Leprechaun: The Review (Sort of)

Hello everyone. Sorry it took so long to finally get around to this, but let’s just say it has been a particularly crappy couple of weeks since I watched Leprechaun. Mostly my job. I have a soul vampire of a corporate job where the award is you get a paycheck and you get up and do it again the next day. The song “The Pretender” by Jackson Browne pretty much says how I feel about life right now. But all is not lost. I do receive comfort from quality movies such as “Leprechaun”, oh wait….

Well with low expectations I watched the movie and let’s say it did not exceed any of them. It is labeled a “horror/comedy” on the cover of the DVD I have. It comes up short on both. This film is a 1993 offering from writer/director Mark Jones who has brought us other sizzling cinematic options as 1998’s Nightman and 1995’s Rumpelstiltskin. Mental note to check those fine films out. I am sure there are criterion versions out there.

Well I suppose I should start with the “plot”. To be fair there is a story there, not much of one, but one is there nevertheless. There is a brief backstory of an Irishman who has somehow ripped off our friend the Leprechaun and has his pot of gold. Not really sure how this happened, just accept that it does. He tells his wife they are rich and their worries are over. Our little wee person shows up and let’s just say that our Irish friend regrets stealing his gold. The gold isn’t actually found by the Leprechaun and there is this bit where our Irish friend traps the Leprechaun in a crate with a four leaf clover. I won’t go into too much detail just in case you actually want to watch this turd.

This brings us to present day and Tory (Jennifer Aniston) and her father riding down the road. Apparently she is out visiting her dad for the summer. She of course is constantly bitching on how she doesn’t want to be there and how she hates it. Now before I go too much further, I cannot go without saying that Jennifer Aniston is just simply awful. I mean bad. I have never been a fan, but seeing this performance, it makes me wonder even harder how she became famous. So Tory and her father wind up at his new home that is getting remodeled. From there we meet Nathan played by Ken Olandt. Of course we know immediately that Tory and Nathan will be love interest.

The home in which Tory’s dad owns, coincidentally is the one our Irish friend and his wife owned. From this point we meet our other “heroes”. Alex and Ozzie, or in other words, our comedy relief. I use that term in the broadest sense. They offer very little comedy and no relief. In just this moment while writing this, I just realized what I was doing. I am sitting here trying to write up a deep dive write up for a movie that no one gives two shits about. It’s a bad early 90s horror film. Not good enough to be anywhere near a classic nor is it a so bad it’s good movie. So in mid review, I am abandoning this and will continue with Leprechaun II and hope it is better than this. I think instead I am going to give a quick review of the cd I was listening to while writing this. I am listening to the 1991 Crash Test Dummies CD: “The Ghosts That Haunt Me”. I decided on a whim to listen to it, remembering that I really liked it when it came out. I must say I still like it. It’s a laid back CD and the vocals of Brad Roberts are really fits in with the material . The songs are light hearted and easy on the ears. It is just a good pop album. At the time, these guys were one of the few “new” bands I liked. The sounds run from jaunty to melancholy. The big hit from this album was “Superman’s Song”. A surprisingly thoughtful song concerning the death of Superman. I don’t know, all I can say I just like it. It brings back some good memories and makes me smile. If an album can do that for you, it is worth its weight in gold.

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