With Leprechaun in the Hood, the franchise somewhat returns to form and it finds Ice-T looking for a payday. The man finds it though not in the way he would expect as what he discovers is gold and that guarded by a leprechaun who comes to life and who will protect it no matter what it takes, that usually being extreme violence. With a bit of luck, the leprechaun is put on ice so to speak until many years later when three young rappers are robbing the man who refused to sign them to a record contract, the man being Ice-T now rich and famous, they accidentally release Lubdan from his stone form and throughout the rest of the movie, it sees the mythical figure try to regain that which is his while those that end up in his wake suffer greatly.
Good to see with this picture is more comedy and more horror, though sometimes the former overtakes the latter and much of it tends to be not as funny as it might have been when first released. Warwick Davis is back as Lubdan and he is in fine form, cackling it up and rhyming his threats. As for the rest of the cast, Ice-T is as solid as they come, though Anthony Montgomery as Postmaster P., the up-and-comer rap artist who thinks that the only way to gain fame is to steal the leprechaun’s magic flute is quite good as well while everyone else would put in some decent performances. Davis of course is the star of the show, especially once the leprechaun starts to partake in the many vices present throughout. Davis’ rapping at the end of the movie is both hilarious and ridiculous and can either be looked at as either genius or cringe-worthy. As it is, there is a little bit of something for everybody in this movie whether they realize it or not.
While taking the classic formula that worked so well for the first three films in the series and mixing in a little Blaxploitation seemed risky, it definitely paid off as the movie turned out to be quite enjoyable. It might not have been the best of the bunch, but it was the shot in the arm that the series needed to get back on track. It may not be high art, but it was not all bad either.
2.5 out of 5