5(ish) St. Patrick’s Day Horror Movies That Aren’t Leprechaun

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Every year it’s the same.  You want to watch a horror movie or two in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, but you’ve seen every movie in the Leprechaun franchise a hundred times, even Leprechaun 4: In Space.  Well, here’s a solution.  These movies are just waiting to become St. Paddy’s traditions.


Maniac Cop

Directed by William Lustig and written by Larry Cohen, Maniac Cop is about a guy who murders people in New York while dressed as a policeman.  A pivotal scene takes place at a St. Patrick’s Day parade.


God Told Me To

Larry Cohen must have been a big fan of St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York, because he wrote and directed God Told Me To, a movie about a string of related murders by different people, which shows a murder taking place at the holiday celebration.


Red Clover

Red Clover could be an entry into the Leprechaun franchise if it had an ounce of the campy humor.  Directed by Drew Daywalt, it’s about a young woman who accidentally releases a murderous leprechaun.  And if you are unfamiliar with Drew Daywalt, search for him on YouTube.  You won’t regret it – he makes insanely awesome short films (Mockingbird is a personal favorite).


The Boondock Saints

The Boondock Saints is about a couple of brothers who take it upon themselves to rid the streets of Boston of mafia members, one thug at a time.  One of their more memorable killings takes place during a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  And yeah, The Boondock Saints isn’t technically a “horror” movie, but before you light up the comments section – this stars a babyfaced Daryl Dixon himself, Norman Reedus.  So there.



Grabbers is about an Irish island that is overcome by bloodsucking aliens.  The inhabitants discover that the aliens don’t like high alcohol content in blood, so they get drunk…and stay drunk…to keep the aliens away.  This one doesn’t officially have anything to do with St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s Irish and it involves drinking.  A little imagination can make it work.


Holidays – “St. Patrick’s Day”

Here’s a bonus one for those of you who feel ripped off by The Boondock Saints.  Director Gary Shore’s creepy entry into last year’s Holidays anthology, appropriately entitled “St. Patrick’s Day,” is about a little girl who teaches her teacher a little lesson about St. Paddy snakes of Ireland.


St Patrick’s Day may not exactly be Christmas when it comes to horror movies made about it, but with a little digging and an open mind, you won’t be stuck with Lep going back to the same old ‘Hood.  The world is your shillelagh.

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James Jay Edwards is a film critic and pop culture junkie in San Diego, California. He is a member of the SDFCS and the OFCS, and holds film degrees from SDSU and ASU. He also loves acronyms.