Tuesday, 11 October 2011

'Best Worst Movie' Review (2009)

The 'Best Worst Movie' title goes to Troll 2 (1990) directed by Claudio Fragasso. The documentary explores the cultism behaviour towards a film that has been dubbed as being so bad it is 'good' as it 'Tries to pin down the alchemy that transports a film from reject bin to cult favourite.' (Catsoulis, J (2010)

To readers who are unfamilar with the film this documentary is based upon the story is about a family that go on vacation and end up in a town of goblins disguised as humans who plan to turn them into plants so they can eat them. In the documentary the director is questioned about one of countless flaws in the movie, one of which is why there is no form of troll in the movie despite the name, Fragasso's reply was 'you have no idea.'  Furthermore it does not have any connections to the first movie.

"Troll 2 has become a midnight favorite, and Stephenson looks at the phenomenon while catching up with his profoundly untalented costars and the grouchy Italian director." Jones, J, R (2010)

The Italian director is seen in denial of the film being placed in the 'holy f***ing s***' realm of film, as he believes the film to be a masterpiece about family that is 'emotionally moving'. He truly believed that he 'inspired' people to see the movie as he shakes hands with the fans walking into a showings believing he is being praised for his mastery. Its not until he watches the audiences reaction to the film he comments why do they 'laugh when they are not meant to laugh.' The directors frustration builds up to the point where he lashes out in anger at a cast and crew by calling them 'dogs' at a conference as he blames the failure on the actors bad acting.

"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." (Henke, K (2008)

They follow one of the staring actors George Hardy as he went on a tour to special organised events where big crowds of the already fans of the cult phenomena, gathered to appreciate the movie where they can revel in its absurdity. At the events they re-enact the scenes that are the most hysterically cheesy which have become iconic amongst the cult. The most remembered and loved is the poorly acted, choreographed and scripted scene between the father and son leaving laughable puzzlement about his parental disciplinary methods.

Although one of the cast refuse to put the film on there resume out of embarrassment, however the film and crew have found a strange claim to fame by making the worst film ever make. Troll 2 is proof that any film can find and audience.


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