What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than by drinking green beer and binging on the Leprechaun movies?! The first Leprechaun movie came out nearly 23 years ago and spawned a 7 movie franchise. All of them, minus the newest one in the franchise, Leprechaun Origins, star the talented Warwick Davis who plays the wickedly sadistic little Irish bastard. He’s not so bad though, unless you have something he wants…
The first 4 movies in the franchise are quirky and entertaining, but after that, they go downhill. Some people have a strict policy of watching movies chronologically, starting with the first and ending with the last in the series, while others jump around because they favor certain films over the others. After reading this list of all of the Leprechaun movies ranked, it may help determine which ones to watch… and ones to avoid completely.
Leprechaun Origins (2014)
In the newest movie of the franchise, audiences witness a new appearance to the Leprechaun… as a creature of the night.
Leprechaun Origins was created 11 years after the 6th installment; it stars the wrestler Dylan Postl as the Leprechaun and strays away from the original movies. It tells the origin of the Leprechaun and the history of the village where he came from. The story revolves around a group of friends who are vacationing on the Irish countryside and are hunted down by the nasty little mug. The creature steals a gold earring from one of the girls and his lust for the precious metal grows stronger. The people of the village do nothing to help, as they see the girl as a sacrifice to make the Leprechaun happy. Although this movie was promising, the story didn’t deliver and left most fans disappointed with this new creature and missing the old one that everyone has come to know and love.
Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)
The Leprechaun is in the hood… again.
We didn’t really need the first one and we most definitely didn’t need the second one. It’s just simply… horrible.
Leprechaun: In the Hood (2000)
“A friend with weed is a friend indeed, but a friend with gold is the best I’m told.”
Not much needs to be said about this movie as the title is pretty self-explanatory; the Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in the hood. It’s not the worst movie out of the franchise, although it does have some entertaining bits, but unlike some of the previous stories, this one lacks creativity. The only good thing about it is the cheesy one liners and the fact that Ice-T plays Mack Daddy!
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)
Oh shit, he’s in space now? This Leprechaun dude sure gets around!
In the 4th installment of the Leprechaun movies, the gold-hungry hellion goes to a remote planet in space to woo a Princess in hopes of becoming King of her planet. They agree to marry each other; however, each one is secretly planning the other one’s demise. The Princess wants him for his gold and jewels and he wants her for the peerage. The stand out scene and high point of this movie is when the Leprechaun comes out of a guy’s penis! It’s a silly story, but fun and entertaining.
Leprechaun 2 (1994)
“She sneezes once, she sneezes twice, she’ll be me bride when she sneezes thrice.”
It’s the Leprechaun’s one thousandth birthday and this time, he wants more than just gold.
This year, he decides to select a descendant from one of his slaves to be his bride against her will. Her boyfriend has to save her, but who will believe him? Fun fact: this is the only movie in the Leprechaun franchise that takes place on St. Patrick’s Day.
Leprechaun 3 (1995)
“There was an old man of Madras whose balls were made of fine brass. So in stormy weather they both clang together, and sparks flew out of his ass.”
In the third movie in the series, the sadistic Leprechaun terrorizes Las Vegas; killing people, granting twisted wishes, and infecting a man with his green blood! Although this is the 3rd installment, it is one of the more popular ones in the franchise, as well as the favorite of Warwick Davis. What makes it stand out from the rest is the commentary and situations are hilarious throughout the entire movie – a nonstop laugh fest!
“Ah! Try as they will, and try as they might, who steals me gold won’t live through the night.”
Finally, the movie that introduced the little dude in green with the gold buckles on his shoes. This one starts out with the Leprechaun being captured by an Irish man who traps him in a crate with a four leaf clover. Years later, he escapes after the clover is removed and goes out in search of his gold. He’s delighted when he finds his stash, but after counting the coins, he discovers that some are missing and goes on a killing rampage to find them. The Leprechaun himself has become a cult classic amongst horror fans and for good reason. This is the first movie from Trimark as well as Jennifer Aniston’s film debut, amazingly enough. Like the next five installments, this one stars Warwick Davis, an incredibly talented actor with an outstanding career full of popular movies. He also happens to be one of the shortest actors in Hollywood, standing at a mere 3’6”.
The Leprechaun movies as a whole may not be the best horror franchise out there, but the first four have certainly become fan favorites and always provide a good laugh with witty dialogue. Most horror fans can’t even imagine St. Patrick’s Day without breaking out one of the Leprechaun movies and indulging in a little cheesy fun!