Horror

Going to the Chapel… – Leprechaun 2 (1994)


Warwick Davis and the leprechaun he plays are back in a second installment that finds the imp looking for a bride as he has just turned a thousand years old. Nothing is quite as simple as that though and he misses out on his intended thanks to his current hostage. So it is that he curses said captive before he kills him, swearing he will marry his descendent a thousand years hence taking the audience to the current day where indeed, a young woman becomes the leprechaun’s target for his two-thousandth birthday.

The film follows the same mould set out for it from the first picture with Davis injecting a lot of campy humour into the proceedings, most of it in rhyme and almost all of it followed by some form of horrific violence. As for the blood and guts of it all, it is perhaps just a little more extreme than the first picture which as far as horror goes, makes it that more enjoyable. Lubdan the Leprechaun is just a tiny bit meaner than he was in the first film with most of that not necessarily coming from greed, but from loneliness for even a leprechaun can be lonely. Suffice it to say though, it is hard to feel sorry for the guy as he eliminates all that stand in the way of what he wants. Standing in his way is Cody Ingalls as played by Charlie Heath and doing so as his girlfriend is Shevonne Durkin, the woman that is the center of attention.

Where the first film was okay, this movie improves upon it by far with more horror and the comedy toned down just a little bit. Davis is excellent in the role as the maniacal leprechaun and one can tell that he is having more than a bit of fun with it. As for the rest of the cast, they are only present to give Lubdan something to do making them almost inconsequential. They all do a fine job with what they are given, but there is no mistaking that this is a showcase for Davis and what he brings to the table.

That all being said, it is still a little corny at times and there are moments that are just a bit cheesy, but one cannot help but smile as writers Turi Meyer and Al Septien write a smart script and give the audience what was needed, something the first film tried to do, but could not quite deliver. Overall, the second Leprechaun movie was a boon to the burgeoning series, though it would be the last one to appear on the big screen, the rest of them going straight to video.

3 out of 5

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