Leprechaun 3 – USA, 1995

‘Welcome to Vegas. The odds are you won’t leave alive!’

Leprechaun 3 – aka Leprechaun III and Leprechaun 3: In Las Vegas – is a 1995 American comedy horror film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith (Turkey Shoot; Night of the Demons 2; Leprechaun 4) from a screenplay by David DuBos (Bayou Tales).

The film stars Warwick Davis (Leprechaun franchise; Skinned Deep), John Gatins (Pumpkinhead II; Witchboard 2) and Caroline Williams (Tales of Poe; Hatchet III; Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2).

Plot:

An evil leprechaun finds himself in Las Vegas, where he proceeds to cause mischief by killing people, granting twisted wishes, and infecting a young man with his green blood…

Warwick Davis later said the movie was his favourite of the series. “I think it tapped into the potential of bringing a comedic element to it all. And Brian Trenchard-Smith, who directed that one, is an incredible director. He manages to get so much out of so little money, and that was what was great about working with him. He really got the humor.”

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Reviews:

” …not at all as bad as the franchise ended up becoming, but that’s really not saying very much at all; and Leprechaun 3 is so endlessly addled and pointless that it’s greatest sin isn’t that it’s bad, but that it is stultifying and boring.” Tim Brayton, Alternate Ending

“The gore is fair, rewarding viewers with effects that match the previous two films’, but leaves them more amused and content. Leprechaun 3 is funner and faster paced than one and Two. It’s also the first place to look for leprechaun dung (it’s green, by the way).” Josh G., Oh, the Horror!

“ …isn’t even close to the most outlandish premise of the series (he did go to both space and “the ’hood,” after all), but this entry is where the sophomoric humor reached its zenith. It’s colorful, fun and brisk, featuring characters fighting over a piece of gold with the power to granted ill-fated wishes in the style of The Monkey’s Paw. The kills are hilariously, absurdly over the top, and the effects are among the best in the series.” Jim Vorel, Paste magazine

Leprechaun 3 delivers on the gore (the bloodiest scene is when he saws the magician in half), clever kills (he turns a guy into a human slot machine), and hilarious rhymes (“For that trick, I’ll chop off your dick!”). The flick also contains some intentional humor that’s actually quite funny.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

Cast and characters:

  • Warwick Davis as Leprechaun
  • John Gatins as Scott McCoy
  • Lee Armstrong as Tammy Larsen
  • Caroline Williams as Loretta
  • John DeMita as Fazio
  • Michael Callan as Mitch
  • Tom Dugan as Art
  • Marcelo Tubert as Gupta

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