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JK Rowling, Green Gore, Sonny Bono and the girl that saved mankind on V- what more do you want?,
This review is from: Troll/Troll 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Troll released in 1986 was one of my guilty pleasures even as a kid. I must have worn out the tape at the rental store and even after that the guy behind the counter sold me the film for £5. This was in the days when new releases would go for £60 and upwards. Either he wanted rid of me or the film.
Watching Troll now is not nearly as fun as it was as a kid- but you know what I still like the film. It's an easy 3 stars, a good film without being anything spectacular.
Lets look at the meat on the bones. First up we have the underrated lead actor playing dad in Michael Moriarty. The plot is simple enough- Moriarty's family move into an apartment block, but wrong choice as this block is about to be turned into a forest via the evil trolls. I know stick with me on this. His daughter is played by Jenny Beck- the little blonde girl who saved the day on V- as Elizabeth. I have to say she had wonderful acting talent for her age. After this she made I believe one more movie and fell off the radar- such a shame.
The brother is flat as flat- cannot act, how he got the job may well be one of lifes greatest mysteries.
One of the flatmates by the way is played by Julia Louis Dreyfuss who would go on to star in Seinfeld. And another neighbour is Sonny Bono, who really hams it up and plays it well.
Troll is not the greatest piece of film but there is something charming about the fantasy aspect of it- it's a horror without being a horror if that makes sense. Oh and one final word on the brother who cannot act- his name is Harry Potter who gets wizard powers. A decade later a certain JK Rowling invented Harry Potter the wizard. It's fun then to see this movie getting a DVD release, as I am sure she thought when obviously copying this that the film would be lost so to speak.
Its sequel, which has zero to do with this film was released four years later in 1990. In fact Troll 2 doesn't even contain trolls, rather goblins. Now this film is a strange cousin. It's not awful but of course it's not good either. It was once voted as the worst horror film of all time, or that may have been actual film of all time. But that is way wide of the mark. There are lots happening in the movie, but the real downfall of the film is the absolutely deathly poor acting. Each scene is as if the actors/actresses are reading their lines off camera. Wooden does not come close. Indeed the little kid is the best actor by a mile, at least the little spurt shows some emotion. It's worth watching Troll 2 drunk and with friends to have a laugh.
And a special mention must go to George Hardy, quite possibly the worst actor in motion picture history, think Bill Clinton having a slow stroke over a 90 minute period. He even murders a cover version of row, row row your boat. It comes as no surprise that Hardy would not work in film or TV in 17 years after this. If Guns N'Roses Chinese Democracy was a human, it would surely be Hardy.
All in all I give this release 3 stars, but I'm being kind as Part 2 brings this overall package down.