Leprechaun 4: In Space ★★½

To call "Leprechaun 4: In Space" the strongest film in the unfortunate "Leprechaun" franchise may be faint praise. It is, however, apt praise as Brian Trenchard-Smith's second entry in the series actually rates as watchable. The mishmash of science fiction, fantasy, and horror conventions result in an uneven and limited piece of work; but the film shows admirable commitment to its schlocky yet refreshingy Corman-esque sensibilities.

The plot of "Leprechaun 4: In Space" tosses Warwick Davis's murderous imp into, well, space. Why he is there or whether or not he is the same Leprechaun from the series' previous segments seem to be beside the point, as the film puts him to work knocking off space marines and romancing a space princess with little connection to series lore. There is an energetic bizarreness to the narrative and its characters, and, once that bizarreness kicks in fully, things become watchable, and maybe even fun.

The production bears the marks of its limited resources, and there is very little polish to anything from special effects to performances. Still, Trenchard-Smith is able to pull the rough elements together, creating something that is engagingly weird and weirdly engaging.

Make no mistake, "Leprechaun 4: In Space" is not a good film. Its positive energy and total dedication to its contrived sensibilities, however, make it watchable in spite of its limitations. It is a routine horror sequel slightly elevated by its own endearing nonsense.

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