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Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)
Leprechaun 4

Nomination Year: 1998
SYNOPSIS:  The Leprechaun has kidnapped a princess (and heir apparent) to a powerful intergalactic empire. He plans to marry her, and between her power and his gold, to rule the universe. She, meanwhile, plans to take his gold and rule the universe herself. Into this maelstrom a unit of Space Marines is sent (along with a female civilian scientist because it's That Type of Movie) to rescue the princess from the kidnapping alien.

They very quickly kill the Leprechaun, and take the princess back to their ship. This is when the fun starts, as the Leprechaun comes back to life (see "Alas, Poor Yorick" clip below) and begins to hunt down and kill the Space Marines (and scientist) in order to recover his gold (which they've confiscated) and his bride-to-be.

There is also a subplot with a mad scientist and his quest for a serum which will restore him to full humanity. But I don't want to spoil all the fun. (This is my personal favorite Leprechaun film. --Kevin)

Smithee Award Winner! Most Ludicrous Premise

A Little Ambition Goes a Long Way When You're a Leprechaun
The Leprechaun is having dinner with his captive space princess. If he weds her, he can become the King of the Galaxy (or vast chunks of it). Meanwhile, a Space Marine squadron is heading out to rescue the captive princess from "the alien" that has abducted her. They pray.

Smithee Award Winner!MegaMetaSmithee Award Winner! "Let's Up The Rating To 'R'"

They Say the Death Penalty Is Not a Deterrant
The alien princess deliberately unhooks her bra and flashes the Space Marines. The guys are somewhat nonplussed, but the civilian scientist explains that when a royal woman of Planet Dominia exposes her breasts, it's a death sentence for anyone watching.

Space Marine Sticks: "And what part of her anatomy is she going to kill me with?"

Smithee Award Winner! "Alas, Poor Yorick"

Salute the Flag, Soldier!
The most macho of the Space Marine grunts made a special point of peeing on the Leprechaun's corpse when they liberated the princess. Stupid move. As he is making out with the female Space Marine, he feels something twitching down below. But not in a good way. He slides to the ground in pain, and the leprechaun leaps out of his penis, killing him. "Let that be a lesson to you, laddie," the Lep says, "always wear a prophylactic."

Stupidest-Looking Monster

Hi and Bye
A dumb-looking little blue monster gets blown apart by the Space Marines.


Sarge Is a Bit of a Drag
The Leprechaun shows his awesome powers of ... mind control? leprechaunness? ... by forcing the Space Marine Sergeant (gung-ho Sgt Rock type) to do a dance routine in drag.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Warwick Davis Before he was the Leprechaun, he was Willow 
Debbe Dunning  
Rebekah Carlton  
Miguel A. Núñez, Jr.  
Director Claim to Fame
Brian Trenchard-Smith Directed Leprechauns 3 & 4, as well as a spate of other Bad films usually set in Australia 

Kevin Hogan

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