Many believe Troll 2 to be the worst film of all time. I disagree. It is the best worst film around. There is even a documentary about it titled Best Worst Film, created by the film’s young protagonist. For those unfamiliar with this seminal turd, Troll 2 was made by an Italian director and given the name because the first Troll film (starring Sonny Bono and Elaine from Seinfeld) had a miniscule moniker of success. It was responsible for killing a relatively unknown franchise, but it went out in a fiery blaze, illuminating television screens across the world with its awfulness. I saw it at the Florida Film Festival this year and it was one of the best theater experiences of the last year or so. It truly is the best worst movie. Below is a review I wrote about it on Netflix. One person hated it, a bunch of others liked it.
Troll 2 (1990)
The first Troll film is entertaining, has a song about tampons, and stars Sonny Bono and Julia-Louis Dreyfus, but Troll 2 is the true gem in this set. I had the opportunity to see Troll 2 in the theater the other night and it’s one of the worst films ever made. The only thing worse is Manos: The Hands of Fate, which was justly lampooned by the MST3K crew. Yet, just because Troll 2 is technically proficient (shots are framed correctly, the sound is matched correctly, etc.) doesn’t mean the story, the acting, the music, the effects, or anything else is good. In fact, it’s atrocious. Little Joshua, who constantly sees his dead grandfather, Seth, is about to accompany his family to a little town named Nilbog for a month. The town is teeming with goblins (isn’t the film called Troll 2?) and only Joshua, with the help of his Molotov cocktail wielding dead grandpa, can save the family from becoming food for the monsters. The acting is beyond horrible, using a group of Italian actors that are reading the script verbatim and not adding any emotion. The score is comprised of cheap late ’80s synths that remind me of the original American Gladiators theme. There is also an evil witch that can’t act to save her life and a group of teenage boys that are overtly homoerotic, constantly trying to sleep with Joshua’s older sister. Now, don’t let any of this deter you from watching Troll 2. It’s a masterpiece in the realm of bad films. I can’t remember the last time I laughed this hard at a bad movie. However, I’m not sure how it will work on a smaller screen, since I just watched it in a theater, but I’m fairly certain that all of the awfulness of the product will translate just fine into a living room setting. Believe me; if you’re a fan of terrible film and haven’t seen Troll 2, you’re missing out.