66. Best Worst Movie
This past October I did a review of 31 Horror movies. The longest article was easily my coverage of Troll 2. I love this movie, despite all it’s faults. It’s a terrible movie, awful. But it’s one of those rare bad movies that is so awful, but so sincere that it crosses the line from bad into wonderful.
Much like the recent Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Troll 2 is a film where absolutely nothing is done correctly. Cameras are poorly placed, editing is bad, acting is terrible and the writing is even worse. If you thought you were the only fan of this terrible movie, you are not alone. Best Worst Movie is a beautiful documentary about a rapid fan base for a bad movie, but it’s so much more than that.
What makes this documentary so special (and one of only two including Young@Heart to make the top 100 list) is the actors from Troll 2. Yes part of this documentary is about the fanbase, but the star of the movie is the original cast (specifically George Hardy).
George Hardy comes off as a great guy. He loves his fans, his friends and his family. I was priviilaged enough to talk to him on the first episode of my podcast The Saint Mort Show.
The documentary is a tale of redemption. You see this everyday people who dreamed of growing up to be a star when they were young. Sadly the first film on their resume is Troll 2 and their career seemed over. Now 17+ years later they discover they have a fan base. Watching these actors realize that they are loved and important to a group of people is a magical effect.
The actors from Troll 2 are as weird and bizarre as the character they play in the original film. Some of them are batshit crazy while other’s are super down to earth and friendly. It’s an incredible character study and transformation. I can not recommend this enough.
Matt Kelly can also be found hosting The Saint Mort Show, Co-hosting the Reddit Horror Club Podcast, Writing for Geekscape,Tweeting and running Dollar Monday Promotions.