Leprechaun is fear and loathing in Las Vegas
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Leprechaun 3 is by far the best in the series next to part 2 and features some good makeup effects and a neat setting,the city of Las Vegas. Leprechaun somehow got into Las Vegas after a homeless man brings him into a pawn shop and is looking for a coin that is lost after a pawn shop owner is trying to keep it and then a college student is having trouble with his car and a stripper who works at a hotel plans to let him stay in the hotel and when he makes a wish to become a good gambler and win and ends up being the hotel's luckiest person to stay there and then Leprechaun plans to kill him after he finds out he has his gold coin. Leprechaun 3 is the best of the series next part 2.
The best scene is when Leprechaun is a magician and gets a chainsaw and cuts open a snotty magician and blood shots everywhere."
He Keeps Going, and Going, and Going...
Jeffrey Leach | Omaha, NE USA | 11/15/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first entry in the "Leprechaun" franchise arrived on the scene in 1993, with the second appearing as if by magic the following year. Why not keep the trend going and release "Leprechaun 3" in 1995? That is exactly what the movers and shakers behind the "Leprechaun" series did, probably thinking that striking a rapidly cooling griddle is better than striking one when it is ice cold. Once again calling on diminutive star Warwick Davis to play the wicked elf, the individuals responsible for "Leprechaun 3" decided to move the setting to Las Vegas where the lure of bright lights and the thrill of gambling could provide a suitable backdrop for the machinations of the leprechaun. Does this move work? Sort of, even though "Leprechaun 3" suffers from numerous problems that only get worse from this point on: atrocious acting, increasingly lame sight gags and jokes, cheaper budgets, annoying characters, and a failure to follow rules established in earlier films. Despite these glaring failings, "Leprechaun 3" is really the last film I am able to say I enjoyed in the franchise. Parts four and five simply collapse under the weight of the aforementioned problems.In "Leprechaun 3" the little beastie appears in Las Vegas when a haggard looking fella stumbles into a pawnshop lugging a big bundle. It turns out that this package is our old friend the leprechaun, frozen into a little statue due to some jeweled necklace. The guy sells the statue to the pawnshop owner for chump change and as quick as you can say "Begorrah," the greedy employee removes the necklace and unleashes the malevolent force that is Warwick Davis decked out in knickers and pepperoni faced makeup. The pot of gold appears as well, and since we all know by this time that the slimy sprite cannot stand to see humans pawing his precious coins, the pawnshop guy promptly incurs the wrath of the little devil. It is also during these opening sequences that we learn the rules of the game have changed once again: now the leprechaun cannot stand the presence of other leprechauns and his gold coins suddenly have the power to grant their possessor one wish. Obviously, this knowledge sets up the idea that another leprechaun will challenge Warwick Davis and that several people will find one of the coins and make wishes. Enter Scott McCoy, an impressionable kid driving to Southern California so he can start school in a few weeks. He quickly meets local cutie Tammy Larsen, a young lady who works for a hack magician at the Shamrock, one of the cheaper looking casinos on the strip. Tammy agrees to sneak Scott into the casino so he can see what Las Vegas is all about, and it isn't too long before the inevitable happens. Scott gambles away the twenty thousand dollars his parents gave him for school and goes to the pawnshop where the leprechaun went on a bloody rampage. McCoy finds a coin, figures out how to make a wish, and wins big time at the tables. In the meantime, we follow Tammy's adventures with her unctuous boss Fazio and the lecherous owner of the casino named Mitch. Mitch owes some money to a couple of local goons (can't have a movie set in Las Vegas without a mafia reference, huh?), but really has an eye for Tammy's expansive cleavage. Rounding out the cast is casino employee Loretta, a big haired, screechy lady who spends way too much time lamenting the loss of her youthful figure. I won't spoil the unfolding hijinks for you, but most of the characters learn about the magic coin and make their greedy little wishes with often tragic, and gory, results. During the course of the movie, we see somebody swell up and explode, a body sawed in half, and a cheesy electrocution. It's all done in good fun and is occasionally entertaining.I definitely appreciated a gorier, sleazier "Leprechaun" movie. What I didn't welcome was the acting, which certainly ranks as some of the poorest in the series (although not as bad as the Bridget character in the second film). The guy who plays Scott and the woman in the Tammy role are the worst offenders. Every time these two appeared on screen I could literally smell the sour odor of their performances wafting off of my television set. These two are so bad that even my DVD player belched derision over their ham handed antics. Fortunately, the other actors do slightly better, and Warwick Davis is great as always as the leprechaun. In fact, my favorite scene in the movie occurs when Davis is strolling down the streets of Las Vegas looking for his stolen coin. Here's this evil, ugly looking monster moving in and out of crowds of people and no one notices him! Moreover, he occasionally cackles loudly for no apparent reason during his jaunt. I laughed so hard over this scene that I watched it several more times just to get the full effect of the whole thing.The DVD is the same as other Trimark "Leprechaun" discs. The picture transfer looks good and there are several trailers for this film and other installments in the series. After viewing all of the "Leprechaun" movies, I would like to see a commentary from Warwick Davis on at least one of these DVDs. I would like to hear what the man himself has to say about these films. Anyway, "Leprechaun 3" is worth watching if you have a couple of hours to spare and can't think of anything better to do. If nothing else, this movie is the only place you will ever see a flaming dwarf flying though the air, and that ought to be worth something."
Anytime Sid the Elf's Irsh cousin stars in a movie, Sid revi
Sid the Elf | North Pole | 03/21/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Leprechaun 3 was a last minute choice by your pal, Sid the Elf. The greatest reviewer of b since the great Joe Bob Briggs, Sid was all set to pop in a Norris flick. But, then we decided to embrace our elf brethern in honor of St. Patty's day. Actually, there are a few tie-ins here. It is an absolute certainty that this flick was shown on Joe Bob's drive-in theatre. Many times. And Irish Sid took a cue from the b legend Chuck Norris himself. This little guy was kicking butt at an obscene ammount. Sid was not exactly what you would call sharp during his viewing of Leprechaun 3, but we swore we heard Irish Sid say "I don't need a weapon, I am one" at one point.
This is in the all-time pantheon of late night cable movies because it had no plot at all. So, you could be watching the flick and flipping between like 3 other things at the same time and not miss a thing. You would catch Irish Sid doing something cool, like when he bit off the Indian pawn shop owner's ear then said, "Mmm, I like Indian food. So spicy!" Oh boy! That's genuine b. Then you could watch something else for 15 or 20 min, come back and not be confused because there was absolutely nothing going on except the leprechaun running around like a little nutcase. Perfect for what it is.
But, and we know this might seem strange coming from Sid, this one might have actually been a little too b for its own good. Just hear us out. They knew this movie was going to be terrible from the jump, that's when you start to see all those one-liners. Somehow though, it kind of works coming from an elf. He was actually the bright spot in the flick. They are God's little punchlines. And the chick was stacked so that's always good. Also, the main chacter, Scott was classic. He was the punniest, lamest, whimpiest geek! Anyone who got a "Rowsdower!" anytime he appeared on screen is going to get a baster up from Sid. That's all the good. Here's what killed the movie: there were no actors to hang your hat on. At least Jack Klompus was in 2. And Derrick Morris, Jennifer Aniston, and Larry were in the first one. There wasn't even anybody that could be pegged with the classic Dom Cruise, Sal Pachino type joke in Leprechaun 3. This is absolutely essential to a hillarious b viewing. The only candidate was the magician, who Sid commented might be Jimmy Baio. Only this guy wasn't funny. His acting was so bad that he couldn't be made fun of, it would have been too obvious. It was the acting equivilant of curling up in the fetal position to avoid being attacked by a grizzly bear. And the other reason this guy wasnt's funny? It turns out he actually was Jimmy Baio. Just sucked the enjoyment right out of the filck.
One last thing Sid didn't mention, this was supposed to be horror. Again it tried to be more funny than scary which is a cardinal sin for a horror flick. The only thing that inspires fear about Leprechaun 3 is that you know there's a Leprechaun 4. And the premise of that one? Leprechaun in space. Read that again. The possibilities are endless. Look for a Sid review on that one in the near future."
It's really not that bad
Sid the Elf | 11/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"LEPRECHAUN 3 isn't the best entry in the series, i admit, but it's definately not the worst. (I'll leave that title to the original.) Anyway, in this one, the Lep has been turned into a statue by an old man and he has a medalian around his neck. The old man brings the Lep into a pawn shop, and soon after he leaves, the pawn shop caretaker sees the Leprechaun's pot of gold. He takes some, then takes the medalian off the Lep's neck. Big mistake!The Leprrechaun is probably the meanest and nastiest in this movie. He really gives the pawn shop guy a bad beating and eventually kills him. After that, we meet Scott, a college student taking a short drive through Las Vegas (which is where the pawn shop is, by the way) and Tammy, a magician's assistant at a casino. Tammy has car trouble, Scott helps her, and she ends up sneaking Scott into the casino.While Tammy is performing, Scott tries his luck at gambling. When he goes to pawn his atch, he finds the dead caretaker and a gold coin that the Leprechaun dropped, which gives him a winning streak after he wishes for one.Things eventually start to get scary when Scott meets up with the Leprechaun, but if you want more, see the movie. (13 year old viewer.)"