Famously scoring 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, Troll 2 is one of the most famous “best worst” films of all time. Now, you can watch it alongside Best Worst Movie, made by Troll 2 child star Michael Stephenson, which charts how the film went from cinematic disaster to cherished cult classic.
In 1989, a group of unknown Utah actors starred in what would be crowned the worst movie of all time: TROLL 2.
It has nothing to do with the first Troll, so don’t worry if you haven’t seen it. It centres on the Waits family who visit the town of Nilbog (IT’S GOBLIN SPELT BACKWARDS!), only to discover that the creepy locals aren’t their only problem. They are being hunted by vegetarian goblins who seek to transform them into plants so that they can eat them!
Why was it so bad? Well, firstly the script was written by director Claudio Fragasso and his wife Rosella Drudi, neither of whom actually spoke English at the time. It was cast with Utah residents, many of whom had no prior acting experience and Fragasso hired an exclusively Italian crew, none of whom spoke English. As the script was read verbatim at Fragasso’s insistence, and coupled with the production’s dodgy FX and poor acting, Troll 2 quickly became regarded as one of the worst films ever made.
However, it is for that very reason that it found a devoted fan following, many of whom love the film for its wide array of flaws. In 2010, Troll 2’s once-disgraced child star, Michael Paul Stephenson, decided to make BEST WORST MOVIE which celebrates the film’s unforgettable real-life characters and the army of devotees who continue to revel in the film’s perfectly flawed brilliance.
The perfect partner to seeing Troll 2, Best Worst Movie is an affectionate tribute to the single greatest bad movie ever made and the people responsible for unleashing it on the world.
Double bill screenings of both these films have already been massively popular all around the world, from London to Hong Kong to Canada. It is why the Bristol Bad Film Club is proud to be screening both films in our hometown and expect the screening to be as popular as other worldwide viewings.
When: 6.00pm, Sunday 27th October 2013
Location: The Lansdown, 8 Clifton Rd, Bristol, Avon BS8 1AF – the screening is on the big screen inside the heated, covered outside area. Bring a jumper to be safe.
Tickets: £7 in advance/ £8 on the door (All profits will be going to Help For Heroes)
TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT! SORRY!
Troll 2: “A little boy tries to warn his family and friends that the evil trolls his late grandfather used to tell him about are real. Unfortunately, no one believes him and he and his sister are sent to the enigmatic town of Nilbog where nightmarish things begin to happen.”
Best Worst Movie: “A look at the making of the film Troll 2 and its journey from being crowned the “worst film of all time” to a cherished cult classic.”
“It’s rare to find a film with such an ignominious reputation actually living up to the hype.” Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
“No description of it can quite contain its misguided ludicrousness or the way its infinite and varied sins against the traits of good cinema combine to produce one of the most uproarious unintentional comedies ever made.” James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
“There are movies that are bad. There are movies that are so-bad-they’re-good. And then there’s Troll 2 — a movie that’s so bad that it defies comprehension.” Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)