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The Leprechaun Series Ranked Bad to Worst

In honor or St. Patrick's Day, we pay splattery tribute to one of the greenest franchises in horror

by | March 16, 2018 | Comments

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March 17 marks St. Patrick’s Day, the global celebration of one of Ireland’s most beloved patron saints. In Dublin, they go to church to mark the occasion (and then to the pub). In Boston, they dye the river green. At Rotten Tomatoes, well, we’re taking a different approach.

To celebrate the greenest day of the year — OK, it may have some competition from World Environment Day — we’re celebrating one of the greenest franchises in Rotten Tomatoes history, and one with an Irish heritage, if not any particularly genuine Irish flavor. The seven-entry Leprechaun franchise might be one of the most splat-worthy franchises in horror movie history, with a huge four entries sitting at 0% on the Tomatometer and not a single entry over 33%. The franchise earns an average of 11.57% on the Tomatometer per movie.

(On the plus side, if you add all seven films together they have a total Tomatometer of 81%.)

But which Leprechaun outing is the absolute greenest of the lot? We’re counting them down.


7. Leprechaun in the Hood (2000) 22%

The addition of Coolio and Ice-T proved the lucky charm that got the franchise to its highest point.

“It’s not a very good film in any way, but it manages to be average, and that alone makes it a franchise standout.” – Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy


6. Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003) 25%

Ice-T did not return to the hood, leaving a blinged-up Warwick Davis to terrorize Sticky Fingaz, of Onyx, instead.

“We now live in a world in which there are six Leprechaun movies.” – Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com


5. Leprechaun (1993) 23%

The original, but not the best. Like a certain plucky little monster pursuing his pot of gold, this one has followed star Jennifer Aniston, who made her film debut here, around for decades.

“The perfect high-concept comedic slasher, and it’s still Jennifer Aniston’s best film to date.” – Luke Y. Thompson, New Times


4. Leprechaun 2 (1994) 0%

The legend continued, inexplicably, with this first sequel that earned the franchise its first big fat 0%.

“It’s no Leprechaun in the Hood, but then, what is?” – Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress


3. Leprechaun 3 (1995) 0%

Still looking for a wife, the Leprechaun hits Sin City. Not a lucky move for the audience.

“The directness with which this went to video is apparent in nearly every single element.” – Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy


2. Leprechaun: Origins (2014) 0%

We can just imagine the pitch meeting: What if we rebooted this thing and took out the one thing that was legitimately awesome about it? Turns out WWE star Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postle is no Warwick Davis.

“Davis’s performance, his sense of theatricality, and his villainous make-up are deeply missed.” – Brian Orndorf, blu-ray.com


1. Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997) 0%

The greenest of the green, this movie just pips past the series reboot to take the title of Worst with an average critic rating of 1.5 out of 10. In space, no one wants to hear you go on about your f—ing pot of gold, apparently.

“The best movie about a leprechaun in space i have seen in years…” – Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is


Check out clips from all of the Leprechaun movies.

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