Leprechaun Collection: Leprechaun 3 Review
It's rare that a slasher movie pays much heed to what has gone on in previous movies. And not just Halloween III: Season Of The Witch, which had less to do with Michael Myers and more with druidic hocus-pocus, Halloween masks and children disappearing in a goo of bugs and other beasties. Still, that film aside, Friday The 13th and Halloween did at least pay lip service to raising Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers out of whatever grave they had been damned to before. Not so the Leprechaun. No matter that, to date, he has been trapped down a well and blown up, he reappears in this movie completely petrified. Not frightened petrified but turned completely to stone on account of a medallion that has never been heard nor seen of before. And will not again, I would wager.
Still, it is into Gupta's shop that the Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) is carried and placed on the counter. The man who bargains for him warns Gupta (Marcelo Tubert) against meddling with the Leprechaun but he refuses to listen, taking off the medallion and turning his back as the Leprechaun's fingers twitch back to life. "I'm a leprechaun, me lad! And you're a greedy thief! For trying to steal me gold, I'll be giving you some grief!" And with that the Leprechaun whips out his shillelagh and sets about Gupta, biting off his ear and then a toe, only stopping to complement Gupta on his footwear. "Nice leather! I appreciate a good pair of shoes!"
The Leprechaun feels as though he has come home. It may not be Ireland but Las Vegas is nothing if not wealthy and to our little greedy-for-gold friend, that, more than the green fields of his homeland, is what matters. But unlike the high-rollers of Ocean's Eleven and perhaps due to the inability of a Leprechaun to gain entry to Caesar's Palace or, as is more likely, the limited budget of this film, the Leprechaun find himself in a casino tucked into an alleyway off the main Strip. There, he finds himself meddling in the affairs of casino owner Mitch (Michael Callan), waitress Tammy (Lee Armstrong), croupier Loretta (Caroline Williams), magician Fazio (John DeMita) and small-time gambler Scott (John Gatins). What little they know about Leprechauns leads them to the magic that comes with his pot of gold. Each shilling offers them one wish. Loretta wants a better body, Fazio to be the greatest magician in the world and Mitch to bed Tammy. But with all that comes the nasty little Leprechaun stopping at nothing to get his shillings back and no one understands that more than Scott. Bitten by the Leprechaun, he begins to turn into a Leprechaun and so, as brothers in emerald green, they battle for the hand of Tammy.
Anyone keeping up with the Leprechaun movies to this point ought not only to be congratulated on doing so but is probably owed some explanation of how our little friend, who was once content to bite people's ears, magic up a marriage out of sneezing and drive a made-to-Leprechaun-measure go-kart, can now infect someone else with just a bite. If that seems like a new twist on the legend, it's nothing to all the other tricks that he's picked up since last we saw him. Showing that the trick he pulled with a pair of spinning fans and two naked breasts wasn't a one-off, here he manages to take over a hotel-room porno, calls forth the actress from the television and in a surprising denouement to the action, transforms her into a robot. The foreplay to this moment of surprise isn't quite the match of the love action of Emmanuelle but a life-size piece of Meccano clanking about one's bits-and-bobs brings things to a very sudden stop. The Leprechaun takes to the stage to show how the saw-a-man-in-half trick ought to be done, preferably with a chainsaw. And in his dealing with the beauty-obsessed ladies of Las Vegas, lips, hips and tits supersize to the point of bursting. And then some.
So far, so not so very different from Leprechaun 2. These are not the highlights of the film, though. Instead, like the two earlier films in the series, all those moments belong to Warwick Davis. He sounds as Irish as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but rhymes his tiny little heart out. "Lovely golden palaces completely full of riches...I'll rip 'em off and rob 'em blind, those dirty sons of bitches!" he says as he beholds Las Vegas but he carries on as though armed not only with gold shillings but also a rhyming dictionary. He turns on Loretta with a, "Oh, well didn't you hear? Bigger is good, but jumbo is dear. I'll give ya boobs that'll come out to here!" and deals with Gupta with, "There was an old man of Madras whose balls were made of fine brass! So in stormy weather, they both clanged together and sparks flew out of his arse!" Others try and keep up - Scott asks Tammy, "Have you ever blown a rod before?" - but this is Davis's show. The films are getting no better, actually they're getting worse, but Davis is the exception. By this point in the series, he's clearly enjoying things so much that he decided to make another three Leprechaun movies. And to think, he could have rested on Harry Potter and Star Wars. But no.
Leprechaun 3, unlike the two earlier films, went straight to video. It probably managed to make a modest profit but I would wager, even on one of the Lucky Shamrock's crooked gambling tables, a very small one compared to that of Leprechaun. No matter that it no more saw the inside of a cinema than did John the Baptist, it still arrives on DVD with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and, for the most part, looks fine. The problem with the film comes with just how cheap it looks. Colours aren't what they could have been but this is probably due more to the original film than to the DVD. Similarly, certain other colours, particularly the neon lights, look garish but, again, this is probably due to the movie than to the DVD.
Otherwise, Leprechaun 3, like the other films up to this point, is presented in DD2.0 and with English subtitles. The dialogue is always clear but Davis's lines stand out most, not only on account of his being the most experienced actor in the film but on his better delivery. On the other hand, there isn't much other than the dialogue and Leprechaun 3 is let down by a rather flat audio track, which doesn't so great on DVD.
There are no extras on this DVD release.