Director: Rob Spera
Stars: Warwick Davis, Ice-T, Anthony Montgomery, Rashaan Nall, Red Grant, Dan Martin, Donna M. Perkins
A critic's take: “The horror scenes are completely scare-free, and even the gore is extremely tame! There are a few simply awful attempts at comedy, such as when our heroes dress up as women to sneak into a hotel… There's also a rap sequence at the end in which we are treated to the finest cinematic musical number by an inhuman creature since Howard the Duck.” - Scott Weinberg (EFilmCritic)
Why it's bad (meaning good): When Leprechaun came out in 1993, no one was crying out for a sequel. Fun in a forgettable kind of way, the little goblin’s first adventure performed admirably at the box office (earning over $8 million on a $900,000 budget) but hardly pit itself against supervillain-driven horror franchises like Friday The 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street. That didn’t stop actor Warwick Davis and repetitive producers from milking Leprechaun for all its worth, though; to date, we’ve been assaulted by six—that’s right, six—movies, all of them dire.
To its credit, Leprechaun: In The Hood is at least ridiculously entertaining. The series’ fifth installment, Davis’ foray into the hip-hop culture is hilariously out of touch and just a wee bit stereotypical. Just check out the names of the film’s struggling rapper characters: Stray Bullet and Postmaster P. Both of which aren’t nearly as bad as Ice-T’s record producer counterpart’s moniker, Mac Daddy O’Nassas. Even better, Mac and Mr. Leprechaun are, get this, fighting over a magical flute. Though, in his absurd quest, Leppy Lep does find time to get super lifted with a huge bong. Because what’s more hip-hop than that?