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Troll 2

Troll 2 DVD cover (Region 2)
Directed by Drake Floyd
Produced by Brenda Norris
Joe D'Amato
Written by Rossella Drudi and
Drake Floyd (story)
Drake Floyd (screenplay)
Starring Michael Stephenson
George Hardy
Darren Ewing
Jason Steadman
Jason F. Wright
Duncan Day-Myron
Music by Carlo Maria Cordio
Cinematography Giancarlo Ferrando
Editing by Vania Friends
Distributed by Epic Productions
Release date(s) July 22, 1992 (USA) (video premiere)
Running time 95 min
Country Italy
Language English
Preceded by Troll
Followed by Troll 3

Troll 2 is a 1990 horror film, directed by Claudio Fragasso, under the pseudonym Drake Floyd. During production, the film was known as Goblin[1], and some foreign releases of the movie were labeled as such, but upon release in the United States, the title was changed to Troll 2 in an attempt to help sell the film by connecting it to an established horror movie, the 1986 Empire Pictures film Troll. The two films, however, have no connection apart from the title. In fact, despite the title, no actual trolls appear in Troll 2.

The plot concerns an American family, the Waits family, who are taking a trip to the country to visit a small town called "Nilbog" (goblin spelled backwards), but are plunged into a nightmare as they are relentlessly pursued by vegetarian goblins, who turn people into plants before they eat them.

The cast includes Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young (here credited with her maiden name, Connie McFarland) and Jason F. Wright.

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Plot

The film begins with the main character, a child named Joshua Waits, being contacted by his dead grandfather, Seth. Seth informs Joshua of evil creatures known as goblins roaming the world who force or trick humans into consuming food which will turn them into vegetables. The goblins would then eat them.

Meanwhile Joshua's sister, Holly, receives a visit from her boyfriend Elliot. She accuses him of being a homosexual because he spends large amounts of time with his friends Brent, Arnold and Drew. Since she and the rest of the family are going to Nilbog for a holiday, he offers to meet her on the way. She agrees but under the condition that he will come alone without his friends.

However, Elliot does not turn up at their meeting point and her parents, Michael and Diane, go on without him. They meet him further up the route but she angrily dismisses him since he is accompanied by his friends. Joshua has a dream that his family are actually goblins in disguise preparing to consume him but wakes up to find Seth again, this time posing as a hitchhiker. Joshua tells his parents to stop the car and runs up to him. Seth informs Joshua that their holiday destination is in fact the kingdom of the goblins he mentioned earlier, and urges him to convince his parents to turn back. Joshua is unable to, and the family arrive at Nilbog.

A meal has been prepared at the house where they are staying, but Joshua's grandfather shows up again and freezes time for thirty seconds, giving Joshua a chance to stand up on the table and urinate on the food, and thus prevent his family from eating. He is threatened by his father, who makes it clear that he intends to wait it out until Joshua caves in and eats something.

Meanwhile one of Elliot's friends, Arnold goes out for a walk and meets a woman being pursued by the goblins. Running away, they enter the house of the goblins' druid leader, Creedence Leonore Gielgud, who uses the "Stonehenge Magic Stone" to give the goblins power. Creedence dupes the two into drinking a magic potion which causes the woman to disintegrate into a puddle of vegetable matter which is then eaten by the goblins, and Arnold is morphed into a plant. Another of Elliot's friends, Drew arrives at the house later on in search of Arnold, but is apparently killed off-screen by Creedence.

That night Holly is unintentionally contacted by Seth via a mirror and she and Joshua swap rooms. Seth gets through to Joshua and tells him to convince his parents to leave Nilbog and return home. Joshua removes all food in the fridge apart from some sour milk, but this only results in Michael going to the local shop.

Joshua looks into a car mirror hoping to contact Seth again but only succeeds in noticing from the reflection that Nilbog is Goblin spelled backwards. He concludes that the area must be their kingdom and skateboards off to an abandoned church where the goblins are listening to a sermon espousing the evils of eating meat. However, he is noticed and brought to the basement where they attempt to feed him spiked ice cream. Michael walks in and grows slightly suspicious, taking Joshua out.

The family returns to find that the village has prepared a surprise party to "make up for the misunderstanding earlier". Joshua runs upstairs hoping to contact Seth but instead is confronted by Creedence in goblin form. Seth appears and chops her hand off with an axe, causing her to retreat back to her house. The two go outside in an attempt to create a distraction but the local priest catches them and attempts to banish Seth to Hell. Seth defeats him by igniting a confiscated Molotov Cocktail with magic lightning powers, killing the priest and causing him to revert to goblin form. Seeing this finally convinces Josh's family of what is really happening, and the locals turn on them. The family run back inside the house and barricade the doors. In the meantime, Creedence deals with Elliot's one remaining friend, Brent, by drowning him in popcorn.

Joshua, Elliot, Holly, Michael and Diane hold a séance to communicate with Seth, who tells them that he has ten minutes before he disappears from the mortal world permanently. Just then the goblins gain entry and Joshua is sent to Creedence's house somehow. The rest of the family go upstairs, chased by the goblins. Seth tells Joshua to put his hands on the Magic Stone and focus in order to defeat the goblins and gives him a bag which he must only open if he is in mortal danger.

Just when Seth leaves, the goblins chasing the Waitses disappear; Creedence appears before Joshua and he is backed into a corner by the goblins. He opens the bag to find it contains a double-decker bologna sandwich, which he consumes making Creedence unable to harm him. The rest of the family, guided by Seth, arrive at the house; Joshua passes on the instructions he got from Seth and together they defeat Creedence and the goblins by touching the Magic Stone and concentrating.

During the epilogue, Diane is killed by consuming spiked food left in the house. Joshua discovers her corpse being eaten by the goblins.

Cast

  • Darren Ewing – Arnold
  • George Hardy – Michael Waits
  • David McConnell – Brent
  • Robert Ormsby – Seth
  • Margo Prey – Diana Waits
  • Deborah Reed – Creedence Leonore Gielgud
  • Jason Steadman – Drew
  • Michael Stephenson – Joshua Waits
  • Jason Wright – Elliot Cooper
  • Connie Young – Holly Waits
  • Gregg Zaun – Drug Store Owner

Reception

Troll 2 is widely considered to be of poor quality. In fact, for a time the film was rated as the worst film of all time by IMDB.com. The goblins' costumes, designed by cult erotic actress Laura Gemser, consist of burlap clothes stuffed with foam rubber, and latex masks, only one of which featured a movable mouth; the musical score consists of only a few synthesized themes repeated numerous times. In addition, the acting and dialogue have become notorious for their camp value. The scene where Darren Ewing's character states that he will be eaten next has become an internet meme, often appearing in videos alongside the "Garbage Day" meme from Silent Night, Deadly Night 2.

Troll 2 was recently given RiffTrax treatment by Michael J. Nelson (of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame) and special guest Richard Kyanka from Something Awful.

The movie was filmed in Morgan, Utah and Porterville, Utah, in the summer of 1989. In 2007, A major Troll 2 event took place in Morgan called Nilbog Invasion. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's Rolling Roadshow turned Morgan into "Nilbog" again for a weekend, and screened the film for an audience of fans from around the world. Much of the cast attended and appeared in a panel discussion, as well as the writers and director of the film. Director Claudio Fragasso was presented with the key to the city by the Mayor of Morgan.

At the event, Fragasso and writer Rossella Drudi announced plans for a sequel to Troll II, and the audience was polled for their opinion on what the film should be called. The winning title was Troll II: Part II.

In December 2009, late-night host Conan O'Brien recommended Troll II to his list of DVDs and books in his "New Oprah" segment.

Best Worst Movie

The child star of Troll 2, Michael Stephenson, directed a feature-length documentary about Troll 2 titled Best Worst Movie.[2] The film debuted March 14, 2009, at the Alamo Lamar Draft house in Austin, Texas, as part of the Spotlight Features for the SXSW Film Festival. Several cast members from Troll 2 attended the premiere. The screening was followed by a showing of Troll 2. The documentary is currently screening at major film festivals across the world, the most recent being the American Film Institute Festival.[3][4]

The film won Best Feature Documentary (as voted by the official jury), as well as the Audience Choice for Best Documentary Feature at the 11th Annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in September 2009.[5] It will release in spring 2010[6] and is distributed by Area 23 A.[7]

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Troll 2 is a 1990 horror film, directed by Claudio Fragasso.

Quotes

Arnold: They're eating her! And then they're going to eat me! [fly on forehead] Oh my Goooood!

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Troll 2
Directed by Drake Floyd
Produced by Brenda Norris
Joe D'Amato
Written by Rossella Drudi and
Drake Floyd (story)
Drake Floyd (screenplay)
Starring Michael Stephenson
George Hardy
Darren Ewing
Jason Steadman
Jason F. Wright
Music by Carlo Maria Cordio
Cinematography Giancarlo Ferrando
Editing by Vania Friends
Distributed by Epic Productions
Release date(s) July 22, 1992 (USA) (video premiere)
Running time 95 min
Country Italy
Language English
Preceded by Troll
Followed by Troll 3

Troll 2 is a 1990 horror film, directed by Claudio Fragasso, under the pseudonym Drake Floyd. During production, the film was known as Goblins, and some foreign releases of the movie were labeled as such, but upon release in the United States, the title was changed to Troll 2 in an attempt to help sell the film by connecting it to an established horror movie, the 1986 Empire Pictures film Troll. The two films, however, have no connection apart from the title. In fact, despite the title, no actual trolls appear in Troll 2.








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