Sunday, October 04, 2009

31 days of Halloween: Troll 2

Troll 2 posterTroll 2 is a horror movie (if you can call it) released in 1990.

Over the years Troll 2 has been considered one of the worst "watchable" films ever made. Anyone familiar with Mystery Science Theater 3000 knows the difference between a really bad film and one that's bad but surprisingly watchable on some level. There's absolutely no suspense, and any buildup is destroyed by the poor writing, acting and direction. The comedic elements fall flat and the scenes meant to instill fear only instill laughter. And that is precisely what saves it as a film. That might sound melodramatic, and it is. The film is a piece of garbage. Schadenfreude at its finest.

The plot centers around a family who are taking a vacation to Nilbog. Joshua, the young lead character of the film, is hesitant on going. He starts to see visions of his grandfather telling him that the family must not go on this vacation. Joshua's sister, Holly, has a loser boyfriend who has loser friends that Holly doesn't like. Going against Holly's wishes, her boyfriend and his friends intend to follow them to her family's vacation getaway, you know, for reasons and stuff. Well, surprise surprise, they're all entering a trap set by goblins (or trolls I suppose, the film doesn't really make it too clear). The goblins are hungry, and they have a taste for plant matter (being vegetarians) and thus must kill human mammals by turning them into plant matter. Yep, kill living creatures by turning them into plants doesn't bother them - they're eating vegetables after all, right? Creepy hilarity ensues with poorly plotted and shot deaths.

One of the most memorable parts of the film is the following sequence:

* out of *****

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