the genitalia of the Marine. Yes, you read that right. This is the kind of movie you’re going to experience when you settle in to watch Leprechaun 4: In Space, which probably should’ve been retitled Leprechaun 4: WTF Is Going On In Space.

Be thankful I didn't include a picture of it.
Predictably, the resurrected penis-pixie (dick-dwarf?) wreaks havoc on the crew of the ship, killing off the Space Marines in revoltingly comical fashion, even utilizing a lightsaber for one – because all movies set in space must contain lightsabers, obviously. He also undergoes a freakish growth spurt after being exposed to an “enlargement ray,” making him not quite as easy to throw, kick, or stomp on as he normally is. Warwick Davis reprises his role as the title character and for the first time ever, he doesn’t speak in rhyme – one of the most obnoxious traits of the Leprechaun in the first three films. For all the nonsense these films already throw at the viewer, at least in this case they chose to spare the audience from lame limericks.

My lightsaber be green/ and I'll jam it in your spleen!
Let’s get real: before you hit play on Leprechaun 4: In Space, you should already have a good idea of what you’re in for – and this movie delivers everything (and more) on that front. While the Leprechaun films gained cult status, they also achieved “guilty pleasure” status – we know these films are bad, but we enjoy them on some level anyway. Leprechaun 4: In Space seems tailor-made for that distinction, as if it were aiming for Mystery Science Theater levels of winking self-parody. My favorite character, “Dr. Mittenhand,” is a hilarious hybrid of Dr. Evil and Dr. Heiter, and actor Guy Siner delivers on the harebrained mad-scientist archetype with commendable gusto. His BrundleFly-like transformation is an even more over-the-top nod to classic sci-fi, and there’s something admirable about the film’s willingness to lampoon everything loveably cheesy about this genre.

Honey, I blew up the Leprechaun.
I don’t know at what point the Leprechaun films stopped trying to be horror and aimed solely for comedy, but this entry in the series is the rare Leprechaun film that strives to be intentionally funny – and for the most part, it succeeds. You know it’s going to be ridiculously bad, but you know you’re going to have a good time mocking it – and everyone involved with the film seems to know that, too.

Sci-Fi Honey Rating: Two dick-dwarfs out of five

Leprechaun 4 is available on Netflix DVD, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube VOD, Google Play,  & DVD