Once in a great while, in every field of interest, we are blessed with a game-changer that inspires a new order of contemporaries to take up their pens/guitars/psychic-tandem-war-elephants and lend themselves to the craft in some way: TROLL 2.
In the world of late-night party movies, Troll 2 has made one of the most surprising claims-to-fame seen in a while. Namely, many agree that it is, simply put, the world’s BEST, WORST MOVIE, and a FANTASTIC starting point for almost ANY party-movie-get-together thing.
In recent years, this diamond in the rough has renewed interest in the so-bad-they’re-good genre (and even an award-winning full length documentary made by the child (now grown up) lead. It is fittingly titled “Best Worst Movie”. If you were a fan of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 in the 90′s, you know what I mean (and if you don’t, google it. you’ll be glad you did).
In the world of party movies, it is sometimes difficult to find films that are broadly appealing (no excessive swearing/nudity/gratuitous gore….but enough about my weekend) without sacrificing what I like to call “edge”.
In this film, we follow the the Waits family on a vacation from their sleepy city suburb to the even sleepier town of Nilbog, where they get a bit more distraction than they bargained for when a clan of goblins (that’s right. not trolls….goblins) plots to force-feed them green stuff that turns them into plants so that they can be eaten (since everyone knows that goblins are vegetarians).
FUN FACT: Troll 2 contains no trolls.
FUN FACT: Troll 2 was originally called GOBLINS, but was released as Troll 2 to piggy-back awareness of the moderately well-known film Troll (starring Noah Hathaway (e.g. Atreyu in the Neverending Story) as Happy Potter Jr. (that’s right…. Troll is TECHNICALLY the FIRST Happy Potter movie) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (e.g. Elaine from Seinfeld)).