A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 58 horror and horror-adjacent movies with big plot twists sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
The Irish brother returns!
Boyz n the Hood and Barber Shop meet the supernatural in Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood, three years after a similar attempt with a similar title. Leprechaun 3 took place in a Casino; a world of lucky charms and coins, and basically wrote itself. Leprechaun in Space was terrible. Leprechaun in the Hood wasn't much better. Back 2 Tha Hood feels like nothing more than cultural self-promotion.
The photography looks professional and the editing amateurish. For everything good in this, there is something bad and then some rap music. The acting isn't horrendous, but everybody in it is too cool to be depicted as vulnerable, so the leprechaun is reduced to a comic relief. This happened to the Halloween franchise, a year prior, with a Michael Myers easily dominated by Busta Rhymes.
This new sequel borrows tropes of the crime subgenre, and makes fun of recent films that visibly inspired the creators as well as the franchise it owes everything to. This is hardly a slasher, but the second half is closer to what the first three films were, which is what most fans want to see. The humor doesn't work and Warwick Davis is underused.