Leprechaun Movies to Watch: From Funny to Scary

Most of us are fascinated with the fantasy world and of course by Leprechauns. Their magic powers and their constant gold rush make them a pleasant creature to see in movies. But as you already know, if you landed on this page with the purpose to find a scary movie with leprechauns, not all leprechauns are cute, funny and pleasant. Some of them are looking for revenge, especially if you stole their gold. In the following list you will find movies that you will consider funny, scary, and some of them both. Please consider that this list is not a “best movies” list but a “nice to watch” list. So enjoy!


The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (2000)


The movie starts with Jack Woods, an American businessman, who arrives in Ireland to buy various properties and make profitable contracts for the company he works for. He rents a house and begins his research into the picturesque area, enjoying the local customs and meeting a lot of people, including the beautiful Kathleen, a pretty stubborn young Irish woman, who took care of a whole household and her brothers.

Without believing in local stories and legends, Jack meets two leprechauns: Seamus and Mary Muldoon, who live in the same house with him and who were the rulers of all leprechauns. He finds out that the entire world is controlled by the supernatural forces of the leprechauns and elves, with whom the leprechauns have been at war for generations. Although there is a great deal of animosity between the two sides, between Mickey Muldoon, Seamus’ son and princess of the elves Jessica a beautiful love story occurs. Due to their parents’ refusal to accept their love, the two lovers decide to run away, believing that they will be happy far away from their families. But their decision will lead to an intensification of the war, which will have terrible consequences for the entire world. From this moment, Woods wakes up in the middle of a miraculous adventure, which will help him understand the importance of love.


Luck of the Irish (2001)


Kyle Johnson (Ryan Merriman) leads a perfect life. He feels in shape now when his basketball team reaches the finals, the girls love him and money are not a problem. It can be said that in general he is lucky, and the reason for him being so lucky is the talisman-medallion he wears around his neck. But Kyle does not realize the power of the talisman except on the day his talisman got stolen and he sees how his luck fades away. He also discovers that he is actually part of a family of Irish leprechauns, and the stolen talisman is the reason why he and his family retains its human form. From this moment an entire journey starts on finding the talisman.


Getting Lucky (1990)


Bill Higgins, a senior high school student, crawls to get a date with the cheerleader Krissi and dreams every day with his eyes open how someday he will save the world. One day he discovers an alcoholic leprechaun in a beer bottle. Like every other leprechaun story, the tiny creature needs to grant Bill three wishes before he will be released and free to go to Ireland, his home. Bill’s wishes will make his life even harder than before because it seems that it is not a good idea for an alcoholic Leprechaun to grant wishes.


Red Clover aka “Leprechaun’s Revenge” (2012)


The movie Red Clover finds Karen O’Hara (Courtney Halverson), a young girl that doesn’t know much about the bloody history of the small town she’s living in, in the posture of releasing a deadly leprechaun during a hunting trip.

66 years back, a terrible massacre devastated the town, and from that moment till today, all Saint Pattrick festivities were banned. The locals managed to send the leprechaun away in another dimension, with the help of an ancient book, but Karen releases the monster one day, by mistake while she is on a hunting trip with her father. Some high school students are getting killed and the town sheriff Conor O’Hara (Billy Zane) doesn’t want to believe that the murders are made by a mystical creature.


Leprechaun: Origins (2014)

Written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky, the movie “Leprechaun: Origins” is a true horror movie. No comedy scenes, no funny happenings, just a nice creepy story and jump scares.

Backpacking through the lush Irish landscape, two confident young couples discover the terrifying secrets of a small town. Ben, Sophie, David, and Jeni quickly discover that the idyllic terrain is not what it looks like when town locals offer hikers an old log cabin on the edge of the forest to spend the night. Soon, the friends will discover that one of Ireland’s most famous terrifying legends is actually real. The film resumes an old legend: a leprechaun who desperately wants the gold back from those who stole it.


Leprechaun Horror Series:

Leprechaun (1993)

When Dan O’Grady returns to the US, after stealing the gold of an Irish leprechaun, he thinks he can enjoy the treasure, but he is wrong. The leprechaun follows him to the US, and O’Grady barely escapes with his life, by locking the little monster in the basement. Ten years later, the new owners, release the leprechaun by mistake and the leprechaun escapes and goes to find his stolen gold, killing anyone who stands between him and his purpose. This movie was one of the first movies of the young Jennifer Aniston, who plays the leading role of Tory Reding.


Leprechaun 2 (1994)

The Irish leprechaun leaves once a thousand years from his mythical world in search of a wife. The scary part of the story is that the leprechaun is the same old evil creature from the 1993 movie: Leprechaun, and commits crime after crime. Who touches his fortune will face his powers …


Leprechaun 3 (1995)

The movie starts from the idea, that in the 1994 movie, the leprechaun was sealed away in a statue by a magic medallion, which was sold at a pawn shop in Las Vegas. The owner of the pawn shop releases the leprechaun by mistake, so the evil little gnome is free once again. The entire Las Vegas is in real danger.

Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)


The worst movie from the entire Leprechaun series and one of the worst horror movies you are going to see in your life. Actually, we recommend for everyone to see this movie, not for the movie itself, but for the fact that anyone should see this kind of crappy movie: on a far far away planet, a leprechaun eager for power, kidnaps princess Zarina with the purpose to become king of the galaxy… mind-blowing… you got to see it.


Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)

The Leprechaun arrives in the middle of city Compton, California. The action of the film takes place among the gangsters from the hood and has comical and horror acts at the same time. Big stars like Ice-T or Coolio are actors in this film, along with the main character: Warwick Ashley Davis.


Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood (2003)


Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood is the 6th movie from the series and was released in 2003. It was written and directed by Steven Ayromlooi. This was the last time when the main star Warwick Ashley Davis, played the little evil. The movie starts with the leprechaun the menace in the hood, killing everyone in his path to find his gold, which was stolen by a group of young gangsters, who use the gold to fulfill their wildest dreams.


Leprechaun Returns (2018)

Leprechaun Returns is a comedy-horror movie released in 2018 as a direct sequel for the 1993 original movie Leprechaun (1993), by ignoring the continuity of all of its sequels. Directed by Steven Kostanski from Astron-6, the movie starts with its main character Lila played by Taylor Spreitler, as the daughter of the main character from the original film Jennifer Aniston (Tory Reding), who meets the creature after 25 years from the moment his mother sealed the creature in an abandoned well.


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