Leprechaun (1993)

logoDirector: Mark Jones

Writer: Mark Jones (Screenplay)

Starring: Warwick Davis, Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt, Mark Holton, Robert Hy Gorman, Shay Duffin, John Sanderford, John Voldstad


Plot: An evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold.


Verdict: Classic Fun Horror


Story: We follow as the Leprechaun looks for its pot of gold which one man has stolen. Trapped he has to wait to be released from his prison. Ten years later a father and daughter move into the house in hopes of doing it up but along with a decorating team the group have to team up to stop the leprechaun on its rampage.

What this film does is create a fun horror experience without being over the top blood, gore and using a low body count. It will always be remembered for being slightly different to all the rest out there and entered the same generic league as Gremlins. It would be fair to say this uses the legend of a leprechaun well, even if it sometimes comes off comical. This is enjoyable and could be enjoyed as it is easy to follow. (7/10)


Actor Review


Warwick Davis: Leprechaun he just wants his pot of gold and he will attack and kill to make sure he gets it back. With plenty of funny lines, funny actions and all round craziness this is a fun character that could easily be put next to a Freddy Kruger like character. Good performance from Warwick who created an iconic horror character. (8/10)


Jennifer Aniston: Tory city girl who has to spend her summer with her father in the country doing up a house. She hates the idea because it is dirty and she just wants clean hotel and swimming pools. After she stays she helps the decorators stop the leprechaun. Good performance in her debut film role from the superstar in the making. (7/10)


Ken Olandt: Nathan local decorator and hunk that has gain the attention of Tory, he has to look at his co-workers and family as they fight against the leprechaun. Good but simple performance. (6/10)


Mark Holton: Ozzie plays the simple minded painter who is good friends with young Alex, they keep the gold hidden hoping it could help in their futures even though he accidently swallows one of the coins. Good performance without over playing the simple side of his character. (7/10)


Robert Hy Gorman: Alex young over smart boy who thinks he knows best, sounds familiar to every type of horror right? He does a good job in the role and gets the best lines. (7/10)


Support Cast: Most of the support cast are the ones the leprechaun gets his hands on killing looking for his gold.


Director Review: Mark Jones – good direction to create an enjoyable horror film that can still be enjoyed today. (7/10)


Comedy: Light hearted comedy used throughout to cover up the horror going on during the film. (7/10)

Horror: Solid horror side to the story, it is more being chased over getting killed by the Leprechaun. (7/10)

Settings: Most of the film is on the small house in the middle of the countryside, this creates solid isolation which always helps a horror film. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Solid special effects used only a few CGI most a practical effects. (7/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the horror fans to watch it is fun and entertaining. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: Leprechaun character.

Worst Part: Bit cheesy

Kill Of The Film: Pogo Stick

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Became a franchise before getting rebooted.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $8.5 Million

Budget: $900,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Her luck just ran out

Trivia: One scene required the Leprechaun to find and eat Lucky Charms cereal, which the company gave them permission to do. Upon seeing the finished film, the company was displeased and would not allow them to use the scene. The film makers had the choice to either cut the scene or to re-shoot it, costing them more money. They chose to re-shoot it, replacing the brand name with an obvious spoof of the name brand cereal, and, made one last additional surprise ending scene while they were filming. Furious with the cereal company for making them re-shoot the scene, they pulled the kid character aside and had him say a new line. His line, “Your luck just ran out!” was changed to “F*ck you, Lucky Charms!” as an obvious reference to the whole ordeal.


Overall: Enjoyable Horror Comedy Just Grab your Four Leaf Clover

Rating 71

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