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Japanese poster
Directed by John Carl Buechler
Produced by Albert Band
Written by Ed Naha
Starring Noah Hathaway
Michael Moriarty
Shelley Hack
Jenny Beck
Sonny Bono
June Lockhart
Music by Richard Band
Cinematography Romano Albani
Editing by Lee Percy
Distributed by Empire Pictures
Release date(s) January 17, 1986
Running time 86 min.
Country United States
Language English
Followed by Troll 2

Troll is a 1986 horror film. Its plot has no relation to the movies Troll 2 and Troll 3.



The film begins with the Potter family moving into a new apartment complex. While unpacking, their young daughter Wendy is attacked by a grotesque little creature, who had long ago been transformed from a powerful wizard into a troll. Using a magic crystal green ring, it captures Wendy and possesses her form. After meeting the other eccentric tenants, the family notices Wendy's unusual behavior (roaring, biting, tossing people across rooms), but they attribute her behavior to the stress of the move. The only one that notices something is terribly wrong is Wendy's brother, Harry Potter Jr. (Noah Hathaway).

Frightened by his sister's sudden and violent changes, he seeks solace in the company of a mysterious old lady, named Eunice St. Clair (June Lockhart), who lives upstairs. When he tells her of the strange goings-on, she reveals to him her real profession: a witch. Harry asks Eunice to teach him magic, but she says that there isn't time. She does instruct him as to the ways of a hidden magical world, and tells him of her long history stretching back to a time of when she and a powerful wizard named Torok fell in love. However, the balance between the realms of magic and men was challenged by Dark wizard Torok in a great war, and he was transformed into a troll as punishment. Eunice stands guard, as she has for centuries, now in her apartment, waiting patiently for Torok to challenge the realms again, and that is what is going on now. The troll wizard has already begun his secret war, going from apartment to apartment, attacking the tenants and transforming them into mythical creatures according to their personalities, such as goblins, nymphs, an elf and a bugbear, and it transforms their rooms into lush fairy worlds.

Armed with magic staffs which shoot bolts of energy, Eunice and Harry launch a final attempt to stop Torok's hostile takeover of the world and enter the troll's magical alternative universe. Eunice is attacked by Torok and turned into a tree stump, and Harry finds his sister trapped in a coffin of glass à la Snow White. Suddenly Torok's great bat monster attacks and disables Harry. When it goes after Wendy, Torok kills it, destroying his carefully constructed fairy realm. As the magic world collapses around them, Harry and his family are given a chance to escape, leaving just as the police arrive. As the police investigate the house, one of them is drawn into a remaining fragment of the alternate fairy world.



Controversy with J.K. Rowling

In one of two interviews, producer Charles Band stated that 'there are certain scenes in [Troll], not to mention the name of the main character, and this of course predates the Harry Potter books by many, many years. So there's that strange connection."[1] In 2008, John Buechler's partner in the Troll remake, Peter Davy, said about Harry Potter: “In John's opinion, he created the first Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling says the idea just came to her. John doesn't think so.'[2]


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