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Leprechaun in the Hood

Evil's in the House indeed with Leprechaun 5. Since the abysmal disaster that was Leprechaun in Space, we now have a whole new spin on the universe of the Lep. I was treated to a viewing of this movie just recently (Just in time for St. Patty's Day!) and now shall you be served a review of it, along with your cold corned beef and cabbage.

The movie starts off strong with Mack Daddy (Ice T) and a crony of his finding their way to the Leprechauns (Warwick Davis) now dark and cold home. Mack Daddy is after the Leps magical flute, even though we never find out how he knows it's magical. We soon find out that it has brought him wealth, health and lots of success.

Being the head of a gangsta rap label is hard work, but it's even harder trying to become large as a positive rap group. In steps Stray Bullet, Butch and Postmaster P (Anthony Montgomery). They suck, is the consensus and they need something that can bring them to the top and fast before the big battle of the bands in Las Vegas.

In pops Mack Daddy with all of his money and fame. Since Stray Bullet seems to know Mack, he gets them a sort of tryout for the label. Mack Daddy doesn't like what he hears but they're hungry so he'll give him a shot. The only catch is they need to give up their positive outlook and go gangsta. Postmaster P is not swayed and so Mack kicks them the hell out!

So then they decide to get back at Mack, by stealing his shit! They end up going gangsta after all! When they arrive at Macks place, they didn't count on one thing; stealing the wrong necklace that keeps the Leprechaun in stone form!

Once they take the necklace, and Macks flute, they are thrown in a crazy adventure about rapping, killing, getting large and arguments about physical and meta-physical phenomenon.

Starring in this movie caused Ice-T's face to bleed!

Personally, I have not seen all of the Leprechaun movies. 1 and 2, I couldn't finish the horrible piece of crap that was 4 and I just recently watched 5. I'd have to say that after watching 5, it kind of helped out the series considering 4. Once you go "In Space!" usually there is no going back. However, Leprechaun has never been about continuity. With every movie, new rules are introduced and taken away. One scene may have the Leprechaun die a certain way, the next may have him immune to it. One movie ends in space, the next begins in the hood. You can't follow it, so don't try.

Really, the plot of this movie doesn't get too ridiculous until they add the Lep in there. When it's about 3 guys trying to make it big "Hey, go for it guys!" but when it's 3 guys trying to make it big while a Leprechaun is after his loot that they stole, well things get a bit crazy.

"I said I'm wearing green y'all! I'm short and can't be seen y'all!"

I couldn't help but wonder why Butch wouldn't get out of Compton based on his scholarly feats. The guy knew all about mixing chemicals and such so why not go and be a pharmacist and forget the rap? Because then we wouldn't have a Lep in the Hood!

Either way, if I was using a rating system of any kind, this movie would get 2 and a half pots of gold out of 5. The plot is crazy, the slapstick humor exists, there is just too much pop culture mashing here to pass up at least one sit through of this. Hopefully I can get my hands on Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood soon and make a comparison. From scenes of the Lep ripping off Macks finger to the final scene where Butch and Postmaster P dress up in drag and almost go down on the Lep to get the flute back, it's going to be hard to top.


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Bloodsplatter said...

Nice review, just found out about your website. I myself am a big B movie fan. I own all Leprechaun movies if you want some preview copies just let me know.

Anonymous said...

you shoulld review Motel Hell or Baseket Case

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