- X 2019
David Hills (= Joe D'Amato = Aristide Massaccesi), Brenda Norris for Filmirage
directed by Claudio Fragasso (as Drake Floyd)
starring Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie McFarland (= Connie Young), Robert Ormsby, Deborah Reed, Jason Wright, Darren Ewing, Jason Steadman, David McConnell, Gary Carlson, Mike Hamill, Don Packard, Christina Reynolds, Glenn Gerner, Michele Abrams, Lance C.Williams, Elli Case, Gavin Reed, Melissa Bridge
written by Claudio Fragasso (as Drake Floyd), Rossella Drudi, music by Carlo Maria Cordio, costumes by Laura Gemser
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Even though gramps (Robert Ormsby) has died half a year ago, he still
appears to little Josh (Michael Stephenson) to read him stories about
goblins who want to turn humans into plants and eat them. Josh's parents
(George Hardy, Margo Prey) think this is because he just hasn't learned
how to properly deal with grandpa's death, so they decide to take him and
his sister Holly (Connie McFarland) on a trip to the country where they
plan to spend a month in a farmhouse to live like farmers. Problem is, the
farmhouse is in the middle of goblin country, and all the locals are
goblins in disguise - but how is Josh explain that to his family?
boyfriend Elliott (Jason Wright) has followed her to the country in a
camping van with three of his firends (Darren Ewing, Jason Steadman, David
McConnell), and without Elliott even noticing, his three friends fall prey
to the goblins.
It takes Josh's family forever to realize in what danger
they are, and when they do, it's almost too late, their house is
surrounded by goblins - but Josh has since teamed up with gramps, and they
have found the house of the leader of the goblins (Deborah Reed) and her
almighty Stonehenge stone - and in the end, the goblins are defeated by
Josh eating a double-decker baloney sandwich - no, really!
trash afficionados, Troll 2 is frequently labelled as the worst
film ever, but I refuse to fully agree: Sure, this film's story is silly
as hell, the actors are as wooden as their dialogue is ridiculous, and the
goblin masks and special effects are less than special - but quite
frankly, there are worse (and in their unintentional way funnier) films
out there. Which of course doesn't really make Troll 2 a good film,
it's just a cheap and cheesy attempt to cash in on the quite remarkable
low budget sensation Troll (with
which it does share at least a few basic themes), but without nearly the
same level of imagination. And so, we get a weirdly misguided
fantasy/horror blend that seems to lose its direction several times in the
course of the proceedings and that lacks the budget to bring its story to
life. But that the film is full of unintentional humour makes it fun at