Review: Leprechaun 3 (1995)

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

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

Rated R / Color / 90 minutes
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Also Known As: O Duende Assassino
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As the first in a series looking back at the worst horror sequels, guest contributor Jason Todd takes a brief glance at 1995’s LEPRECHAUN 3.

Just months before her debut as the alluring and fresh-faced Rachel Green in FRIENDS, Jennifer Aniston was making movies in the 90s that she’d probably sooner forget about today. Case in point, in 1993 Aniston was cast in the role of Tory Reding in LEPRECHAUN, a young girl who is forced to save her family from the bloodthirsty creature of Irish legend.

With RETURN OF THE JEDI star Warwick Davis, and an up-and-coming Aniston, the film had potential to be a success on acting talent alone. However, it flopped at cinemas and has currently earned a rating of 4.8 on IMDB. By some miracle, the original film earned a cult following and spawned five sequels, and a remake. But in my opinion, LEPRECHAUN 3 is the worst of the bunch.

In the original, the antagonist was hell-bent on revenge after a coin from his pot of gold is stolen. Fast forward to 1995 and the Leprechaun is back once again, this time in Las Vegas, after being sold as a statue to a pawn shop. The shop owner is told that the stone Leprechaun is a ‘lucky charm’ but must not have the medallion around his neck removed.

What ensues next is a series of events akin to a Promethean take on the GREMLINS franchise: Predictably, the shop owner takes the golden medallion off the statue and unleashes the Leprechaun, who goes on a silly killing spree to get all of his gold coins back!

The LEPRECHAUN series is pretty disturbing. Though it’s not as gruesome as the CHILD’S PLAY franchise, it’s not as comical either. While the ongoing casting of Warwick Davis was the only redeeming feature for this critically panned sequel, it was a huge failure within the casino movie genre. Fans who want a little 90s nostalgia may enjoy LEPRECHAUN 3, but casino thrills might be better found here in the 21st century at rather than anything this straight-to-video dreck can offer.

"C'mon lady luck! Poppa needs a brand new set of buckles!"

“C’mon lady luck! Poppa needs a brand new set of buckles!”

Despite making the monumental error of starring in these films, Warwick Davis hasn’t done too badly outside of the franchise, as he’s appeared in numerous HARRY POTTER films, JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, an episode of DR. WHO, and has been featured in the TV show, LIFE IS TOO SHORT, which also stars Ricky Gervais. Truthfully, I find it hard to believe he was angered to not be cast as the Leprechaun in the recent remake. Why does he love this role so much?!

If you need an excuse to laugh at a movie, rather than with it, you may want to check this out. The fact that the LEPRECHAUN series got this far, and expanded even further, is a joke! I wasn’t a big fan of this sequel, and will only give LEPRECHAUN 3….

* Vault Master’s Note: Many thanks to Jason for sharing his thoughts on LEPRECHAUN 3! Personally I think it is one of the better entries in the franchise, but hey, different strokes for different folks, right? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below if you agree or disagree with Jason, and feel free to share your own personal list of worst horror film sequels. You may just see some of them pop up at some point right here at the Vault!