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The Leprechaun-Artist/Dead Run 

"The Leprechaun-Artist": Three teenage boys are each granted a wish after catching a vacationing leprechaun. "Dead Run": A down-on-his-luck trucker accepts a job hauling an unusual cargo.

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Rod Serling (created by), Tommy Lee Wallace (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cork Hubbert ... Shawn McGool (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Joey Green Joey Green ... J.P. (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Bradley Gregg ... Richie (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Danny Nucci ... Buddy (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
James Hess James Hess ... Sergeant Brewer (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Marguerite DeLain Marguerite DeLain ... J.P.'s Mom (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Burr Middleton Burr Middleton ... Richie's Dad (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Charles Stransky ... Buddy's Dad (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist") (as Chuck Stransky)
Melinda Peterson ... Buddy's Mom (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Steve Railsback ... Johnny Davis (segment "Dead Run")
John de Lancie ... Dispatcher (segment "Dead Run") (as John DeLancie)
Barry Corbin ... Pete Siekovich (segment 'Dead Run')
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Gary Frick (segment "Dead Run")
James Lashly ... Merle (segment "Dead Run")
Paul Jenkins ... Trucker #3 (segment "Dead Run")
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Dead Run: A former hell-raising, now down-on-his-luck trucker accepts a last-chance job hauling condemned souls to Hell. The souls are taken by the trailer load to a complex of metal buildings filled with flames and the screams of the doomed, surrounded by barbed wire fences and faceless guards, in general resembling a prison. Something's wrong, though, as many of the souls seem to be wrongly condemned, and have huddled together to try to make sense of the situation and to help and protect themselves from the true demons. The trucker is upset by this, and tries to discuss it with his peers, but they tell him look the other way and mind his own business, judgment is not his problem. He tries to see 'the head man', but discovers that God, very busy with world affairs, has turned the job of judging over to a very conservative underling, who condemns based on the smallest of sins. The trucker decides to take matters into his own hands, and on his next run, stops and questions the souls ... Written by big_guy

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English

Release Date:

21 February 1986 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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John Barlow, a lyricist of the Grateful Dead (who contributed to the theme-song writing), made an appearance as a driver in "Dead Run". See more »

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Dumb leprechaun comedy story & decent Steve Railsbeck instalment
15 April 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE LEPRECHAUN-ARTIST is another dumb instalment of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, with a silly enough premise and look that I half expected Warwick Davis to pop up at any moment. Indeed I half wonder if the whole idea for those interminable LEPRECHAUN movies didn't stem from this episode after all...

In any case, the storyline involves a group of young teenagers who are after the usual kicks and stumble upon a leprechaun in the woods (as you do). It turns out the little guy has the power to grant wishes, but inevitably it all goes horribly wrong, leaving the kids with the moralistic lesson that life isn't as bad as you first think.

This is pretty much a sappy and uninteresting tale, with low rent production values and an unwelcome emphasis on comedy before anything else. The only notable thing for me was the presence of a black actor in a lead role, something noticeably missing from this series so far.

DEAD RUN is much better with an intriguing idea behind the story: a trucker is tasked with delivering a human cargo. His task? The souls in his truck have been condemned to eternal damnation so he's literally taking them on the road to Hell. The story boasts a neat performance by the reliable Steve Railsbeck who plays the on-edge trucker and it has a great little narrative with some good twists along the way. It's not perfect but it does make you think which says something.


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