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Best Worst Movie
The Story Behind The Worst Movie Ever Made - Troll 2
A look at the making of the film Troll 2 (1990) and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic.
For me, the best worst film of all time shall always be The Room. But Troll 2 is something to cherish in its own right too.
While lacking a strict structure, it offers a wonderful insight into the world of this Cult Classic phenomenon and a glimpse into the lives of those involved in its production. Those who embrace their new-found fame, those who run from it in fear, and even those who just seem down right deluded when discussing it. Its a fun watch, often hilarious and weird, and just aids in spreading the word of one of the best worst movies ever made.
I had a blast watching Troll 2 for the first time. This documentary made me love Troll 2 even more. I am now going to search eBay and buy the Blu-Ray copy of Troll 2 immediately.
George Hardy seems like a genuinely awesome guy. If I lived in Alexander City, Alabama he would totally be my dentist.
Oh hey Joshua made a good documentary about Troll 2! A well made entertaining and often hilarious experience following the actors and film makers of Troll 2 19 years on. The main star the film follows is the dad in the film played by George Hardy who is a dentist in Alabama, an immensely fascinating, joyous and funny character who starts to go to screenings of Troll 2 and finds himself being adored by tons of adoring fans. Other actors from the film are found and come along for the screenings as well as the intriguing but scary serious (deluded?) Italian director of Troll 2, Claudio Fragasso.
As well as being humorous the documentary is genuinely heartfelt, you come to…
Have you ever seen Troll 2? Please tell me you have! Ok, if you haven't, trust me on this, stop what you're doing, get on Amazon, order it, wait, watch it, then come back and enjoy Best Worst Movie, a tie-in documentary filmed two decades after Troll 2 was made which captures the emergence of a true cult classic in every sense of the word. Michael Stephenson was a child actor when Troll 2 came out--not in cinemas, rather on wobbly VHS--with aspirations of being a superstar, only to be crushed when he realised that Troll 2 was, possibly, the worst film ever made. He devised this documentary upon realising that a legion of post-modern film fans, starved of genuinely…
I get so uncomfortable with movies like this and Winnebago Man, happy that the people involved in pop culture items elevated into an ironic pantheon accept this with good humor but uncomfortable with parading them before a dubiously sincere audience for appraisal. Sure, the kid from Troll 2 is the director, and the dad is thrilled to stand before a crowd, but even those who get genuine pleasure from Troll 2 (like yours truly) can turn appreciation into exploitation. It's hard to watch the daughter, still an actor, discuss the fear and despair that fills her when a casting director looks up her name and finds the credit she won't list on a CV. Even worse to catch up with…
I originally watched this before I had even seen Troll 2 and kinda enjoyed it but didn't fully appreciate it. So, on a rewatch after seeing Troll 2 last year at some point, I liked this more.
I don't think the director quite understood how his little old movie was popular because it is terrible. Awkward!
I couldn't quite decide if George Hardy was an egomaniac. He seemed to love the attention when he got it and couldn't handle it when the attention wasn't there in the conventions.
And the girl who played the Mum seemed to even make George a little uneasy!!!
A great fun documentary!
no se puede ver este documental sin ver troll 2 ─son piezas interconectadas toda vez que esta explora el culto de aquella─, pero si se conoce troll 2 (y se gusta al menos un poco), esto es pura diversión. hay mucho de awkwardness, principalmente en el caso de margo (cuya vida es tristísima) y mucho de comedia involuntaria, pero george hardy, el papá en troll 2, aligera todo con su carisma de, bueno, #papá. hay un montón de amor aquí. <3
a very informative & fun doc about a complete clowncar trainwreck of movie production. not sure if it's more rewarding to watch after you're familiar with troll 2 or as some kind of explanation after seeing it for the first time. whether or not you like the movie it's about i'm sure you'll find something interesting here!
Cool, interesting and self-aware of the terribleness of Troll 2. The sentimentality of the cast and crew behind the whole Troll 2 experience and it's massive fan base is what really makes this documentary worth watching. It reminds you that no matter how bad an artist you are, nothing will stop you from making your art.
I definitely have no interest to watch "Trolls 2" after this film.
However I was truly fascinated by the Italian director and his obnoxious and repugnant behavior over his actors of the film who understandably had issues with understanding his instructions during the making of the film back in 1990.
Another highlight was the reunion with the actress who played the mother in the film, Margo Prey.
The aspiring actress was elusive to be contacted and her appearance and her personal life conundrum made give significance to the cinema verite of this film.
Best Worst Movie was charming to a point then waded a little far into cringe territory for me. Though then again what else would you expect from a Troll 2 doc?!
I enjoyed this a lot even though I have not seen Troll 2 yet (but will). George Hardy (who plays the father in Troll 2) is a small town dentist with stars in his eyes who didn't speak about his appearance in the film but started to attend screenings and mixing with fans. He seems very genuine and down to earth and I think that is what makes this documentary work. They were having fun making the movie and having fun making this documentary. That's not to say that it answers a lot of questions about the making of the movie. I still have no idea why an Italian Film director was in Utah shooting a low budget film or…
Too weird to live, too rare to die.
I really have to watch Troll 2 now.
Viewing of Troll 2 is compulsory before watching this. A great insight into the actors and crew behind the film 18 years on, plus the cult status the film has achieved since. However I felt a greater analysis of the film's original production was lacking.
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