Rated: R For violence. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: January 8, 1993 Released by: Trimark Pictures
Perhaps we have them all now, temps, stepfathers and now Leprechauns who bring terror to an isolated farm house in North Dakota.
From the beginning, California rich girl (Jennifer Aniston) knows she's not going to have a happy summer vacation at her father's new broken down ranch home. The fences are broken and the tumble weed scratches at her legs. The real problem she and the house painters face is locked in the cellar as a wrinkled, vicious Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) who is looking for his bag of gold at the end of the rainbow.
This is not Darby O'Gill and the Little People. It is Halloween and the others like it using one of the Little People as the villain. There is plenty of blood, ripped faces, bitten off ears, torn legs and a deputy sheriff with his head twisted off. The blood is there but not the scare. Every coming act of violence by the imp, whether on his tricycle, toy car of skateboard, is telegraphed so far ahead there is no tension, nothing to be fearful about. When a terror film does not terrorize or even frighten, it fails. The Leprechaun's luck runs out; perhaps he needed more Lucky Charms.