For Jan. 24th: Best Worst Movie

I was told that I needed to watch the movie that this documentary was about, “Troll 2” (a very low-rated movie from 1990), to fully understand what they were talking about.  Being a rebel non-conformist like I am, I decided to go ahead and watch it without any background.

It turns out this is exactly what I needed, especially after suffering through “Birdemic”.  This is a movie about how bad movies are made.  There is no better way to put it.  The basis of the film is that one of the child actors in “Troll 2” (Michael Stephenson) has become a filmmaker.  He has decided to find out how movies like “Troll 2” change from a simple idea into a film of infamous proportions.

Story: 1.5/2

A very cool idea.  Stephenson is able to use the actors, filmmakers, and fans of “Troll 2” to drive his narrative.  He mostly follows George Hardy (one of the leads from the original film) as they find out how big of a cult following the movie has gained.  Stephenson also explores the ramifications of the unsought fame granted to those involved in the production.  It does feel a little prolonged for some reason, though.

Acting: 2/2

Stephenson did well to capture the emotions of the people he interviewed.  Whether the reactions are incredulous, frustrated, betrayed, or downright ambivalent, he isn’t eager to stop recording.  A beautiful portrait is panted of the human face behind a cultic hit.

Photography: 1.5/2

Decent, kind of works with the acting.  The scenes are framed well and juxtapose nicely to help bring in all the emotions felt by those involved.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Not bad.  I’m not saying that I expect documentaries to have dynamite sound work and neato special effects, but just balanced dialogue audio is boring.

Misc: 2/2

Like I said before, I really needed this to recover from some of the stinkers I’ve had to watch in my life and in this month.  The idea is also very cool and well executed.


Good for any documentary fan, especially for those with a taste for human interest stories.  A must for any film student who wants to understand the phenomenon of bad movies.


About svolkmer

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2 Responses to For Jan. 24th: Best Worst Movie

  1. Joseph Jones says:

    though I believe you should have watched “Troll 2” before hand I’m still glad you reviewed this documentary

  2. thirdworldliberator says:

    I think movies that earn the ‘worst’ moniker are often just misunderstood. Which is why they often later become labeled ‘cult’ films, because of the masses of people who do understand. And that doesn’t usually include the critics (who usually aren’t successful in the industry anyways). Way to branch out, and not to be afraid to enjoy a ‘worst’ movie!

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