Troll 2 (1990)
Fair warning: if you think this is an animated feature with the voice talents of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, turn around now and never look back. Troll 2 is a famously horrible little flick, well-loved by the sort of people who like being hurt by movies and often shelved along other classics of the form like The Room and Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Here’s what you need to know about Troll 2: the idea for the movie was born when the director’s wife got annoyed by the fact that several of her friends turned vegetarian; there are no trolls in it (it was produced under the name Goblins but changed to pretend it was a sequel to Troll, a mostly forgotten horror comedy starring Sonny Bono and Julia Louis-Dreyfus); and the entire crew (including director and producer) spoke only Italian and the entire cast spoke only English. It’s about a town of vicious, hideous goblins following a very responsible, eco-friendly plant-based diet and killing off a bunch of suburban jerks who mostly have it coming. It’s so bad the top-billed child actor later made a documentary about how bad it is and the cult following that rose up to support it. Stick around for Best Worst Movie and really immerse yourself in the queasy green milk that is Troll 2.
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