Troll 2 (1990)

4.0 out of 5

Those looking for a continuation of the 1986 Shelley Hack and Julia-Louis Dreyfus flick, or any "trolls", are barking up the wrong tree. This in-name only sequel by director Claudio Fragasso is about a vacationing family who unwittingly visits the town of Nilbog, which is littered with evil goblins who want to eat them as their next meal. This is a film that has everything from popcorn sex, to using double decker bologna sandwiches as weapons, to the most ridiculous dancing number ever recorded on celluloid, to inter-dimensional traveling grandparents, to urination on hospitality. The movie is so bad, but it is truly oh so good.

Sure the acting is terrible and yes the dialogue is a mess, but this film just has some kind of special charm. Its unintentional humor and memorable dialogue cannot be denied as the film has established a recent cult following. In fact, this movie is the subject of the 2009 hit documentary Best Worst Movie, which showcases the film's fandom as well as Fragasso's, who credited himself with the pen name Drake Floyd for Troll 2, real feelings about his feature.

By no means is this a great film from a technical standpoint, but a good movie is one that ultimately entertains its audience on a very meager budget with the most amateur of actors. Whether Troll 2 is enjoyed as pure pleasure or amusement as in "watching a train wreck", it will definitely stay with viewers long after it has ended.

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