Saturday, April 16, 2016

Coffee is the Devil’s Drink, or Thoughts on Troll 2

Much like Ed Wood’s infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959), Troll 2 (1990) is so bad it somehow boomerangs around and becomes good.  Imagine if you can, an Italian director with a minimal command of the English language, deciding to write a screenplay in English, and direct an American cast, in Italian.  Did I mention that the cast of largely amateur performers didn’t speak Italian?  Because that happened too.  The awkward acting, cringe-inducing dialogue and confusing plot makes for a memorable viewing experience.
A family goes on vacation to the town of Nilbog (there are no trolls in this movie), and drinks contaminated or maybe magic green milk and get chased by a bunch of goblins.  There’s a ghost grandpa that only the son can see, and the boyfriend of the older sister shows up.  They used actual residents of the small Utah towns surrounding the location to fill in the cast, which ends up being more frightening than the goblins, as these people actually live there.

Directed by Claudio Fragasso (under the screen credit/pseudonym Drake Floyd) and starring Michael Stephenson, who went on to make a documentary on the experience entitled Best Worst Movie (2009), which it most certainly is.

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