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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 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!
TONS of gingivitis.
Cf. American Movie
An awesome documentary for one of the most awesome cult movies of all time. It is so fun and sometimes very depressing to see where the people that made this epic picture are today.
The best display I've seen showing why people like myself love these types of movies.
A fun little documentary. Not much in the way of the documentary craft, but its subjects and story more than make up for that. You have to watch Troll 2 to fully appreciated the documentary.
(6/10 is "Good")
This film is so down to earth, so innocent and so fun that it's difficult not to like.
I really enjoyed watching George Hardy's journey from dentist to cult hero to almost getting a swelled head to wanting to go back to being a dentist. He's a pretty entertaining dude. The rest of the movie has some cool moments like reenactments and seeing how other cast members respond to being so famous for such a bad movie.
My only real problems with the movie are that there's too many shots of fan reaction to the movie, too many people saying how great the movie is, and too many movie showings that really don't offer anything new. I also don't absolutely love when they take a couple of cast members that don't quite understand why the movie is becoming…
Second viewing. Just fun.
"Bad food is bad food, bad music is bad music, but a bad movie is not always bad"
A great little companion piece to the recently reviewed Troll 2. This film looks at the humble beginnings of a little know "Horror" movie about vegetarian Goblins and follows the lead actors (one of which is this documentary's director as they travel North America as the learn how much the movie has turned into a cult phenomenon and what it means to the fans. Why the F*** was the movie even called "Troll 2"?, a question unfortunately not answered in this documentary (even when the director was asked).
So, if you love bad movies, and you've already put yourself through the original movie, be sure to check this out.
Must-see companion to Troll 2.
Examines many aspects around that movie in a sensitive and warmhearted way.
There's a bit of melancholia when the cast of Troll are at Comic Con, speaking to a mostly empty room.
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All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Documentaries about movies or anything to do with movies. And yes, some of these stretch the definition of "documentary" quite…