Red Clover (film)

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Red Clover

DVD cover and poster reflecting the current title of the film
Written by Anthony C. Ferrante
Directed by Drew Daywalt
Starring Billy Zane
Courtney Halverson
William Devane
Theme music composer Gregory S. Burkart
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Anthony C. Ferrante
Cinematography Robert Morris
Editor(s) Asaf Eisenberg
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) After Dark Films
Distributor Lionsgate
Original network SyFy
Original release
  • March 17, 2012 (2012-03-17)

Red Clover (also known as Leprechaun's Revenge and St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun) is a 2012 made for television horror movie directed by Drew Daywalt. The movie was originally made under the title Red Clover, but was changed to Leprechaun's Revenge for a March 17, 2012 television release on the SyFy Channel.[1] The title was switched back to Red Clover for its 2013 DVD release.[2] Red Clover stars Billy Zane as a Massachusetts sheriff who must save his town from a homicidal leprechaun.[3]


Set in the fictional town of Keening, Massachusetts, the movie follows Karen O'Hara (Courtney Halverson), a young woman who is largely unaware of the town's true bloody past. About sixty-six years ago, a horrific massacre devastated the town, and since that time the town has decided to forgo any St. Patrick's Day festivities. The town managed to temporarily rid themselves of the killer, a bloodthirsty leprechaun, by sending it to another dimension by way of an old book. However, Karen accidentally sets the monster free one day while she is out hunting. The leprechaun immediately sets about killing several people, but Karen's father, Sheriff Conor O'Hara (Billy Zane), is unwilling to believe Pop O'Hara's (William Devane) claims that the murders are perpetuated by a supposedly mythical being.



Daywalt began working on Red Clover while developing another project with After Dark, who had asked him to direct for them after viewing some of his other work.[4] During the development of the film, writer Ferrante wanted to make the leprechaun character "creepy and organic" and wanted to avoid the typical clothing associated with St. Patrick’s Day.[5] One of the weapons used in the film, a staff with four sharpened horseshoes on it, was developed after Ferrante joked that they could call the movie "Four-Leaf Cleaver".[5] Filming took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[6]


Critical reception for Red Clover under its original name and its DVD release were mixed to negative.[7][8] Comparisons were made to the Leprechaun film series and the movie's plot was one of the most commonly criticized elements of Red Clover.[9] At the same time, several reviewers acknowledged that the film had some entertainment value as a B movie.[10][11] columnist Zachary Leeman panned the film overall, criticizing several elements including the design for the leprechaun.[12] DVD Verdict gave a mixed review, stating that "this isn't as plainly awful as almost everything that airs on that network, but that doesn't mean it's very good, either".[13] In contrast, the review from was largely positive, praising the movie's dialogue and acting.[14]


  1. "Red Clover Becomes Leprechaun's Revenge and Gets an Air Date from Syfy". Dread Central. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  2. Turek, Ryan. "After Dark's Red Clover Finds DVD Release Date". STYD. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  3. "Billy Zane vs. a killer leprechaun?! Read more about Red Clover!". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  4. "Leprechaun's Revenge: An Exclusive Interview With Drew Daywalt". STYD. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  5. 1 2 "Leprechaun's Revenge: An Exclusive Interview With Anthony C. Ferrante". STYD. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  6. "Exclusive: Drew Daywalt on the Making of 'Leprechaun's Revenge'". Fearnet. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  7. "'Leprechaun's Revenge' won't make you green with envy". Newsday. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  8. "Review: Leprechaun's Revenge (2012)". Dread Central. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  9. "Review: Red Clover". DVD Talk. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  10. Weinberg, Scott. "FEARnet Movie Review: 'Red Clover'". Fearnet. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  11. Coleman, Jason. "DVD Review: 'Red Clover'". StarPulse. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  12. Leeman, Zachary. "'RED CLOVER' DVD REVIEW: LIMP LEPRECHAUN TALE NEITHER CAMPY NOR SCARY". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  13. "Review: Red Clover". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  14. "Film Review: Leprechaun's Revenge (2012)". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
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