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This awful piece of film is a direct ripoff of the “Leprechaun” series. Then again, those films had humor, “Gnome Alone” is just dreadful. Lousy special effects, poor direction and even worse writing.
The film starts out with a tale of a Leprechaun marking the witch with the symbol of the beast. The witch is owned by the Leprechaun, so the witch with two of her sister, mucky, dark-dancing witches conjure up a protector, a gnome (Verne Troyer, of Austin Powers “Mini-Me” fame). Yep, those protectors of gardens can also protect women. As long as they’re alive, the gnome will protect you by granting wishes.
Indeed, not just genies can grant wishes. Yet, another new thing about gnomes, they’re wish-granters.
Like a monkey’s paw or a Jinn, the wishes are not a blessing, but a curse that is passed down. The entire intro is all told through a blend of animation and live action. It plays like a comic and is an odd, stylized choice.
In modern day, we learn an old bag lady is carrying the curse. She is befriended by convenience store clerk, Zoe (Kerry Knupe). Zoe is also a college student, living in a dysfunctional family where her step-dad is a creeper who’s having relations with Zoe while her mother is a drunk with psychological issues.
Then Zoe is in a psychology class where the teacher is discussing attraction and things get awkward in class. This all sets the stage and characters for the film. Things get dark when mayhem starts with the curse being passed to Zoe from the bag lady upon her death.
The kills are lackluster and cheap. Characters are farcical. As stated earlier, even the worst “Leprechaun” film is better than this. “Gnome Alone” never fully develops properly. 2/10. No reason to seek this gem out. Avoid.
Only exception, you’re with friends, drinking is involved and riffing commences. The alcohol will dull the pain and friends will endure it with you.
— The Gray Man
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