Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mark Jones|
|Produced by||Mark Amin
Jeffrey B. Mallian
|Written by||Mark Jones|
|Music by||Kevin Kiner
Robert J. Walsh
|Editing by||Christopher Roth|
|Distributed by||Trimark Pictures|
|Release date(s)||8 January 1993|
|Running time||92 minutes|
Leprechaun is a 1993 American horror comedy film written and directed by Mark Jones (screenwriter) and starring Warwick Davis and Jennifer Aniston in her first feature film role. The film was shot in Saugus, California. It is the first of six films in the Leprechaun franchise, as well as the first theatrical release of 1993.
In 1983 on the 10th of January, Daniel O'Grady returns home from a trip to Ireland to tell his wife that he had captured a Leprechaun and that by doing so, acquired his pot of gold. Unknowing to him, the evil Leprechaun had stowed away in one of his suitcases, killing his wife by pushing her down the basement stairs. After burying the gold, Daniel discovers the leprechaun and tries to kill it by showing a four-leaf clover, the Leprechaun's weakness. He manages to trap him inside a crate and attempts to burn it and the house to the ground, but suffers a stroke, leaving the leprechaun inside, guarded by the magic of the four leaf clover.
10 years later, in 1993, J.D. Redding and his teenage daughter Tory rent the O'Grady farmhouse for the summer when they meet Nathan Murphy, his little brother Alex, and their mentally challenged friend Ozzie Jones, who are re-painting the farmhouse. Ozzie is looking around the basement when he hears the Leprechaun's cry for help, mistaking him for a little child. He brushes the old four-leaf clover off the crate, letting the Leprechaun break free.
After trying to convince the others that he met a Leprechaun (which fails horribly due to his former ludicrous stories), Ozzie spots a rainbow and chases it, believing that there will be a pot of gold at the end. Alex accompanies him for fear Ozzie might hurt himself when they come across an old truck, with the bag of one hundred gold pieces magically appearing. After testing to see if it's real gold (where Ozzie bit the gold piece and accidentally swallowed it), they plot to keep it for themselves, hoping to fix Ozzie's brain.
The Leprechaun lures J.D. into a trap by imitating a cat, biting and injuring his hand. Tory and the others rush him to the hospital, followed by the Leprechaun, who traveled there on a tricycle. Alex and Ozzie go to a pawn shop to see if the gold is pure while Nathan and Tory are out, waiting on J.D.'s results. The Leprechaun attacks the pawn shop owner, killing him by crushing his chest with a pogo stick. After terrorizing and killing a policeman, the Leprechaun returns to the farmhouse, searching for his gold, while shining every shoe in the house. Everyone (minus J.D.) returns home, finding the house ransacked. Nathan goes out to see what is outside when he is injured by a bear trap set up by the Leprechaun.
After shooting the Leprechaun several times, they try to leave the farmhouse when the truck breaks down, due to the Leprechaun biting all the cords. After ramming the truck with his specially-made car, the Leprechaun terrorizes the gang until Ozzie reveals that he and Alex found the pot of gold. Tory recovers the bag from the old well, and gives it to the Leprechaun. Believing the worst to be over, they try to head out to the hospital. The Leprechaun is counting his gold when he discovers that he is missing one gold piece (the one Ozzie swallowed) and thinks that they have tricked him, leading him to terrorize them until Ozzie tells them about O'Grady, who was taken to a nursing home after his stroke. Tory decides to head out to the home to find out how to kill the Leprechaun.
Tory arrives at the nursing home, searching until she finds O'Grady, who is actually the Leprechaun, who chases Tory to the elevator. Tory escapes, while the bloodied body of O'Grady crashes through, managing to tell her that the only way to kill him is by a four-leaf clover, before dying. Tory returns home, and automatically starts searching for a clover until she is chased by the Leprechaun, who almost kills her until she is saved by Nathan and Ozzie. Alex tries to set a trap but is attacked by the Leprechaun, almost killing him but Ozzie tells him that he swallowed the last gold coin, and is critically wounded by the Leprechaun. Before the Leprechaun can kill Ozzie, Alex takes the four-leaf clover from Tory, sticks it to a wad of gum and shoots it into the Leprechaun's mouth, taking away his power. The skeleton of the Leprechaun appears out of the well until Nathan hits him down and pours gas inside the well, blowing up the well and killing the Leprechaun.
The police arrive where Tory is reunited with her father as the police investigate the remains of the well, where the Leprechaun vows he will not rest until he recovers every last piece of his gold.
- Warwick Davis as Leprechaun
- Jennifer Aniston as Tory Redding
- Ken Olandt as Nathan Murphy
- Mark Holton as Ozzie Jones
- Robert Gorman as Alex Murphy
- David Permenter as Deputy Tripet
- William Newman as Sheriff Cronin
- Shay Duffin as Dan O'Grady
- John Sanderford as J. D. Redding
Leprechaun opened in 620 theatres and took in $2,493,020 its opening week, ultimately earning $8,556,940 domestically, on a $900,000 budget. Critically, the film received negative reviews. It currently has an approval rating of 27% on movie review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on eleven reviews.
Lions Gate and WWE Studios are set to reboot the film. There is currently no writer or director, and the film is set for a 2013 release, with a sequel contracted as well. Dylan Postl (WWE's Hornswoggle) is set to star as Leprechaun. As of November 2012, no news of other actors or even a director have yet been announced.
- "Leprechaun (1993) - Weekend Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "Leprechaun - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- Clark, Ryan (15 March 2012). "WWE & Lionsgate Rebooting Leprechaun Franchise - WWE - eWrestlingNews.com". ewrestlingnews.com. Retrieved 3 August 2012.