A poster for Leprechaun 4
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Hops and Box Office Flops: ‘LEPRECHAUN 4 – IN SPACE’

Irish Emmanuelle in Space

A poster for Leprechaun 4

Leprechaun 4: In Space is about as low budget as a horror movie sequel can get. Released straight to video in 1997 and produced for a whopping $3 million, it gives most local theater productions a run for their money in terms of set design and costumes.

But, should we really expect anything else? Leprechaun 4 is the second of the sequels to be banished directly to video store shelves, and it further frays the series’ strands of believability. Vegas sort of makes sense. But space?

Odd plot aside—which involves the titular fairy wooing an alien princess in the hopes of becoming king—Leprechaun 4lacks most of the elements necessary for entertaining horror. It’s not scary; the kills are mostly laughable; and the space ship effects appear to be ripped from an old Sega Saturn game.

Sadly, there’s no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. There’s just a man sobbing as the Leprechaun claws his way out of his pee hole head first.

So, sit back, use your magic to conjure up a Guinness, and stop ogling the princess! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Mayor McCheeseCapt. Cash and Chumpzilla are crawling through the air ducts to escape the arachnid version of Dr. Mittenhand!

This Week’s Segments:

  • Introduction/Plot Breakdown – One small step for man. One giant leap for terror! (00:00)
  • Lingering Questions – After a word from our brothers in beer at Hop Nation USA, We discuss what, if anything, worked in this movie. (34:44)
  • The “Irish UTI” Trivia Challenge – The Double Turn Podcast trains with Fit Finley to take down the Leprechaun, and then I challenge the field to trivia about the iconic series. (50:50)
  • Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week and next up: We continue “Hops and Cosmic Terror Flops” with Critters 4! (1:02:23)

And, as always, hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to check out all the interesting factoids—the legacy of the Leprechaun and more—from this week’s episode!

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Thomas Kelly

Writer, Superman aficionado, lover of odd and underperforming sports teams, and co-host of the film adoring podcast, Hops and Box Office Flops

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