Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood – USA, 2003 – reviews

‘Evil has a whole new rap!’

Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood is a 2003 American comedy horror feature film written and directed by Steven Ayromlooi. The Lions Gate Entertainment production stars Warwick Davis, Tangi Miller, Laz Alonso and Page Kennedy.


City hairdresser Emily Woodrow (Tangi Miller) finds the answer to her financial problems when she stumbles upon a chest brimming with gold. Although she and her friends quickly go from rags to riches, they discover that the gold belongs to someone else: an evil leprechaun (Warwick Davis) who has returned from hell to claim his treasure.

Speaking in riddles and rhymes, the demon stalks his victims with ruthless determination — and scores some really good pot along the way…


“It’s actually refreshing to see a well-shot cheesy hood movie that is also a horror movie. That being said, the dialogue is nothing special and the movie isn’t especially scary, but what I respect from this movie is that it doesn’t try to be anything more than it is: a B-horror, straight to video, easy to watch movie.” Absolute Horror

“It’s the same plot each time. Let’s just say that the little guy wants his damn money back. Still, while Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood is a by-the-numbers no-brainer, it’s well-acted with a decent sense of humor — though based largely on stereotypes and caricatures.” Black Horror Movies

” …with characters as resolutely unappealing as the gaggle of mendacious youths rampaging through this film (not to mention the always nasty leprechaun himself), exploitation starts to feel a little like abuse after a while. Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood actually has one redeeming characteristic, however: a surprisingly effective little animated sequence…” Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com

“Nothing else stands out in this movie. No other actors make an impression, none of the death scenes are gross or amusing enough to provide much entertainment and the finale sees the leprechaun pausing to gloat more times than any Bond villain ever has while viewers just sit and wait for the inevitable counter-attack.” Kevin Matthews, Flickfeast

“Despite the fact that Davis doesn’t show-up for about half-an-hour (and when he does its for bong hits which gives him munchies, much to my amusement) this is a mostly watchable time with enough jokey sequences that work (like the “massage” moment and funny “cellphone” moment)…” The Video Graveyard

“Despite its flaws, Leprechaun Back 2 Tha Hood is still quite a bit of fun.  Although there are a number of kills that are left off screen, the ones we do get to see are memorable.  Hearts are ripped out, legs are ripped off, and a guy gets a baseball bat IN the knee.  Easily the most outrageous kill is when one dude gets stabbed with a bong.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

Cast and characters:

  • Warwick Davis … Leprechaun
  • Tangi Miller … Emily Woodrow
  • Laz Alonso … Rory
  • Page Kennedy … Jamie Davis
  • Sherrie Jackson … Lisa Duncan
  • Donzaleigh Abernathy … Esmeralda
  • Shiek Mahmud-Bey … Watson
  • Sticky Fingaz … Cedric
  • Keesha Sharp … Chanel
  • Sonya Eddy … Yolanda
  • Beau Billingslea … Thompson
  • Christopher Murray … Whitaker (as Chris Murray)
  • Vickilyn Reynolds … Doria
  • Willie C. Carpenter … Father Jacob
  • Varee … Countergirl

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