Leprechaun 2 (1994)

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Directed by Rodman Flender (surprisingly not a pseudonym)

Synopsis
Gaelic Leprechaun 2 starts out much the same way as Rumpelstiltskinonce upon a time in a European hamlet. St. Patrick’s Day is the Leprechaun’s thousandth birthday, and he’s decided to marry the daughter of his slave William as a birthday present to himself.

“She sneezes once, she sneezes twice, she’ll be me bride when she sneezes thrice… If no one saves her soul by speaking ‘God bless ya’, the fair maiden is mine forever.”

Well, the dad thwarts him by saying ‘God bless ya’ and gets his neck broken for his troubles, Darth Vader-style.

“A curse be placed upon your seed…” The Leprechaun orates. “You may have saved your daughter, but on me next thousandth birthday, I’ll stalk your fairest offspring and claim her as me bride.”

Fast-forward to present day Hollywood. Teenage Cody solicits schmucks for his uncle Mortimer’s (Sandy Baron, better remembered as Jack Klompus from Seinfeld) Darkside Tour, “…the most frightening experience of your life… the uncut, uncensored truth about Hollywood’s dark side.” Cameo alert: one of the schmucks is Clint Howard, the Ice Cream Man. Morty turns up too sloshed to move, so Cody gives the tour himself.

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Meanwhile, the Leprechaun emerges from an out-of-place tree on Harry Houdini’s old lot to rip the gold tooth from a hobo’s mouth. Then, he sets his sights on Cody’s girlfriend Bridget (holy shit this actress is bad), William’s great-great-great-etc. Question is, how many funerals will there be before the wedding?

Review (SPOILERS)
Last movie, our title villain was able to mimic voices, reattach severed limbs, employ minor trickery, teleportation and such, but here, he’s full-blown Merlin, whipping up elaborate illusions to hornswoggle our characters into killing themselves, such as the scene where meathead Ian thinks he’s groping naked Bridget’s ta-tas (an obvious boob double) but grinds himself up in a lawnmower. During an educational scene, we’re informed of a number of changes to series creator Mark Jones’ leprelore. Cody reads from an old text:

“Leprechauns are devious creatures. They’re conniving… They live by trickery, they even get pleasure out of it… They possess telekinetic powers and can turn invisible at will. They are masters of illusion. Both leprechauns and faeries can only be harmed by wrought iron.”

Wrought iron, eh? Seems out of left field, but I’ll roll with that.

Earlier on, we’re also shown that his faithful shillelagh doubles as a compass/dowsing rod, pointing him toward his future bride. Furthermore, it’s learnt that leprepeople are forced to “grant” wishes when caught, leading into a be careful what you wish for moment, ala Wishmaster.

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But yeah, not only does this one screw with the rules, Leprechaun 2 makes zero mention of its predecessor whatsoever. In fact, it seems to go out of its way to contradict it whenever it can.

Somewhere between this flick and the last, the Leprechaun aged fourteen-hundred years (he was six-hundred, now he’s two-thousand), came down with a bad case of Hulk Hogan hair and went from charred bones in a well outside of a North Dakota farmhouse to alive inside of a tree in Hollywood.

Let’s look at the facts. Part 1 came out in 1993. Story-wise, ten years prior, a man by the name of O’Grady crossed paths with the wily devil in Ireland. This time around, the Leprechaun emerges from a tree with a sign hanging from it that states, ”To our friend Harry Houdini, from the people of Killarney, Ireland”. I assume he shipped himself in the tree when his dead slave’s descendants set sail for The New World. Harry Houdini died in 1926. If we’re to believe the wee bugger was hibernating inside when it shipped before 1926, then how/why was he in Ireland again to cross paths with O’Grady some sixty/seventy years later, only to follow him back to the US, die in a well and somehow reincarnate back in the tree? Consistency, people. Maybe I’m missing something, but this is almost as bad as the Puppet Master series. Sheesh.

Despite all that, I like this Part 2 better than Part 1. Cody, Morty and Co. are more enjoyable than the cast of the last film, its jokes land closer to humor than stupid this time, and it feels better-paced.

The first was basically one sight gag after another. This one has its fare share of those, but also fun dialogue and performances. Except for Bridget. Bridget should have died. All in all, a decent improvement.

A Few Questions
How’d the Leprechaun age fourteen-hundred years between films?
What’s with the random unfitting music?
Where’d he get that go-kart of death (don’t tell me he welded it)?
How’d Cody know where the Leprechaun lived?

The Verdict
A wee bit better than Part 1 (see what I did there?). Buy it if you liked the last one.

Recommendations
Rumpelstiltskin (1995)
Wishmaster (1997)

LeprechaunMania Shamrock Shake™ Rating: Four Shakes
Shamrock Shake Scale 4

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