Exploitation Retrospect | The Journal of Junk Culture and Fringe Media
Leprechaun 2 (1994)
Vidmark Home Video | Review by Dan Taylor

Leprechaun 2 directed by Rodman FlenderSome inexplicable sequels have been coming down the pike lately, namely NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2 and this Rodman Flender-helmed installment of the LEPRECHAUN series. That's right, the Flendermeister -- once the king of head-spinning video action like THE UNBORN and IN THE HEAT OF YOUR PANTS, oops, PASSION -- gets a big-time shot with something that actually plays in your mutli-plex.

So, with our bellies fortified with Hacked Chicken, Chinese Pizza and assorted entrees (courtesy of Bo's Wok, Route 130 in Cinnaminson, NJ -- best Hacked Chicken around...maybe the only Hacked Chicken around!) we hunkered down for a nearly-deserted midnight show, ready to be mesmerized, hypnotized and yes, Flenderized!

Opening kookily enough, the evil Leprechaun (a returning Warwick Davis) attempts to turn the blonde daughter of his slave into his willing bride with an odd sneezing curse -- She sneezes once, she sneezes twice, she'll be my bride when she sneezes thrice! -- but it backfires, she gets away and he even has to do in his own slave! Shit, and good help is so hard to find. Luckily the Lep pops up in LA 1000 years after this rejection and professes to win the hand of her descendent -- with the same damn sneezing curse! Hey, when you find something that works, you gotta beat it to death!

Much to our elfin hero's chagrin, blondie #2 is just as repulsed by the very sight of him and RESISTS! Then again, she's got this big ol' ugly mole on her face and a speech impediment that starts out kinda cute but had me screaming by the final reel. Do I have to mention that her boyfriend highly disapproves of this unholy union and hooks up with his greedy, booze jockey of an uncle to put the kibosh on the marriage? I didn't think so.

Despite a few typically Flenderesque moments (a bathroom encounter with a dwarf, a dwarf drinking contest, a killer pot of gold) LEPRECHAUN 2 only has one thing goin' for it -- dwarves, dwarves and more dwarves! Give it a bonus star for having more "little people" than anything since TERROR OF TINY TOWN.

Unfortunately, "Where's me gold?" and "Kiss me, I'm Irish" don't seem to be sweeping the country as our latest catch phrases. Let's hope Flender gets another chance.

[Editor's Note: I guess we got our wish since Flender went from directing LEPRECHAUN 2 to helming episodes of everything from 'Arliss' and 'Chicago Hope' to 'Milennium,' 'Dawson's Creek' and 'Party of Five.' And he returned to the big screen in 1999 with IDLE HANDS (co-starring Seth Green of AUSTIN POWERS), a horror film about a teenager who discovers that his hand has a murderous mind of its own!]


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