LEPRECHAUN 2: THE BRIDE OF LEPRECHAUN; ONE WEDDING AND LOTS OF FUNERALS
The first Leprechaun was savaged by everybody but proved to be a hit on video shelves. The news is that the second film has not improved any. It is made with a B-budget competence but comes across as tatty. The Leprechaun makeup is not particularly convincing, although Warwick Davis at least plays with a good deal of gusto. However, the one-liners are excruciating Its finger-lickin good, says the leprechaun after ripping off a victims finger. Had your iron today, says hero Charlie Heath as he despatches the leprechaun at the climax after suddenly discovering it has a vulnerability to wrought iron. Most of the killings are extremely silly, particularly one scene where the leprechaun materialises in a Formula One racing car (which is simply an ordinary car painted over with leprechaun symbols) to run a victim down. Another scene with the leprechaun granting Sandy Baron three wishes and then materialising a pot of gold in his stomach looks silly but has a certain nastiness to it.
In one of the most ridiculous sequences, the leprechaun manifests an illusion of Shevonne Durkin to tempt Adam Biesk. There is a laughable preposterousness to the scene where the Shevonne Durkin doppelganger takes her top off and is replaced by a body double in so doing, going from an A-cup bra size to a D-cup the film could not more obviously signal the substitution, which is then followed by an amusingly ridiculous scene where Biesk goes to place his head between her breasts and they suddenly become a twin set of spinning lawnmower blades. One of the more amusing parts about Leprechaun 2 was when it was released on video in the UK and distributors tried to capitalise on that years hit romantic success Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) by retitling it One Wedding and Lots of Funerals.
Director Rodman Flender had previously made the artificial insemination horror The Unborn (1991) and went onto make the possession comedy Idle Hands (1999). He had earlier worked in various capacities for Roger Cormans Concorde-New Horizons. Most of Flenders subsequent work has been in television and his only return to horror material has been the werewolf comedy Nature of the Beast (2007).
The other Leprechaun films are: Leprechaun (1993), Leprechaun 3 (1995), Leprechaun 4: Leprechaun in Space (1996), Leprechaun in the Hood (2000), Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003) and Leprechaun: Origins (2014).