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Halloween Movie Challenge 2014 - Movies 21 & 22 
16th-Oct-2014 12:41 am
A pair of movies from the same series in this batch:

21 & 22. Troll & Troll 2: Part monster movie, part modern fairy tales but sadly lacking the wit, charisma or charm to properly pull of either. The first film sees a 'Troll' try to take over a modern day apartment building using a magic ring. A kid called 'Harry Potter' (apparently no relation) stands in his way. Harry Potter's sister is the kid from the original 'V' tv mini-series. There's also a witch. The closest film I can compare this to is probably Labyrinth but it lacks the humour, script, talent and quality Henson puppets (not to mention David Bowie).
The second film is not even half as good as the first. The trolls in this film are referred to as Goblins throughout, the hero kids family often manage to be creepier than the Goblins and I'm not sure that is by design. There also seems to be some underlying message that vegetarianism is somehow inherently bad/dangerous, which is probably the movie's only saving grace.
As tough as I have been on these films I can actually imagine having a fairly fun Halloween with them. If you are not looking for any kind of scare or gore and are prepared to watch a pair of films that are a bit rubbish (I guess if you are looking for something maybe a bit childish) these might fit the bill - but I would struggle to call them horror in the strict sense.
16th-Oct-2014 12:11 am (UTC)
Okay, now you're forcing me to do this:

Oh, Troll 2, how did you get to be a so-bad-it's-good cult classic? Seriously, how did that happen? There's no shortage of awful horror movies out there. It takes that extra something special to really push it past "awful" and into "legendary."
16th-Oct-2014 02:03 am (UTC)
I wouldn't go as far as to say legendary, or even cult classic for that matter but I can imagine myself sitting down on a Halloween night with a some drinks and popcorn and still having a good time with these films.

Maybe some kind of drinking game could be devised...
16th-Oct-2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't go as far as to say legendary, or even cult classic for that matter

From this, I can only conclude that don't pillage the dark corners of the Internet with nearly the frequency that I do, for which I envy you. (It's a sickness.)

BUT there is a drinking game!

17th-Oct-2014 12:59 am (UTC)
Wow. So I'm only about 20 years late for this particular party.

I'm not sure why I hadn't seen the Troll movies before. I'm guessing that they didnt get much/any cinema release in the UK and any noise around VHS/DVD release would have been drowned out by the noise of them hitting the bottom of the bargain bin!

I think I may have a deeper understanding of the term 'Cult movie' now. I'm usually on the right side of the wire for 'cult movies' but this one has entirely passed me by. Genuinely I seem to have just strolled obliviously right into the middle of it. There was no noise of fanfare just a tap on the shoulder, a creepy Charles Manson grin and a voice that says, 'Welcome...friend!'
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