Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)
Directed By: Steven Ayromlooi
Starring: Warwick Davis, Sherrie Jackson, Tangi Miller, Page Kennedy, Laz Alonso
Subgenre: Slasher, Supernatural
Synopsis: The Leprechaun in back in the hood for his latest sequel. Once again, the Leprechaun is chasing down a group of friends that have stumbled upon his gold.
Thoughts: Been there and done that. That is what my thoughts were after the sixth Leprechaun movie in a short period of time. The studio felt heading back to an urban setting was the best route, but it sure seemed like they went back to the wrong well. Apparently the original storyline took place in a tropical location during Spring Break. Hard to say if that would have been any better, but Back 2 tha Hood sure was a step back from the original Hood.
As usual, Warwick Davis was magically delicious in his role as the Leprechaun. He is the one constant throughout the series, and honestly, I hope they never replace him if they decide to make more movies. The rest of the cast here is pretty bland, with some performances bordering on bad.
The Direction was similarly uninspiring as well. Ayromlooi went on to direct Love & Other 4 Letter Words and My Girlfriend’s Back. Can’t really chalk that up to a Hollywood success story, although that is exactly three more movies than most of us have ever directed.
There really isn’t anything special about the script either (also written by Ayromlooi). The Leprechaun is back after his gold after chasing a Flute in the last movie, and once again, he loves the weed. It just so happens that one of the main characters sells weed and another one is a pot head. Another amazing coincidence is that they find four leaf clovers in some of the weed. I am sure that is a pretty common occurance.
Back 2 tha Hood isn’t the worst sequel in the franchise, but it throws its hat in the ring. I guess it is a good thing that In Space was so damn bad. Watch this to complete the franchise, but viewer beware.