Netflix Instant Pick: Troll 2 and Best Worst Movie

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I’m not really a fan of bad movies. I know people who seek them out, or are fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000, but for me, it’s usually been more about curiosity than anything else. Most of these films, like Plan 9 From Outer Space or They Saved Hitler’s Brain, are awful, and so is the viewing experience. I know that Jerry Seinfeld (or at least the character from his show) loves Plan 9:

Elaine: You should’ve just had dinner with your uncle tonight and gotten in over with. It’s just a movie.
Jerry: Just a movie?! You don’t understand. This isn’t ‘Plans 1 through 8 from Outer Space’, this is ‘Plan 9’, this is the one that worked! The worst movie ever made!

Seinfeld, “The Chinese Restaurant” (1991)

I will leave others to debate whether Toll 2 is worse than every other movie, but what Troll 2 has that others lack is a supreme sense of watchability. We actually discovered Troll 2 through the documentary Best Worst Movie, which chronicles the film’s eventual rise to cult status. But more on that in a moment.

For those who are unaware, Troll 2 is a 1990 film by Italian director Claudio Fragasso, featuring a cast of unknowns, and was originally titled Goblins (the film was titled Troll 2 to capitalize on the success of the movie Troll). It is supposedly a horror film, though little about it is scary. I will refrain from talking any more about the plot, because for one, it doesn’t really make any sense, and two, I don’t want to ruin any of the fun.

I would highly recommend watching this movie, especially in a group setting, with some drinks or whatever else. I have never had this much fun watching a bad movie. Apparently, the combination of an Italian director, writer, and crew with an unexperienced American cast created the “perfect storm” that is Troll 2. This is an extremely earnest film, and that ultimately makes it so watchable. In fact, I may watch it again tonight. Or this weekend. Or both.

To that effect, the documentary Best Worst Movie, directed by Michael Stephenson, the child star of Troll 2, is a very personal portrayal of the cast/filmmakers of Troll 2, and the audiences that just can’t get enough. The documentary is fascinating to watch, and the slow reveal of what the cast and director are currently up to is masterfully edited. This is a movie filled with incredible people, and it’s amazing to imagine that the people behind ‘the worse movie ever’ are just as interesting…and strange…as the movie itself.

Troll 2 is on Netflix Instant, watch it.

Sadly, Best Worst Movie is not, but you should seek it out (or get the disc from Netflix). Together, both movies make for one of the most sublime double features imaginable.

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