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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.
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.
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.
This is a great documentary...but I'm left torn about how it made me feel overall. There were a lot of parts that were just a lot of fun to watch. All the viewing parties. George Hardy (the dad) while he's still in his Cult Hero honeymoon phase. The silly recreations of some hilarious scenes. Don Packard (the creepy general store owner) saying how much he hated Michael Stephenson (Joshua) while they were filming in such a way that seriously made me wonder if he knew he was talking to Michael Stephenson...
Then there was Margo Prey (the mother). Her interview was incredibly sad and uncomfortable. The way she compares Troll 2 to Casablanca really makes you realize that she desperately…
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…
Best Worst Movie was funny for a while and then dragged on until it bludgeoned itself to death. It left me feeling like I lost part of my life.
Watched With Parker.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Haha this is great!
Simply hilarious, inspiring, and moving!
Last time I had this feeling was watching Raiders!
I felt so bad for the director, but, maybe that's why Troll 2 is so lovable, because of the director.
I think I might watch Troll 2
Makes me want to see Troll 2, even if it doesn't seem to delve all that deeply into the phenomenon.
That it's made by one of the 'stars' of Troll 2, the 'worst movie ever made', is what steers this away from mocking hipster irony to give us a genuinely sweet and decidedly odd where-are-they-now documentary. That it centres on the charming actor-turned-dentist George Hardy as its hero, following his exploits as he drums up support for comedic revival screenings, is more luck than genius, but that's fine, because Michael Stephenson knows what he's got here. Not only an insight into the unconventional world of the jobbing actor, and the quirks of the convention circuit, it's even got a pantomime villain in Claudio Fragasso, director of Troll 2 (it doesn't even have any trolls in it!) and a man whose inflated ego won't let him admit he was a purveyor of trash.
Like a Christopher Guest mockumentary, but real.
Why did they leave out the "OH MY GOOOOD!"-scene? :(
This is like a Ricky Gervais tv show brought to life.
This movie is pretty light fare. It's sort of funny to see the characters that came out of Troll 2 like the guy who was on leave from a mental institution when he acted in the film, or the crazy-eyed, witchy lady who never leaves the home she lives in with her silent and crazy mother, or the over-earnest dentist who's never had any excitement in his life besides touring for this movie - BUT...that being said, it's only entertaining for so long, and the movie stretches the material too far without digging into any of the themes it presents. The director and his wife, the writer, seem like they came from another planet, and they don't ever seem to…
The "Troll 2 is like a religion!" self-aggrandizement goes on way too long, but the George Hardy 15 minutes of fame train slowly screeching to a halt in the middle of nowhere is totally fascinating to watch in real time. B-
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