‘It horrifies you in your sleep, and haunts you for life.’
Troll 2 is a 1990 Italian fantasy horror film written and directed by Claudio Fragasso [as Drake Floyd] (Night Killer; Beyond Darkness; After Death). The movie stars Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie McFarland, Deborah Reed and Jason Wright.
The plot concerns a family pursued by vegetarian goblins who seek to transform them into plants so that they can eat them.
Although produced under the title Goblins, U.S. distributors were dubious about the film’s chances to succeed as an indie film and renamed it Troll 2 in an attempt to market it as a sequel to the 1986 Empire Pictures film Troll. The two films, however, have no connection, and no trolls are actually depicted in Troll 2.
The film’s production was rife with difficulties, largely revolving around a language barrier between the Italian-speaking crew and English-speaking cast, and producer Joe D’Amato’s approach to low-budget filmmaking. The resulting film has come to be evaluated as one of the worst films ever made.
In subsequent years, the film gained a cult following and garnered a large fanbase. In 2009, Stephenson, the child star of the film, directed a critically acclaimed documentary about its production and subsequent popularity, humorously titled Best Worst Movie.
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Michael has always dreamed of being a farmer and arranges a home exchange vacation in which he and his family will move into a house in the rural farming community of Nilbog (which is “goblin” spelt backwards) for a month.
The night before the family is scheduled to leave, Michael’s son Joshua (Stephenson) is contacted by the ghost of his dead grandfather, Seth (Robert Ormsby), warning him that vegetarian goblins want to transform him and his family into plants so that they can eat them. Seth tells Joshua that goblins can turn people into plants by feeding them poisoned food or drink…
“The pacing is erratic and always off, racing through the parts that could have used a little more time (like the final fight against the goblins) and dragging through parts that should have been quick (like shopping trips). Parts that were supposed to be scary are hilarious (the flesh-eating goblins are vegetarians), and the parts that were supposed to be funny or dramatic are just strange.” Steve Miller, 150 Movies You Should Die Before You See
“Some of it is hard to believe, such as the idea that casting a local dentist with no acting experience in one of the major roles would work out fine. The final film barely looks real. It feels like some kind of elaborate practical joke played on the viewer…” Paste magazine
Storekeeper: “There’s no coffee here in Nilbog! It’s the Devil’s drink!”