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Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood is a 2003 American horror film written and directed by Steven Ayromlooi. It is the sixth installment of the Leprechaun series, and as of 2018, the last entry to star Warwick Davis in the title role. The film has the villainous Leprechaun rampaging through a town and killing anyone in his path while looking for his gold, which was stolen by a group of urban youths who are using it to fulfill their wildest dreams.

Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood
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DVD cover
Directed bySteven Ayromlooi
Produced byMike Upton
Written bySteven Ayromlooi
Based onCharacters
by Mark Jones
Starring
Music byMichael Whittaker
CinematographyDavid Daniel
Edited byStephen H. Sloan
Distributed byLions Gate Entertainment
Release date
  • December 30, 2003 (2003-12-30)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

An animated prologue reveals the origins of Leprechauns, summoned by an ancient king to protect his gold. After the king’s death, the Leprechauns returned to their places of origin, all except Lubdan (Warwick Davis) who became corrupted through the ages and obsessed with the gold he still guarded. In the present, Father Jacob (Willie C. Carpenter) finds the gold and intends to build a youth center. After a struggle, Jacob banishes Lubdan by summoning demonic hands to drag him underground, but dies of his injuries.

One year later, friends Emily Woodrow (Tangi Miller) and Lisa Duncan (Sherrie Jackson) have their fortune told by the clairvoyant Esmeralda (Donzaleigh Abernathy), who warns they will soon attain great wealth, but it must be denied as it will come at a great price and summon a terrible evil. At a barbecue at the abandoned youth center site with Lisa, stoner Jamie Davis (Page Kennedy) and ex-boyfriend-turned-drug dealer Rory Jackson (Laz Alonso), Emily falls through a hole and discovers the Leprechaun's gold, hidden by Father Jacob. Splitting the treasure, the four friends use the gold to fulfill their fantasies, unaware they have released Lubdan. He stalks the group, impaling a guest at Jamie’s party with a bong and retrieving one of his coins, prompting the police to arrest Jamie. At the beauty salon where Emily works, the Leprechaun kills a regular customer, Doria, on the massage table and attacks Emily. She escapes, warning Rory and the recently released Jamie, and they rush to find Lisa. In her home, Lisa is killed when the Leprechaun claws her in the stomach, and her friends find her body.

While Emily and Jamie want to return the gold, Rory does not and takes off with it; realizing Rory is gone, Emily is chased outside by the Leprechaun, but is saved when Rory has a change of heart and returns. Lubdan finds Rory’s house and kills his profligate girlfriend Chanel (Keesha Sharp) by tearing out her jaw, reclaiming the gold she used to make a tooth, while Rory and Emily are harassed by Officers Thompson (Beau Billingslea) and Whitaker (Chris Murray). When the Leprechaun appears and kills the officers, Emily and Rory escape and regroup with Jamie, only to be confronted by Rory's drug-dealing rivals, led by Watson (Shiek Mahmud-Bey) and Cedric (Sticky Fingaz). Planning to kill Rory for infringing on their territory, Watson and his gang are disposed of by Lubdan, while Emily, Rory and Jamie drive off in Watson's car, seeking Esmeralda’s help.

She advises using four-leaf clovers against the Leprechaun, and Rory laces hollow-point bullets with clovers Jamie finds in the marijuana Rory sold him earlier. When the Leprechaun arrives, Rory shoots him with the clover bullets, only for his gun to jam before he can finish off the Leprechaun. Rory and Emily have the chance to escape with the gold when the Leprechaun is distracted by Jamie, wounded by a baseball bat to the leg, and Esmeralda dies in a magical duel with the Leprechaun. Followed to the roof of the building, Rory tries fighting Lubdan and is knocked out. Before the Leprechaun can kill him, Emily throws some of his gold into wet concrete and lures him into the ruins of the youth center, where she tosses his gold into a furnace before knocking the Leprechaun inside.

Believing the Leprechaun dead, Emily returns to Rory, only for Lubdan to renew his attack. Knocking Emily off the roof and leaving her barely holding on, Lubdan taunts her, but is shot several times by Rory. He runs out of bullets, but distracts Lubdan long enough for Emily to hit him with the chest of coins, sending him into the wet concrete below, where the Leprechaun sinks and becomes trapped with his gold.

The film concludes with an animated epilogue as Lubdan digs himself out in a cliffhanger.

CastEdit

FilmingEdit

The original setting for the film was a tropical island in the midst of spring break, though executives at Lions Gate had director and writer Steven Ayromlooi change the location of the film to an urban environment like the previous entry in the series.[1]

ReceptionEdit

The film holds a 25% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on eight reviews.[2] In its "The worst movie sequels ever" article, Entertainment Weekly named the film one of the worst sequels of all time, writing, "if a movie could spark a race riot, this is it."[3]

SequelEdit

Following the release of this film, Darren Lynn Bousman expressed interest in making another Leprechaun film as late as 2008, with the idea of placing the titular character in the Old West.[4] Ultimately, these plans would never came to fruition, and it would be 11 years before another Leprechaun movie was released, the 2014 film Leprechaun: Origins, the first film in the series to not star Warwick Davis in the titular role.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood DVD commentary.
  2. ^ "Leprechaun - Back 2 Tha Hood". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Nashaaty, Chris (December 22, 2007). "The worst movie sequels ever". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Adler, Shawn (August 12, 2008). "Darren Lynn Bousman Wants To Send 'Leprechaun' Back To The Old West". MTV News. Retrieved February 23, 2019.

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