Leprechaun (1993) Movie Review

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Leprechaun (1993)

1993 | R | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
92 minutes / 1h 32min

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Leprechaun Plot Synopsis:

When Dan O'Grady returns to the U.S. after stealing some Irish leprechaun's pot of gold, he thinks he can settle down and enjoy his newfound wealth. He thought wrong. The leprechaun followed him and O'Grady barely gets away with his life, having locked the little monster in his basement. Ten years later, J.D. and his spoiled daughter Tory move in. By accident, the leprechaun is released and almost immediately the annoying creature starts to look for his gold, not displaying any respect for human life.

Leprechaun (1993) Review

Leprechaun (1993) was written and directed by Mark Jones (Rumpelstiltskin (1995)) on an estimated $900 thousand budget but grossed about $8.5 million in the US box office via Trimark Pictures.

Leprechaun features Warwick Davis (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)) as the scary Leprechaun who cares for nothing save his precious gold. The intro to the film is exciting and sets the tone of the film from the very start. The Leprechaun was tricked out of his gold but now wants it back, so he travels to the US to get it back by force. He is however trapped in a box by the magic of a four leaf clover. The owner falls sick and the house is put up for sale. The new owner buys the house and brings his daughter Tory Reding (Jennifer Aniston - Friends (1994-2004), We’re the Millers (2013), The Iron Giant (1999)Office Space (1999)) for them to reside later. Handymen are hired to fix up the house with Nathan Murphy ( Ken Olandt) as the leader. With all of that out of the way, let us get to the review.

Leprechaun suffers from some bad acting, bad choices in camera angles at times, and the lack of a little polish on some scenes. Jennifer Anniston’s acting could have been better in most scenes and seems like she had a lack of acting skills or just could not nail the stuck up rich girl role. Ken Olandt never really feels right in the role as the leader and lead male role. The so called love interest between these two actors is horrible. Not for a moment is it believable that they have any interest in one another. Warwick Davis as the Leprechaun was, however, spot on and a terrific choice. His body language, the tone of voices, and the way that he carried the scenes is what held me to watch the screen. The Leprechaun lore was touched on but never fully discussed to a greater extent. Which the acting was better, and the Leprechaun lore had a little more depth. That being said, I felt the overall feel for the movie was no better than an average score because those key factors hurt the film for me. Every child I know who has watched this film has loved it regardless of the issues I mentioned earlier.


  • Leprechaun Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 4.03
  • IMDB: 4.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.3

About Leprechaun 1993

Title: Leprechaun
Year: 1993
Runtime: 92 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.01/5 stars from 19,982 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 19,982
MPAA Rating: R
Leprechaun Cast Starring: Warwick Davis, William Newman, Mark Holton, John Sanderford, Klexius Kolby, David Tripet, Shay Duffin, Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt, Robert Hy Gorman, John Voldstad, Pamela Mant, David Permenter, Raymond C. Turner, Heather Kennedy, Tim Garrick, Alexandra Sachs, Brandon Sachs
Leprechaun Writers: NA
Leprechaun Director: Mark Jones
Production: Trimark
Language: English
Country: USA