Revisiting the ‘Leprechaun’ series

There’s no better time to revisit the “Leprechaun” movie series than St. Patrick’s Day weekend. It’s no “The Secret of Roan Inish,” but it definitely scratches a certain itch.

The first “Leprechaun” movie debuted in 1993, and it made clear that you should never steal a pot of gold from a leprechaun.

Just one year later, the first sequel was released. “Leprechaun 2” found the titular monster looking for a wife. This was pre-Tinder, pre-internet, so it wasn’t as easy as you’d think.

Remarkably, “Leprechaun 3” got the green light. Its release also came one year after its predecessor. This one found the Leprechaun in Vegas. Vegas, baby.

We had to wait two years for “Leprechaun 4: In Space.” But it was really worth the wait. In this masterpiece, we got to see the leprechaun reborn via a man’s groin.

The leprechaun came back down to earth for “Leprechaun in the Hood.” The 2000 release found the leprechaun heading straight into Compton. It featured a pimp named Mack Daddy, played by Ice-T.

How successful were the leprechaun’s adventures in Compton? Successful enough to spawn “Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood.”

And that essentially killed the franchise. But like the leprechaun, the franchise wouldn’t stay dead forever.

“Leprechaun: Origins” was released in 2014, starring WWE wrestler Hornswaggle. It. Was. Awful. (And that’s saying something for this franchise.)

Most recently, 2018 saw the release of “Leprechaun Returns.” This one involved sorority girls and is meant to be a successor to the original “Leprechaun” movie.