This year, in honor of St Patrick’s day, I watched the entire Leprechaun series to bring you a list of some of the best and most ridiculous kills from the whole franchise. Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Leprechaun (1993) – the Pogo Schtick
The first film in the series (starring Jennifer Aniston, before no one told her life was gonna be this way – clapclapclapclap) has several somewhat conventional kills, and then there’s this one. The Leprechaun – in all his ferocity – kills a man by jumping up and down on his chest with a pogo stick. A damn pogo stick. The slow motion as he approaches is just ridiculous. This movie is, in general, hard to take seriously, but this just doesn’t help.
Body count: 4
Leprechaun’s death: Four leafed clover/gum is shot into his mouth using a slingshot, he is then thrown into well full of gasoline and blown up.
Leprechaun 2 (1994) – Steam Facial
We’ve got a cameo here, people. Michael McDonald (pre-MadTV) flexes his comedic muscle (kind of. He moves it, at least). What this scene lacks in a good script, it makes up for it with face-melting goodness.
Body count: 5
Leprechaun’s death: Chest impaled with wrought iron bar, blown up
Leprechaun 3 (1995) – Killer TV Robot Sex
The third installment in the franchise is straight up batshit crazy. The main character somehow gets leprechaun blood in an open wound and – like some tiny Irish werewolf – begins to turn into one himself. Apparently the lore states that leprechauns are extremely territorial – or competitive.. or.. something – so naturally it becomes a bit of a battle royale between the two. But with more limericks.
Anyways, on to the murder! Immediately following a scene where this creeper almost rapes a girl because the magical leprechaun lust spell wears off at a terrible moment, this guy is electrocuted by an awkward sex robot. Good! Earned it. But let’s talk about this scene for a second. It looks like the designer combined the robot from Short Circuit with a blow up doll and said “yeah okay let’s just run with this”. And they did. Because it seemed like a good design.
Body count: 7
Leprechaun’s death: His pot of gold is burned with flamethrower, he is incinerated
Death by Kardashian
Can I say that? I’m gonna say it. This woman’s vanity is her ultimate end after her lips, hips, and boobs over-inflate to the point of explosion. We’ve all learned a little something from this movie – don’t fuck with leprechaun wishes, man.
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997) – Bonerkill
For a movie that’s weirdly plot heavy, this kill might be my favorite. He bursts through a guy’s dick. Through his dick. How, you ask? Well, that’s a strange thing to get hung up on, but I’ll tell you. Back in the Leprechaun’s cave of wonders (his lair, I guess) a bunch of marines shoot him while rescuing an Alien space princess that the Leprechaun wants to marry so he can be alien royalty. Again, it’s weirdly plot heavy. The Leprechaun is shot, and as a marine victory pisses on his corpse, he uses his magic to send his energy up through the stream of urine to hide in the marine’s junk until he can make his grand escape and begin to wreak havoc. This movie is so strange.
Body count: 8
Leprechaun’s death: Ejected into space, blown up
Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003) – Killer Bong
Our man loves a good bit o’ green. He’s not great with sharing his gold though. This scene is pretty silly (aren’t they all) but you do have to admire the force it must take to stab someone through the stomach with a bong. It’s a blunt instrument (I am so sorry for that pun).
Body count: 14
Leprechaun’s death: Shot with four leaf clover bullet, thrown into wet cement
Leprechaun: Origins (2014) – the Spine Ripper
Of all the franchises to get a gritty reboot, I did not expect Leprechaun to be one of them. And yet, here we are. The 2014 reboot has none of the limericks – no Warwick Davis either – but much more blood than the previous entries. The best kill in the film is actually pretty rad. One of the
cannon fodder protagonists has their spine ripped out. Their spine! Like a surprise visit from a chainsaw-wielding junkie, it’s unexpectedly gnarly.
Body count: 10
Leprechaun’s death: Decapitation
Leprechaun: In the Hood (2000)
I couldn’t find a clip of my favorite death from the 5th installment in which the Leprechaun punches a hole through a guy’s stomach.
Disappointing, I know. Instead, I’ll leave you with perhaps one of the most memorable moments of the whole franchise. A rapping Warwick Davis. Enjoy.
Leprechaun’s death: Not applicable. He wins!
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Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day Fun? Check out our list of 5(ish) St. Patrick’s Day Horror Movies that are completely unrelated to the wish-granting killer franchise (Grabbers is a personal favorite!)
‘Children of the Corn’ Adaptation Headed to Theaters and Shudder
It’s been almost 40 years since Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton got into it with “He who walks behind the rows,” in Fritz Kiersch’s Children of the Corn, based on a story by Stephen King.
Today, Deadline reports that director Kurt Wimmer’s film will finally get a theatrical release on March 3, with a Shudder streaming release on March 21. But don’t get too excited, because this isn’t a remake or even a reboot. Wimmer has said this version has “almost nothing to do” with King’s original short story or the ’84 movie.
“We went back to the story and free-associated from there,” the director told Variety.
You may also notice the dateline for production is 2020. It was big news at the time that Wimmer was going to shoot his movie in Australia during the height of the COVID pandemic. Through safety protocols including social distancing, they managed to get through it.
Producer Lucas Foster said at the time, “You can theorize all you like about safety protocols, but until you get on set, you don’t really know. But I can now tell you it is impossible to keep a camera crew 1.5 meters apart.”
This updated take on King’s short story doesn’t appear to involve a married couple on a road trip at all. Instead, it is an origin story about how all the adults in the small town met their murderous ends.
“Children of the Corn follows a 12 year old girl in Nebraska who is possessed by a spirit in a dying cornfield. She recruits the other children in her small town to go on a bloody rampage and kill all the adults and anyone else who opposes her. A bright high schooler who won’t go along with the plan is the town’s only hope of survival.” — Deadline
Make sure to keep checking back to iHorror for the trailer once it drops. And let us know whether you like the concept of moving away from the original story, or if you would have liked it to follow King’s short story more closely.
Drew Barrymore Welcomes Allison Williams By Dressing Up Like ‘M3GAN’
Allison Williams star of the breakout hit, M3GAN. The film has brought in a huge and unexpected amounts of money and continues to climb. Right now it is sitting at $125 million and counting. In order to welcome Williams, Barrymore got in full M3GAN gear and served up some dance moves, and acted out other qualities the doll brings to her home.
Barrymore hilariously begins to have technical difficulties with her contact lenses leading to a moment that rivals the contact lens malfunction in Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and that is saying a lot.
The synopsis for M3GAN goes like this:
“M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll that’s programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by Gemma, a brilliant roboticist, M3GAN can listen, watch and learn as it plays the role of friend and teacher, playmate and protector. When Gemma becomes the unexpected caretaker of her 8-year-old niece, she decides to give the girl an M3GAN prototype, a decision that leads to unimaginable consequences.“
M3GAN is now playing in theaters everywhere.
Wes Craven’s ‘Red Eye’ is Getting a 4K UHD Release
Wes Craven is a true master of horror. He gave us A Nightmare on Elm Street and a few other timeless classics. Right around the time he dove into Scream he also took flight with a big thriller that scored well with audiences who were all on the edge of their seats. Craven’s Red Eye did well at the box-office and had that word of mouth that kept it in theaters for weeks. Red Eye is now coming to 4K UHD and it is coming with some rad special features.
The synopsis for Red Eye goes like this:
“In the wake of her grandmother’s funeral, hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is waiting to fly back home when she meets charming Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy) at check-in. She thinks it luck that they’re seated together on the plane, but soon learns otherwise. Jackson hopes to assassinate the head of Homeland Security, but to do so, he needs Lisa to reassign the official’s room number at her hotel. As insurance, Jackson has kidnapped Lisa’s father (Brian Cox).“
The special features for Red Eye break down like this:
The special features for Red Eye goes like this:
New 4K Restoration of the film
Dolby Vision/HDR Presentation of the film
NEW Audio commentary by editor Patrick Lussier
NEW Filmmaker Focus – Wes Craven and Red Eye
NEW Wes Craven: In His Own Words – Featurette
Audio commentary by Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddalena, and Editor Patrick Lussier
The Making of Red Eye – Featurette
Wes Craven: A New Kind of Thriller – Featurette
Optional English SDH, English, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature
Collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments
Are you excited about Red Eye coming to 4K UHD? Paramount Home Media Distribution releases Craven’s classic on March 21.