LEAPIN LEPRECHAUNS! 2
SPELLBREAKER: SECRET OF THE LEPRECHAUNS
Moonbeam and Nicolaous Leapin Leprechauns! (1995) was undeniably stolen in sizeable part from Disneys live-action masterpiece Darby OGill and the Little People (1959). Nevertheless, it was a light knockabout childrens film that derived entertainment value from the comic antics of several invisible, mischievous leprechauns being let loose in an average American household. This sequel is actually a better film than its predecessor. Leapin' Leprechauns! ended on a surprisingly dark climax (stolen direct from Darby OGill) with the characters having to battle Finvara, lord of the underworld, and racing against the arrival of the dark horse of death. That tone has been extended in Leapin' Leprechauns! 2. It abandons the light and frivolous slapstick tone of the first film and concentrates on a much stronger plot involving the witchs attempt to enchant the leprechauns and the young kid and his grandfather from the first film. It works as a much more vivid story while it is essentially a childrens film, it is conducted with some feeling and depth. The ending on an entrance into the underworld achieves something mythic and resonant.
Madeleine Potter plays with effective charms as as the witch and is balanced out by a return performance of wry, blarney likeability from John Bluthal and the endearingly comic blatherings of John Godfrey repeating his role as Kevin, the leprechaun king.
Ted Nicolaous other genre films as director include:- one of the segments of The Dungeonmaster (1984), TerrorVision (1986), Bad Channels (1992), Subspecies (1991), Bloodstone: Subspecies II (1993), Remote (1993), Bloodlust: Subspecies III (1994), Dragonworld (1994), Magic in the Mirror (1996), Magic in the Mirror: Fowl Play (1996), Vampire Journals (1997), The Shrunken City (1998), Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm (1998), Dragonworld: The Legend Continues (1999), Ragdoll (1999), The Horrible Dr Bones (2000), In the Shadow of the Cobra (2004), Puppetmaster vs Demonic Toys (2004) and The Etruscan Mask (2007).
Full film available online here:-