Leprechaun in the Hood (Part 5) title

Tag line : Terror's in tha house!

Leprechaun in the HoodStarting off in the 1970s, a couple of small time crooks, lead by a chap named Mack Daddy (played by rapper Ice-T), stumble upon a Leprechaun's lair and find him turned into stone, thanks to some magical necklace round his neck (you might remember a similar necklace having the same effect in part 3).

Flashing forward to present day and Mack Daddy is now a successful record producer, thanks in no small part to his stolen Leprechaun gold and a certain magical flute, which has the ability to turn his music into gold (or gold selling records anyway). But when a small time rapper named Postmaster P (Anthony Montgomery) and a couple of his buddies decide to break in and steal all Mack Daddy's gold, they unwittingly set the Leprechaun free when they remove the necklace from it.

Having escaped, they soon discover the flute's magical abilities and find their careers are suddenly on the up. But with both the Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) and Mack Daddy now after them, they're going to need the luck of the Irish if they hope to stay alive and hang on to the loot.

After being slightly disappointed by part 4, I was pleased to find that this 5th entry was a vast improvement. The leprechaun is back on fine form spouting politically incorrect limericks as he wreaks murder and mayhem, though I'm not sure when he developed the ability to turn people into his zombie slaves, but then that's par for the course in this series.

I'd say this one is good fun, and you don't really need to have seen any of the other movies to enjoy watching this as, like the others, this is pretty much a standalone film. Though I wasn't sure if this film was meant to be a prequel of sorts to part 3, as that film also featured a Leprechaun that had been turned to stone due to an amulet necklace, plus this one finishes in Vegas, where that film starts, but anyway that's not important. If you're in the mood for some light hearted nonsense involving gangster rappers taking on a killer Leprechaun, who spouts crude rhymes whilst getting high on weed, then this is the film for you!

Overall marks : 5.5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Lep in the Hood, come to do no good", "Evil's in the House".

  • Anthony Montgomery, who plays Postmaster P, also played Travis in "Star Trek : Enterprise".

  • Last film in the series to be produced by Trimark pictures before their merger with Lionsgate films.

  • Director Rob Spera also directed "Bloody Murder 2 : Closing Camp"

  • The line 'Free at last, free at last, God almighty', which the Leprechaun says when he is first released, was actually a reference to a speech by the black civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King.

  • The name of the rapper 'Stray Bullet' was taken from the film of the same name, which was also directed by Rob Spera.

  • One of the characters refers to the leprechaun as being 'Chucky on Crack', this was a reference to the "Child's Play" films.

  • Rapper Coolio has a small role during the scene in the church.

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