Leprechaun in the Hood – USA, 2000

‘Evil’s in the house’

Leprechaun in the Hood is a 2000 American comedy horror feature film co-produced and directed by Rob Spera (Witchcraft, 1988) from a screenplay co-written by Doug Hall and Jon Huffman. The Trimark Pictures production stars Warwick Davis, Ice-T, Anthony Montgomery, Rashaan Nall and Red Grant.

The film was followed by Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood in 2003.

Plot:

In Los Angeles, aspiring young hip-hop performers Butch (Red Grant), Postmaster P. (A.T. Montgomery) and Stray Bullet (Rashaan Nall) cross record producer Mack Daddy (Ice-T), their grudge against him leads to their own peril.

After they break into Mack Daddy’s home and swipe an ancient medallion from a grotesque statue, the evil Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) is freed from his magical prison. Soon, the Leprechaun is on the trail of Butch, Postmaster P. and Stray Bullet, along with Mack Daddy himself…

Reviews:

” …trades in the low-rent horror of its immediate predecessors for a plus-sized helping of campy humor. It’s a wise move, but the film is only intermittently amusing and not the least bit frightening. Of course, in the world of Z-grade rapsploitation and direct-to-video horror sequels, that’s more than enough to stand out like, well, a leprechaun in the ‘hood.” Nathan Rabin, AV Club

“Bloody, broad, and comically brutal, it’s blaxploitation at its best.” Mike Flaherty, Entertainment Weekly

“The flick isn’t really super violent, considering, and the sex is toned down from previous installments of the series. If you are looking for a time passer while sipping your Irish coffee or green beer, you might check this out with a large group of inebriated friends. Really dumb, but entertaining.” IGN

” …as long as you go in expecting pure cheese (and how could you not, bearing in mind what it’s called) then Leprechaun in the Hood will satisfy to a degree. It’s definitely not going to end up in your top fifty horror films list (or even your top ten killer midgets list) but it’s odd enough to keep you entertained for a while.” That Was a Bit Mental

Warwick Davis gives another stellar performance as Leprechaun.  He seems to be having more fun here than he did in the last film, that’s for sure […] The pacing is erratic, the cinematography is cruddy, and most of the songs (with the exception of Leprechaun’s rap that is) are terrible. That shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the flick though.” The Video Vacuum

Cast and characters:

  • Warwick Davis … Leprechaun
  • Ice-T … Mack Daddy – Bloodrunners
  • Anthony Montgomery … Postmaster P. (as A.T. Montgomery)
  • Rashaan Nall … Stray Bullet
  • Red Grant … Butch
  • Dan Martin … Jackie Dee
  • Lobo Sebastian … Fontaine Rivera
  • Ivory Ocean … Reverend Hanson
  • Jack Ong … Chow Yung Pi
  • Barima McKnight … Slug (as Bleu DaVinci)
  • Bebe Drake … Post’s Mother
  • Donna M. Perkins … Jackie Dee’s Wife (as Donna Perkins)
  • Daya Vaidya … Waitress #1
  • Chloe Hunter … Waitress #2
  • Lori J. Jones … Waitress #3

Related:

Leprechaun – USA, 1993

Leprechaun 2 – USA, 1994

Leprechaun 3 – USA, 1995

Leprechaun 4: In Space – USA, 1996

Leprechaun: Origins – USA, 2014

Leprechaun Returns – USA, 2018

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