Here are the eight extant “Leprechaun” films in order of their release: 

  • “Leprechaun” (1993)
  • “Leprechaun 2” (1994)
  • “Leprechaun 3” (1995)
  • “Leprechaun 4: In Space” (1997)
  • “Leprechaun in the Hood” (2000)
  • “Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood” (2003)
  • “Leprechaun: Origins” (2014)
  • “Leprechaun Returns” (2018)

Warwick Davis played the Leprechaun in the first six films, and they all presumably share a continuity, although the connections between the sequels aren’t terribly strong. The stories all surround the theft of the Leprechaun’s gold and the monster’s bloody fashion of reclaiming it. The Leprechaun has wicked magic and a monstrous face, but still wears a little green top hat, buckled shoes, and green-striped stockings. A Leprechaun can be trapped in a box indefinitely, provided its capturer places a four-leaf clover on top. If a Leprechaun sees dirty shoes, it has to compulsively stop and clean them. The shoes conceit only occasionally comes up. 

Only the first two “Leprechaun” movies were released theatrically. Notably, “Leprechaun 3” and “Leprechaun 4: In Space” were directed by longtime B-movie luminary Brian Trenchard-Smith of “Dead End Drive-In” and “Turkey Shoot” fame. Yes, the fourth film does indeed take place in space, on board a starship in the year 2096. There is a mutant, a cyborg, a space princess, and laser gun battles, all while Warwick Davis cackles maniacally. It’s wild, although “In Space” is not nearly as crazy as Rob Spera’s “Leprechaun in the Hood,” one of the weirdest horror sequels of all time. Set in ’03 South Central Los Angeles, that film involves the Leprechaun seeking a magic flute. The monster smokes weed in between murders. It ends with Warwick Davis rapping about being an evil Leprechaun.

Sadly, in comparison, “Back 2 tha Hood” is relatively restrained.

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