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John’s Horror Corner: Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996), the worst in the franchise so far.

June 30, 2016

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MY CALL: Nope, nope, nope. This is by far the worst in the franchise so far. MORE MOVIES LIKE Leprechaun in Space: Leprechaun (1993), Leprechaun 2 (1994), Leprechaun 3 (1995) and the further sequels taking Warwick Davis to “da hood.” Normally I’d warn you not to watch Leprechaun: Origins (2014)–terrible even for a direct-to-DVD B-movie–but it was actually better than Part 4. For more horror in space you’d be wise to turn to Event Horizon (1997), Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996) or Jason X (2001).

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You should wear a special suit to protect you from this movie.

With sequels, the stakes tend to get bigger with each subsequent story. Whereas Leprechaun (1993) had nothing of the sort, Leprechaun 2 (1994) boasted three wishes granted to a Leprechaun’s captor and his search for a bride, and Leprechaun 3 (1995) offered infectious Leprechaunthropy! How do we up the ante from there? How about going to space…???

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Evidently ball-gags happen in space.

The writing is absolutely the worst in the series (so far anyway), not that there’s any surprise about that. This entire movie looks like a space porno parody. Cheap space porno sets, stale space porno acting, wretched space porno special effects, and the Leprechaun even wields a light saber! Parts 2 and 3 were at least enjoyable for their silliness, but this just hurts to watch. It’s far beyond stupid.

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A group of colonial marines a la Aliens (1986) prepare to seek and destroy an alien life form responsible for stealing from their employer’s space mine yield. Hmmmm, I wonder who the alien is and what they’re mining…?

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When we meet our Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) he is wooing a space princess (Rebecca Carlton; Baywatch) dressed as a belly dancer complete with stripper glitter and a spiked bra. Much classier than our past iterations of this monstrous Irish species, he pulls out champagne and marriage proposals to position himself for a family career in mine management.

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After being left for dead by marines, our Leprechaun magically impregnates himself into a man’s crotch, who later gives birth to him through his penis (no gore or latex L ) with just bad enough timing to prevent us from seeing a fine space marine’s (Debbe Dunning; Home Improvement) boobs.

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Cheap horror normally offers only two things: boobs and blood. There’s a general shortage of both here–minimal gore and one brief boob flash that is exactly that, a deliberate boob flash by the character. Asinine!

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The extent of the special effects is limited to magical sparks, a comically flattened face, three exploding Leprechaun scenes and a rubber monster suit when someone is mutated into an insectoid monster and pretty much steals the show.

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As laughable as this sounds, take note that in four years the world has witnessed as many Leprechaun movies! So if we the movie-going people disapprove, we’re not exactly voting that opinion with our movie-buying dollar. I love cheap horror and all, but this has become too destitute to support.

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Yup. A giant Leprechaun happens.

Director Brian Trenchard-Smith (Night of the Demons 2, Leprechaun 3) had taken all of the already-shaky-at-best rules of evil Leprechauns and thrown them out the window to bring us the story of a short, ugly, wizard with humbly moderate powers aiming to become a robber baron miner thorugh marriage. In fact, the mutant spider monster felt like more of a menace than the Leprechaun. My how far the franchise has fallen.

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Yup. She somehow loses her pants.

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The director of one of these fine films once suggested that each Leprechaun movie was about a different Leprechaun, which is the only sensible notion in the entire series considering that we have seen three Leprechauns meet horrible deaths in three states (South Dakota, California and Nevada) and now two solar systems. If only this Leprechaun could have been the last of its mythological species. But alas, such creatures of folklore have yet to befall “da hood” in, YES, a yet 5th installment in this series. I rue the day I have to sit through that!

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Oh, how original. Let’s blow him out the air hatch into spaaaaace.
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Outside of a few pleasantly recognizable faces, among those not yet mentioned were Miguel A. Núñez Jr. (Return of the Living Dead) and Jessica Collins (The Young and the Restless), this movie has no redeeming qualities even in the realm of bad B-movies. Don’t ever watch it!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2016 12:02 pm

    I had no idea there was a Leprechaun 4, or that it was set in space! LOL! The films you mention, Event Horizon, Hellraiser Bloodlines, and Jason X are favourites of mine, and I’m sure are way better than anything Leprechaun 4 can muster.

    • John Leavengood permalink
      June 30, 2016 12:04 pm

      Lep 4 is painful. There’s also TWO movies that send the Leprechaun to “the hood.” TWO!!!! And then the awful reboot.

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