Leprechaun 2 (1994) Review: Warwick Davis Gets Creepy
“This time, luck has nothing to do with it!”
Synopsis: On his one thousandth birthday, an evil leprechaun selects the descendant of one of his slaves to have as his bride, leaving it up to the girl’s boyfriend to save her.
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Leprechaun 2 improves on the first movie by quite a bit, but still falls short of the ridiculousness we know and love in the later movies. This time, the titular leprechaun (Warwick Davis) is seeking a bride, so on top of the usual slasher goodness of the series, things also get pretty uncomfortable sexually. We also begin to see much more of the leprechaun’s abilities, as he now has his gold back – the source of his power.
The leprechaun having powers makes for a much more entertaining movie than the first one. His frequent use of telekinesis and illusions means that not only are situations more ridiculous, but his kills are more fun. (There’s one particularly spectacular one involving boobs and a lawnmower.) Maybe the Leprechaun franchise hadn’t quite found its stride yet in number two, but it’s much closer.
One major issue I had with this movie is that it really begged for consequences at the end, and there weren’t any. Normally, that would be an issue in such a silly series (I don’t normally expect consequences from the dumb movies)… but a substantial amount of the plot for Leprechaun 2 focuses on Cody (Charlie Heath) being blamed for the leprechaun’s shenanigans. I was hard-pressed to believe any possible happy ending for the lovebirds even after they escaped from Warwick Davis.
Leprechaun 2 isn’t perfect, but it is fun. There are a ton of one-liners, creative kills, and ridiculous special effects. (Some of the practical effects are quite good as well.) It’s not the best of the Leprechaun movies, but it’s a substantial improvement over the first one, and worth a watch for fans of campy slashers.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: B-
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