Leprechaun 4 : In Space title

Tag line : One small step for man, one giant leap for terror.

Leprechaun 4 : In SpaceYes, this time he's in outer space. Set in the distant future, a ship full of space marines are sent to a remote planet, to hunt down and kill a certain mischievous Leprechaun (Warwick Davis again), who has been disrupting various mining operations across the galaxy, as well as kidnapping a certain space princess (played by former Baywatch babe Rebekah Carlton), who they have come to rescue.

Having apparently dealt with the meddlesome midget, they return to their ship with the princess and head for home. But it seems you can't keep a bad leprechaun down. You remember the chest-bursting scene from "Alien"? Well this one marine experiences something infinitely more painful, which leaves him deeply regretting pissing on the Leprechauns remains back on the planet.

Anyway, with the Leprechaun now running amok on board the ship, it's down to the other Marines to try and stop him. Meanwhile, the ship's commander Dr Mittenhand (played by English TV actor Guy Siner), who bears an uncanny resemblance to Davros from "Dr Who", is doing some bizarre experiments on the princess. Can the marines stop the Leprechaun before he wipes out the entire crew, and just what is Dr Mittenhand up to with the princess and why does the Leprechaun want her for that matter?

Cheerfully ripping off the "Alien" films, with numerous "Star Wars" references thrown in for good measure (well they would do, considering Warwick Davis was in one of them), whilst the film had potential, this actually proves to be one of the least entertaining of the series. The jokes don't seem to work as well this time, plus it was weird seeing Guy Siner in this as Dr Mittenhand, who played Lt Gruber in "Allo Allo", as I kept expecting the guy who plays officer Crabtree in that series to walk in and say "Good Moaning".

The film also begs the question, just how come so many of these series end up in outer space? We've had "Critters 4 : Critters in Space", "Hellraiser : Bloodline" and of course "Jason X", which did seem to bear an uncanny resemblance to this (no wonder that film got such a bad rap). So to be honest, whilst the film has its moments and isn't a total loss, it's really one for fans of the series only.

Overall marks : 4.5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "The ultimate nightmare in space", "The Leprechaun is back, and this time he's painting outer space bloody".

  • Second film in the series to be directed by Brian Trenchard Smith and the only film in the series to use the same director more than once.

  • The films budget was $1,600,000

  • Guy Siner previously played the role of Lt Gruber in the British TV sitcom "Allo Allo".

  • The film originally started as a spoof of the movie "Apollo 13", which formed the basis of the original script. However it was heavily rewritten during production to be an "Alien" spoof.

  • Miguel Nunez, who plays one of the marine's, also starred in "Friday the 13th Part 5" and "Return of the Living Dead".

  • The music playing near the end of the film when the Leprechaun is blasted into space was a parody of the "2001 : A Space Odyssey" theme.

  • The French release was entitled "Leprechaun : Destination Cosmos"????

  • The scene near the end where the badly mutated Dr Mittenhand says "Help Me" in a high pitched squeaky voice, after being sprayed with Liquid Nitrogen, was a reference to the 1958 horror film "The Fly".

  • Only film in the series in which the Leprechaun doesn't rhyme.

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