Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Leprechaun in Las Vegas (aka Leprechaun 3) review (1995).
Leprechaun is, in my opinion, the greatest horror film set in Las Vegas. As well as the magnificent setting, which brings Las Vegas to life on screen and focuses predominantly on a casino, the movie also features a more prevalent humor than the two previous films. It also comes across as a hell of a lot more fun than what went before. It really is my favorite movie in the whole franchise, and the fact it features Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2's Caroline Williams makes it all the better.
A man brings a leprechaun statue with a medallion around it's neck into a pawn shop. The owner of the pawn shop is warned never to remove the medallion, but of course, he doesn't listen, and unleashes the small green fellow upon the city of sin. A young man on his way to college visits the pawn shop and comes across one of the leprechauns gold coins, and takes it . It is said in this movie, that anyone who possesses a coin will receive a wish. The boy takes it to a casino, and the leprechaun follows him there, finding a den of sin that bring the leprechaun to life like we have never seen before!
One thing you can be sure of is that no rules previously set in any of the previous Leprechaun movies will be carried over to the sequels. For example, in the original movie, the only thing that could kill the Leprechaun is a four leaf clover. In the sequel, it's wrought iron that is the only thing that can harm the leprechaun, and in Leprechaun 3, the only thing that can stop him is destroying his pot of gold.
The setting of Las Vegas, while not creepy in any way, shape or form, definitely adds a sense of fun to the movie, as the casino is filled with all sorts of bad seeds who are trying their luck trying to win big, and when the leprechaun comes along and grants them their wishes, all many of gruesome hilarity is unleashed.
The kills in this movie have to be the most creative of any of the Leprechaun movies. They are of course over the top and filled with blood and gore, but that just adds to the fun factor.
I know the Leprechaun movies are pretty much slated everywhere, but ever since they were shown on British TV channel Bravo many years ago, I have loved the franchise. And I really don't think that will ever change.