|Directed by||Brian Trenchard-Smith|
|Written by||David DuBos|
by Mark Jones
|Edited by||Daniel Duncan|
|Music by||Dennis Michael Tenney|
Blue Rider Productions
|Distributed by||Trimark Home Video|
Leprechaun 3 (also known as Leprechaun 3: In Vegas) is a 1995 American slasher comedy film and the third, and first direct-to-video installment, in the Leprechaun series. The film follows a psychotic leprechaun, who begins a killing spree in Las Vegas.
Leprechaun 3 became the highest-grossing direct-to-video film of 1995.
The film was followed by Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997).
The film begins with the Leprechaun, having been changed into a statue by a magical medallion, being sold to a Las Vegas pawn shop. Assuming his original form when the clerk removes the medallion, the Leprechaun kills him and goes on a rampage through a Las Vegas casino in search of one of his wish granting coins, which is passed from hand to hand. The Leprechaun is ultimately defeated by college student Scott McCoy (John Gatins) and Scott's new girlfriend Tammy Larsen (Lee Armstrong), who blast his gold with a flame-thrower, causing it to vanish and the Leprechaun to burst into flames.
- Warwick Davis as Lubdan The Leprechaun
- John Gatins as Scott McCoy
- Lee Armstrong as Tammy Larsen
- Caroline Williams as Loretta
- John DeMita as Fazio
- Michael Callan as Mitch
- Tom Dugan as Art
- Marcelo Tubert as Gupta
- Roger Hewlett as Tony
- Heidi Staley as The Fantasy Girl
- Merle Kennedy as Melissa "Mouse" Franklin (uncredited)
- Rod McCary as Father Bob (uncredited)
- Zoe Trilling as Shirley Finnerty (uncredited)
- Terry Lee Crisp as Elvis Presley Impersonator
After optioning a spec script of his own to Blue Rider Productions, screenwriter David DuBos was given an opportunity to pitch for Leprechaun 3. DuBos, who hadn't seen the previous two films, was only given the guideline of "Leprechaun in Las Vegas" for his pitch. DuBos won against six other writers and had to quickly put together a script due to an impending production start. Brian Trenchard-Smith, director of Night of the Demons 2 was selected to helm the film. Trimark Home Video had considered making the film the final entry in the series. The film was shot over the course of 14 days in Los Angeles, California, with only one day taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Leprechaun 3 was released direct-to-video on June 27, 1995 by Trimark Home Video, and went on to become the highest selling direct-to-video film of 1995. The studio would release the film on DVD on February 27, 2001. The film was released on blu-ray for the first time by Lionsgate Home Entertainment on September 30, 2014.
Actor Warwick Davis would later claim the film as his favorite of the series: "I think it tapped into the potential of bringing a comedic element to it all. And Brian Trenchard-Smith, who directed that one, is an incredible director. He manages to get so much out of so little money, and that was what was great about working with him. He really got the humor".
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