Sunday, September 14, 2014

Leprechaun (1993)

Director: Mark Jones

Writer: Mark Jones

Composers: Kevin Kiner, Robert J. Walsh

Starring: Warwick Davis, Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt, Mark Holton, Robert Hy Gorman, Shay Duffin, John Sanderford, John Voldslad, Pamela Mant, William Newman, David Permenter, Raymond C. Turner, Heather Kennedy, Tim Garrick

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Your luck just ran out

Plot: An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? Nope.

Ugh.  I picked up the 5-movie box set at a yard sale for less than 5 bucks and now I want my money and time back.  It's obnoxious and largely unfunny and there's barely any gore.  Blood on someone's face is hardly gory.  It's more the language than violence that makes this rated R.  Is that Warwick Davis' voice?  It feels like it's someone else.  It's Jennifer Aniston's feature film debut if that's worth anything to you.  It is kind of neat seeing her right before she made the big time with FRIENDS.  And then there's Mark Holton (as the doofus, Ozzie), the guy who stole Pee Wee's bike in PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (1985). Some of the acting is pretty bad but overall it's OK.  The music is credited with two composers and when you see it you can tell.  Half the score sounds like a typical synth horror score playing it cute and the other half sounds like it's for a Spielberg family picture.  The latter I like, the former was agonizing.  I guess I just didn't care for the wise-cracking leprechaun that felt like a pint-sized Freddy Kruger. It wasn't funny or scary (not that horror movies can scare me anymore) and I was ready for it to end a half hour in.  I was hoping I'd enjoy it enough to want to see two of the sequels (the ones in the hood and in space) but I'm turned off least for now.  I reckon I'll make a few bucks off the set on ebay.  That should ease the pain a little.

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