Leprechaun 3 (1995) **
D: Brian Trenchard-Smith
C: Warwick Davis, John Gatins, Lee Armstrong, Caroline Williams, John DeMita, Michael Callan, Marcelo Tubert, Tom Dugan
Plot Synopsis: 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.
Review: In this third entry, of the Leprechaun franchise, the premise remains the same. The title villain dispatches of an assortment of characters all in an effort to get back his gold coin. This time around, the action has been shifted to Vegas. The holders, of the Gold Coin, are able to make one wish to make their wildest dream come true. That idea gives it a bit more depth as the characters meet their demise, because of their own greed.
This is token further when one of the characters starts turning into a malevolent Leprechaun after making a wish with the Gold coin. It's a parallel to show that greed can turn people into something that they aren't. It's a solid hook so that they aren't simply rehashing the first two movies. It's also a solid hook for some creative horror set pieces.
In one instance, a character is killed after the Leprechaun causes her butt to grow to giant proportions. I guess there is a such thing as too much of a good thing! Or, in another instance, the saw the person in half magic trick goes violently wrong with the Leprechaun taking center stage as a Magician. It's scenes like this that scream cult classic. However, they never quite have the impact that they could've had.
The problem is that Leprechaun 3 is flatly directed. The cast is made up of various actors who are well versed in horror, but none of their scenes have the energy or momentum that they should have. The editing lacks the precision needed as certain scenes lag, while others are rushed. None of the set pieces are staged in a way that fully plays up to their kitschy nature. Even the score fails in that it never heightens any of these scenarios.
The ideas are there, but the potential of those ideas are never fully realized. Leprechaun 3 is a prime example of the old phrase: shoulda woulda coulda. [R] 93 minutes.
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