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Review: ‘Leprechaun 3’ (1995) – Help! I Still Don’t Know Why I’m Watching Every Movie in the ‘Leprechaun’ Franchise

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Review: 'Leprechaun 3' (1995) - Help! I Still Don't Know Why I'm Watching Every Movie in the Leprechaun Franchise

I think this is the point in these reviews where I have to start making it about me, right? Because what the hell does it say about a guy if he’s willing to watch and write about every Leprechaun movie? Three Leprechauns in and I’m starting to feel like it’s time to center myself a little bit. It’s not even peak-quarantine anymore. I have plenty to do. In fact, I’ve spent time with this franchise that I definitely should have spent doing anything else. But here I am. And here you are, if these words are being read.

This time… We’re going to Las Vegas.

Thank you for reading this, really. If there’s any reason for this to exist, it’s you. This is kind of a weird message in a bottle, then, really. Chances are you don’t know me, and I don’t know you. Yet, here we are. One of us happened upon a link that promised some thoughts on the third entry in a often-ridiculed series. The other of us is the poor soul pouring his soul, hoping to keep your attention. Hello. And thank you again. This, my dear friend, is Leprechaun 3.

I’ve gotten into a routine now with these movies. This third one cemented what was first an instance, then a coincidence, and now finally a pattern. I get home after work, I get done what I need to get done, and then, when all is quiet, I watch a Leprechaun movie. These movies have become my much-needed “me time.” Again, what’s it say about a guy who feels that way? Well, I like this sort of stuff. I think all of us really need some low-stakes fun. Especially right now. Maybe you’re like me, you have an office job. You have a commute. By the time your day is done and your work is over, you need to relax somehow. It’s tough giving it your all, 8-hours-a-day, then going home. You bring that work energy to the house, and that’s no good. You’re like a soldier, back from war, ready to settle back into society. Time to turn off that war-time 9-5 brain, it doesn’t serve you here.

Leprechaun 3 Movie Image

I will absolutely recommend the Leprechaun franchise to anyone looking to turn their brain off for a while. I don’t at all mean that these movies aren’t worthy of closer investigation, but they are immensely enjoyable when viewed passively. Some movies demand participation, urging the audience to fill-in-the-blanks and come to their own conclusions. The Leprechaun movies, mercifully, do not do that. Which is lovely. Because we’re in this time of “peak-” this, and “elevated-” that. So much of what we’re watching asks a lot of us. Rightly so, too; we need stories that challenge us. But we also need stories that lull us, and comfort us. Not that there’s anything cuddly and comforting about this evil leprechaun dude. His adventures, however, have a rhythm to them that I’m beginning to find comfort in.

I still don’t know if this is supposed to be the same leprechaun every time. I’d assume so, as it’s always (so far) Warwick Davis, but there are tiny differences every time. There are definite costume changes, for instance. In this one, the leprechaun is dressed much like you’d expect a cartoon leprechaun to be. We’re talking green with buckles and everything. But there are personality shifts across these movies that also lead me to believe there are maybe many different leprechauns.

This leprechaun, for example, is a racist. His first scene, he jumps out and bites a guy, and you better believe there’s a then-acceptable joke made about the bitten man’s ethnicity. I say “then-acceptable” knowing full well that’s probably not the case. I’m sure this joke upset people then, and thankfully, we live in a time now where it’s easier for marginalized voices to be heard. But yeah, this leprechaun is definitely a racist, in the “drunk uncle” kind of way. I doubt the leprechaun meant to do harm with his retort; he unleashed the intended harm by biting the guy in the first place.

Leprechaun 3 Chainsaw

There are lots of vague rules around bites in this movie, too. That first guy gets his ear bit off and nothing happens. But later, the main character, our guy Scott, is bitten and turns into a were-leprechaun. It’s like a werewolf, but… more Irish. It’s played for laughs, but oh boy does it have some seriously sinister implications. The amount of new facial hair alone is enough to avoid the ordeal completely. No sir, I do not want to be turned into a were-leprechaun.

But enough about the plot. You can read all that from somebody else’s writing. I really want to whittle down to why I’m doing this. Can a man learn about himself by watching every movie in the Leprechaun franchise? Are there any discernible skills one might hone with such an endeavor? Will I be a better writer for viewing and reviewing Leprechaun 4: In Space? I gotta say, regardless of the outcome, I’m quite looking forward to Leprechaun 4: In Space. It’s the space part that does it for me, I think. I just love the progression of locations so far. It just escalates so quickly. The first movie is in North Dakota. Leprechaun 2 was in bright and sunny Los Angeles, California. Then this one was in Vegas. And next… Space, the final frontier.


What do you think? Are these movies any good, in your opinion? I’d love to hear from you if you’ve made it this far with me. Reach out to @billreick or billreick@gmail.com! And, if I haven’t bored you to tears, check out the Fright Train Podcast, wherever you access your podcasts!

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