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Troll (1986)


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Release Date: Jan 17, 1986 Wide



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When a family moves into a San Francisco apartment, an opportunistic troll decides to make his move and take possession of little Wendy (Jenny Beck), thereby paving the way for new troll recruits, the first in his army that will take eventual control of the planet. As luck would have it, the building conveniently rests on a crease in the time-space continuum, so it isn't hard to open the door to trollworld, or whatever the troll would call it. But even the path to world domination begins with a

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An insufferable piece of tripe that may or may not have inspired "Harry Potter"...

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Sonny Bono + Gary Sandy + giant pickles = genius.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source:

It goes without saying that the film is pretty awful. But that doesn't mean it's not pretty funny too.

October 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Classic cheesy horror. Sonny Bono is great, and the tree stuff rules.

July 14, 2003

Almost as scary as the Leprechaun

February 19, 2003 | Comments (2)
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Troll really isn't half-bad. If I'd seen it when I was 7, it probably would have become one of my favorite movies. A family moves into a building and some evil replicant troll in the basement takes over their daughter's body. From then the Troll starts to assimilate the other neighbours in a scheme that turns out to be some sort of bid for power, according to the mysterious hermit woman. As witches go, she totally fell down on the job of keeping tabs on the troll. The effects are quite impressive, and despite the silliness of the story they really run with it with gusto. It's funny; even though it's dumb, it makes the effort to kinda make sense, so it's okay.
May 17, 2012

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The subject of trolls is something of an obscure and often overlooked figure in mythology. Now, the reason why is due to two main factors. The first will have to be the rise of hobbits and other mythological creatures. You see, due to them taking over the popularity of mythology, Trolls are often overlooked. Even more that when we do see them, they do not, at all, look like the typical Trolls that you will see in literature and other mythologies. The second is... This film. Made on a shoestring budget in 1986, Troll is a prime example of how bad a film can be. I know that by the time I review this film, anything that has been said and done has been already checked off. But, this film is unbelievable. In terms of everything. But, like the reviewer that I am, I am going to try to analyze this mess. First the direction. While this film is fast paced, make-up effects man John Carl Buechler (known for working on some of the Friday the 13th films, A Nightmare on Elm Street series, Halloween series) can not direct his way out of this film. From start to finish, he conducts this film like some sad ten year old kid with ADHD and what comes out is something unlike any other. Next we have the script. While there is something of a plot in their somewhere, it is filled with incoherent dialog, weird situations, and some of the oddest character development I have ever seen. Now the acting. May I ask what the hell happened to Noah Hathaway? Okay, lets look at this: He was in the great German/American fantasy The NeverEnding Story playing Atreyu. Now he is playing (and I wish to God I was joking) Harry Potter Jr. Harry Potter, in this film, is one of the weakest wannabe wizards I have ever seen. Okay, I get that he is young and he befriends this witch who teaches him some magic. But, why so weak and pathetic? Plus, he constantly changes his mind about his goal in this film. Seriously, who written Harry Potter. Due to their being a score that is just bad, I am not going to even talk about it. Sorry. Overall, this is a film that is bad, but strongly funny. I am not joking! If you must watch this film, watch it with a group of friends and just laugh at such dialog as: "I am Godzilla!" and "Okay, my name is Harry Potter".
June 29, 2011
Zach Brehany

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Harry Potter Jr. rescues his little sister from an apartment building infested with twisted muppets. Cheesy but kinda fun. *SEE ALSO: Critters, Leprechaun, Ghoulies, etc.
January 16, 2011
Randy Tippy

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The First of the infamous Troll films is quite a hilarious ride. Right from the start, you will laugh because this is one silly horror comedy that you have to watch to believe. One of the worst of it's kind, but so good; Troll is a a prelude of what was to come in Troll 2. However both films are unrelated story wise. In the second film the Trolls are referred to as Goblins. The acting in this film is bad, but the filmmakers are able to make a good bad movie. Troll ends up being a great film with many bad hilarious results and some of the worst dialogue ever written. This film was only matched it's sequel, Troll 2. A good bad film to watch with many hilarious moments, Troll will surely entertain you and is a definite must see for Comedy Horror buffs.
August 21, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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