Leprechaun 4: In Space / A Special St. Patrick’s Day Screaming!


What would St. Patrick’s Day be without a touching tale of a man, a woman, a spaceship … and a pissed-off killer Leprechaun? Well, it certainly wouldn’t be as awesome as it could be, which is why this St. Patrick’s Day we’re presenting a very special holiday screening of the green-tinted cheeseball classic Leprechaun 4: In Space! Yes, when a horror franchise has gone as far as it can go, there’s only one place left to take it … into outer freakin’ space!
On a distant planet, the greedy, power hungry Leprechaun (played by Warwick Davis, star of Willow and the rest of the Leprechaun films) kidnaps a beautiful, self-absorbed Dominian princess, Princess Zarina, and plans to make himself king, but not if a bumbling brigade of space marines have anything to say about it. Their commander is a mad cyborg scientist named Dr. Mittenhand (!), who just happens to be half man/half vacuum cleaner, thanks to one of his insane “experiments.” Once the marines land on the planet to initiate their rescue mission, Leprechaun is blown up, but he’s quickly and stupidly reborn through one of the unlucky soldiers (in a tasteless nod to Alien’s famous chest-burster scene, only this time with a bizarre “urinary tract twist”), at which point he proceeds to wreak havoc aboard the marine’s space ship. From here, things get really weird, as we are treated to a 12 ft. tall rampaging Leprechaun, a guy turning into a giant spider, a marine forced to become a drag queen and Leprechaun doing bad John Wayne impressions (among many other atrocities). Coupled with truly awful special effects and a hilariously wooden human cast (which for some reason includes Home Improvement’s “Tool Time” girl Debbe Dunning), Leprechaun 4: In Space is a four-leaf laugh riot! (Dir. by Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1996, USA, 95 mins., Rated R) Digital