Leprechaun (1993) starring Warwick Davis, Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt, Mark Holton directed by Mark Jones Movie Review

Leprechaun (1993)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Warwick Davis in Leprechaun (1993)

Aniston Needs Her Friends

Dan O'Grady (Shay Duffin) returns home to North Dakota from a trip to Ireland having found a Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) and forced him to show him his pot of gold, stealing it in the process. But the Leprechaun follows him to America and starts terrorizing him to get his pot of gold back till forcing Dan to seal him in his home's basement before collapsing from a heart attack before he can finish the little terror off. 10 years later and with Dan having been put in a care home J.D. Reding (John Sanderford) and his spoiled daughter Tory (Jennifer Aniston) move in to the old O'Grady home and accidentally let out the Leprechaun who starts terrorizing them and their friends to get his pot of gold back.

Jennifer Aniston in butt snuggling shorts for most of the movie is one of the most memorable aspects of "Leprechaun" the movie she starred in before "Friends" and she had the choice of much better movies to make. There are other memorable things in "Leprechaun" as well, the mask which Warwick Davis wears as the little monster is pretty good and his wavering Irish accent is quite amusing at the same time. But that is the thing about "Leprechaun" some of it is memorable whilst a lot is terrible which occasionally borders on the entertainingly bad.

Jennifer Aniston in Leprechaun (1993)

Now one of the biggest let downs about "Leprechaun" is the distinct lack of storyline as it boils down to Aniston as Tory along with some new friends such as Nathan, played by Ken Olandt, dealing with this little Irish monster who attacks them as he looks for his pot of gold which has to contain 100 pieces of gold, not just 99. That is it and whilst it has some quirks such as a character accidentally swallowing one of the coins to the Leprechaun's shoe cleaning affliction it is little more than one scene after another or the Irish terror attacking Tory and her friends.

Now all of these attacks are played for laughs as is most of the movie but it means that it ends up lacking variety. It also lacks horror as whilst only a 15 the level of frights is terrible and "Gremlins" is a lot more terrifying. So weak frights with a weak storyline means that "Leprechaun" is technically weak yet all of which leads it to border on the entertainingly bad.

What this all boils down to is that "Leprechaun" actually resides some where in between comedy and horror, not very funny, not very frightening yet still strangely entertaining with a few memorable scenes to make it worth the while to watch it at least once.