Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996) Review: Campy and Fun

“One small step for man. One giant leap of terror!”

Synopsis: Our deadly leprechaun is in space to woo a beautiful princess who is impressed with his gold and desires to separate him from it.

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Calamity Brains:

If Codex Mortis had a dictionary, Leprechaun 4 would be listed as the definition of “so bad it’s good.” Of course, any film with the premise of a magical leprechaun murdering space marines as he woos an alien princess is inherently campy, but Leprechaun 4 takes ridiculous to new heights.

If you didn’t like Leprechaun 3, you won’t like this movie. If you did, odds are you’ll appreciate the sheer lunacy of this flick.

The leprechaun (Warwick Davis) is his usual wisecracking self, but now instead of cursing unlucky mortals, he’s dodging bullets, regenerating, and plotting galactic takeovers. Soldiers (including Miguel Núñez and Geoff Meed) do their best to kill him while scientists (Jessica Collins, Gary Grossman) carry out secret plans. The whole thing is overseen by the utterly hilarious Dr. Mittenhand (Guy Siner), a cyborg abomination who acts like a cross between John Lithgow and Gary Oldman.

It’s impossible to convey exactly how much of a purposeful disaster this movie is. The sets look like something out of Xena and early Star Trek. Most special effects are easily surpassed by video games of the time. The acting is naturally over-the-top and ridiculous. But here’s the best part, guys: some of the effects are actually good. Some of the dialogue and concepts are actually clever. More than one murder method is completely unexpected. It’s a surprising and delightful combination.

If you’re a fan of absurdity, this movie is a must-see. For those of you who aren’t, but still want to make it through the franchise, you have my [confused] sympathies and our drinking game.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: B+
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The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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