Sometimes, the stars align and we get a great movie. And sometimes, the stars align and we get one of the best “so bad that it’s good” movies ever released. If you’re not familiar with this type of movie, Troll 2 is a perfect way to start your journey. A journey that’s going to be full of laughter, questions, amazement, and even more laughter and even more questions. Are they for real? This has to be staged, no one in their right mind would come up with this and then intentionally keep it in their movie, right? Right!?
Did you know that the entire cast of Troll 2 came to the audition thinking they hoping to be extras? However, all of them got the leading roles, and this is why the acting is just so fucking perfect. I could go on and on, giving you all the details but that way I would spoil the treasure that is Best Worst Movie. This documentary was released in 2009, almost twenty years after the original movie first hit the video stores. And it’s going to provide a lot of answers for you. To be perfectly clear, it’s just an addition to this cult classic. And you don’t have to watch it in order to enjoy this one.
Troll 2 is not just funny, Troll 2 is hilarious. And it starts being unintentionally hilarious from the first second. You see a lost grown ass hunted by a bunch of deformed Ewoks in a spooky forest. The costumes and the make-up are at the same time charming, freaky, and insanely funny. And remember, this is the opening scene. So, be ready for all the wonders that are waiting for you. And then we realize that this is a story one dedicated grandpa is reading to his grandson. The story is about goblins although the title of the movie suggests otherwise.
It’s a mistake that’s easy to make because our creatures wear burlap sacks and Halloween masks. Everything about Troll 2 is so bad and yet so endearing. The script is bad and yet incredibly charming. This might have to do with the fact that the director and writer of this movie are Italians who know just a little bit of English. Moreover, they insisted the actors use their script verbatim and not ad-lib to make it sound more natural. The acting is even worse than the script but you somehow start loving these characters and actors playing them.
The story makes no sense at all and yet you’ll know it by heart by the time the movie is over. And you’ll be able to share your joy with millions and millions of other fans of bad movies. Of course, I highly suggest you get high before watching the movie. The higher the better because you would want to enhance this experience. And if you can get a couple of friends to join you well, now you’ve got yourself a true bad movie night party. Even the music you hear throughout the movie is just so damn fun that you’ll cheer up no matter what’s going on in your life.
There are dozens and dozens of YouTube clips about this movie. Along with Samurai Cop, it’s probably the most popular bad movie on the planet right now. So, I won’t bother you too much with all the details. As I said, it’s best that you first check out the movie itself, then the documentary and only then you should move on to watch those YouTube clips. Finally, if you’re looking for more of the same, I suggest you check out our Rabbit Reviews selection of Movies So Bad They’re Good.
However, I simply can’t help myself and I have to tell you about George Hardy’s audition. He’s the guy playing Michael Waits, the father. So, the entire audition process consisted of him saying one line of dialogue in front of nine Italian producers who were all smoking and who didn’t know a word of English. Do you know what his line was? It was: “You can’t piss on hospitality!”
Director: Claudio Fragasso
Writers: Rossella Drudi, Claudio Fragasso
Cast: Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young, Jason Wright, Darren Ewing
Fun Facts: The director of the movie Claudio Fragasso genuinely and honestly thought the movie is going to be a success. He was furious both with the audience and the actors when the entire auditorium started laughing.