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Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
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…
Any documentary made about the cult phenomenon of Troll 2 was going to be enjoyable to a certain extent no matter what, and although Michael Paul Stephenson (the kid actor in the movie) did a good job with making Best Worst Movie fun, he failed to deliver on the one rule I had for it before watching: YOU MUST INCLUDE THE "They're eating her....and then they're going to eat me....oh my gooooooooooooooooooooood!" clip.
I was dumbfounded to not once see that clip included. For all 90+ minutes of the documentary, we never see it, not even once. It would have taken twenty seconds. I can't be the only one who considers that to be far and away the funniest scene…
When I watched this I was expecting a documentary about how filmmakers end up making bad movies. This film isn't about that at all. Instead its a very heart warming and insightful look behind the curtain at one of the worst films around. Some bits are cringe inducing and uncomfortable, but its just part of really amazing and elightening story. The lead subject is particularly charming.
The Fandom of Troll 2 explored, the film of course considered one of the worst ever made, and with this comes the cult status, like Plan 9 frfom outer Space and The Room. here our main focus within exploring the film is the actor(now a Dentist) who played the father, and his thoughts on everything concerning the fandom and his role within it. it comes off great, as we see him reconnect with the film and embraces it for this film. lots explored, from Fan screenings to the Italian director coming back for a showing. a loving look at the film, actors, and its fans.
i still havent watched troll 2, but this was a rly good doc
Best Worst Movie concerns Troll 2; a horror film holding the impressive title of "Worst Movie Ever". Not actually containing any trolls, or being linked to the first film, Troll 2 is presented to us as being uniquely awful, in a way nothing else can match.
But Best Worst Movie isn't really about Troll 2, it's about the people whose lives are in some way tangled up in. Child stars, the leading man turned dentist, the hilariously furious director and the insane cult following of people who truly love this film. The web of people stretches from the fun-loving to the near disturbed. At any given moment I expected this doc to pull a Dear Zachary. Thankfully, it doesn't.
One excited fan exclaims that Troll 2 is an interactive experience -- one that you make your own. I am more than up for trying.
Strangely fascinating, often poignant and sometimes uncomfortable viewing, this is actually not what I was expecting.
There are scenes in this that would sit comfortably alongside anything from The Office or This Is Spinal Tap including a disturbing sequence in which the director and George Hardy make an impromptu house call on old cast member Margo Prey, quite clearly suffering from problems with her own mental health, and end up re-enacting Troll 2's car scene with Prey's invalid, semi-dementia-ridden wheelchair-bound mother looking on.
And there's a scene that echoes This Is Spinal Tap's record store signing scene just beautifully.
In fact, I dare say this documentary is more quotable than Troll 2.
"There's plenty of gingivitis around here. Really bad. I guarantee you only about 5 percent of these people floss their teeth on a daily basis."
A documentary about 1990's TROLL 2 (a notorious and beloved B movie) by its child star. That film was a mockbuster of 1986's TROLL, hampered by an arrogant and clumsy Italian director, and went down in history as one of the worst ever. This film is kind of a teasing appreciation thereof, but it's just as weak as most documentaries are, actually.
The Italian guy, still as arrogant as ever nearly two decades later (primarily in his conviction, in spite of it all, that he'd actually made a good movie), is maybe the more interesting character -- "Being considered the worst movie is almost as good as being considered the best: you've made an impression." But he's sidelined for one…
So I thought this was going to be on a lot of terrible films, but it was only about Troll 2, which I haven't seen. I watched the documentary regardless because it is going off Netflix soon, but now that I've seen it, I definitely want to watch Troll 2 in the near future.
An obvious labor of love, with former child performer Michael Stephenson "getting the band back together," as it were, documenting his reunion with the cast and crew of his first film, the notorious hot mess Troll 2, at a series of live screenings. The characters involved in the production are vastly stranger and more interesting than the characters IN the film, and Stephenson gives them all a chance to shine. Apart from some interesting casual details about the shoot, though, the film doesn't have all that much to say. It DOES speak to the innate human desire to create and perform, even if you're not very good at it, and it's a positive thing that so many of the actors…
Almost as entertaining as the movie it celebrates. And not much in the history of film can say that. Period.
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