Leprechaun 3 (1995)

Mania Banner Leprechaun

Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith

Gaelic The Leprechaun terrorizes Las Vegas, “the greatest little town in the world”, after a one-legged, hook-handed, patch-eyed vagrant pawns him in statue form to a not-so-Indian Indian guy for twenty bucks. As one would expect from these types of movies, the buyer palms a (magic) medallion he’s warned not to, freeing the cretinous creature from its petrifying effects Trilogy of Terror-style. Game on for the groanworthy couplets, inconsistent leprelore and whimsical murder you’ve come to expect from the franchise.

Meanwhile, big-boobed magician’s assistant Tammy breaks down on her way to work at the Lucky Shamrock Casino. Goofus college boy Scott passes by, offers a lift. They hit it off.

He’s only twenty, but Tammy sneaks him in. It’s then he finds his true calling in life — gambling! To borrow an old cliche, Scott resembles a kid in a candy store. Wide-eyed, mouth agape, dopey grin. Next thing you know, he’s got “the fever”, gambling his parents’ twenty-three thousand dollar tuition check and a watch his grandpa gave him down the drain. Like a dumbass.

Later, he finds one of the Leprechaun’s lucky leprecoins (which we’re told grant wishes, but only one, but apparently more than one — a gal by the name of Loretta gets two), and suddenly, Irish eyes are smiling. Scott returns to the Roulette wheel, but this time, he cleans up. What a winning streak!

Naturally, the greedy owner and staff attempt to hoodwink his winnings back, all while the wise-cracking, shillelagh-wielding shithead demon thing prowls about, scheming to get to its gold.

Somewhere along the way, Scott contracts Leprechaun AIDs when his blood touches lepreslime. Next thing you know, he’s rhyming his ass off, scarfing massive amounts of potatoes — baked potatoes, broiled potatoes, French fries, potato skins, potato salad and six potato pancakes, all in one sitting — and growing a bunch of fugly red hair on his face. Can anyone save him before it’s too late?

Right, for some reason, the Leprechaun starts out petrified, or made of stone, or encased in stone, something like that, even though he exploded last time. And the time before that. Fuck logic! Then, he’s morphed to his regular self in a pawn shop and darned if a piece of his personal fortune don’t wind up in a mortal’s hands. One coin. Someone always shorts him one dadgum coin. Haven’t they heard the adage?

“Don’t take a leprechaun’s gold
if you want to live to be ripe and old.”


Leprechaun was more or less an episode of Looney Tunes. Leprechaun 2 was a bit more guided, more polished. Here, the series hits its stride with a mixture of humor, action, narrative flow and over-the-top kills that clicks and makes for an altogether entertaining (if silly) ninety minutes. Plus, the Vegas backdrop adds a bit more color and energy to the mix. The first two movies were getting there, but Leprechaun 3 nails the formula down pat (well, as down pat as you’ll get). I’m not saying this movie’s a masterpiece, but this is the high point of the series for sure.

Leprechaun 3, featuring some of the weirder, funnier kills I’ve seen these past months. In one exchange, the Leprechaun magically puffs up a woman’s (Caroline Williams, Stretch from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) butt, boobays and lips until she explodes. After that, he conjures a boobed robot from a TV to electrocute a horny scuzzball in bed. Another shmoe gets buzzed in half with a chainsaw pretty gruesomely during a magic act, in front of a cheering audience.

Boobed robot? Reason enough to give it a look, I suppose, but fair warning, the boobed robot in question is played by an ugly, all-too-80s, mullet-rockin’ boner killer of a wannabe porn star. Honestly, I’d prefer the Leprechaun to get naked.

Leprechaun 3 1

A Few Questions
How many times can they possibly rhyme “shilling” with “killing”?

The Verdict
The best of the Leprechaun films.

Cool World (1992)
The Las Vegas Serial Killer (1986)

LeprechaunMania Shamrock Shake™ Rating: Five Shakes

Shamrock Shake Scale 5


3 Responses to “Leprechaun 3 (1995)”

  1. This sounds awesome! I don’t know why I haven’t watched it yet.


  2. I like this one a lot.


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