DIRECTED BY CLAUDIO FRAGASSO
It is rare for a film with a notorious reputation for being “so bad, it’s good” to actually live up to all the hype. TROLL 2 surpasses all expectations and then some in that department. The film opened in the United States in 1992 to terrible reviews, and at one point was rated the worst film of all time on Internet Movie Database. Ironically, there aren’t actually any trolls in the entire movie. B-movie buffs soon caught on to the absurdity and ineptitude of this flick. All of these elements came together to firmly secure its cult status and earned it the title “Best Worst Movie,” not-so-ironically also the title of Michael Paul Stephenson’s competition documentary feature in this year’s festival about the improbable story of the film’s popularity. From the latex masks with mouths that don’t move, to the repetitive synth score, to the unbelievably atrocious acting and writing, TROLL 2 has become a cult phenomenon that must be seen—with a crowd of fellow cheesy horror movie lovers—to be believed.