The Horror Honeys: Leprechaun Returns to tha Hood... And Hopefully For the Last Time

Leprechaun Returns to tha Hood... And Hopefully For the Last Time

A Guest Monster Honey Review by Jennica

Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)

Leprechaun (1993) was one of my earliest memories of a horror franchise, possibly only preceded by Child's Play (1988) at the age of three. I watched all of the best bloody film series early on, but Warwick Davis's buckled leather shoes and tophat were burned into my memory forever. Unlike many of the horror icons at the time, the Leprechaun wasn't just a man with a lethal phallic symbol and clever one-liners. With his claw-like fingernails, distorted face, and folkloric origin, he wasn't much different from  the classic Universal monsters. And he was just my size.

Over the years, I've seen the greedy little shit wreak havoc on the Veruca Salts of Earth and beyond. I've seen him go to Hollywood, Las Vegas, outer space, and tha hood. But until recently, I had never seen the green-eyed monster go back to tha hood. But hey, why not? After all, there are only so many places to which his wee little legs can carry him. 

Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003) tells the story of Emily (Tangi Miller), a south central L.A. girl with big dreams who visits a fortune teller and is warned that she will encounter an opportunity to acquire riches but it must be declined. After she discovers a treasure chest full of gold coins, she decides to roll her eyes at the fortune teller's warning and share the wealth with her friends, including her drug-dealing ex-boyfriend. Emily soon learns that the gold belongs to a vengeful leprechaun who has been resurrected from the grave to go back 2 tha hood.  

Maybe we should lay off the weed for a while... 
I'm not entirely sure what happened to the Leprechaun since his last departure from tha hood, but I seem to remember that he had some gangster rhyming skills. And didn't he have a rap video toward the end of the movie? Bitches love rap videos. This bitch was disappointed to see that the leprechaun returned to tha hood without any bad-ass rhymes or a record deal. 

Old habits die hard
On the bright side, you can spare yourself the stupidity that is Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood because the only one-liners that are even remotely humorous are included in the trailer.

One of the many things that has solidified my love for the Leprechaun franchise over the years is the risqué nature of the kills. They weren't just gory or inventive, they pushed the envelope to the point of it being a miracle that at least a couple of the sequels didn't get slapped with an NC-17 rating. My memory of Leprechaun 3 (1995) for example, is a little fuzzy but I never forgot about the exploding tits and ass. 

Unlike its predecessors, however, Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood seemed to play it safe. Not only were the majority of the murder tactics redundant, but they were unimaginative. When people sit down to watch these movies, everyone knows that there will be a body count. But part of the fun is finding out how it all happens.

This movie doesn't have a leg to stand on...
As the movie came to a close, the ultimate solution to the tiny leprechaun problem in tha hood struck me as illogical on account of the fact that that method had to be used a second time for it to be successful. If the little guy didn't die the first time, maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board. These are the kinds of people who probably push the button at the crosswalk multiple times while waiting for the light to change.

Jennica's Rating: 1 Gold Coin out of 5

If you're going to kick it with the Leprechaun in tha hood, I assure you that his first visit is much more in sync with the tone and style of the other films in the series. As much as I love the Leprechaun franchise, I'd rather not see the leprechaun come back at all than see another sequel as weak as Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood.