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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week: Nilbog Edition ...

Yoinked from the almighty wikipedia gods ...

"Troll 2 is a 1990 horror film directed by Claudio Fragasso (under the pseudonym Drake Floyd) and starring Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young (here credited with her maiden name, Connie McFarland), Deborah Reed, and Jason Wright.

Although produced under the title (and released in Europe as) Goblins, United States distributors were skeptical about the film's ability to succeed as a standalone picture and renamed it Troll 2 in an attempt to market it as a sequel to the 1986 Empire Pictures film Troll. The two films, however, have no connection, and no trolls are depicted in Troll 2.

The plot concerns a family pursued by vegetarian goblins who seek to transform them into plants so that they can eat them. The English-language script was written by Fragasso and his wife Rosella Drudi, neither of whom actually spoke any English at the time. The script — originally titled 'Goblins' — began as a way for director Claudio Fragasso's wife, Rosella Drudi, to express her frustration with several of her friends becoming vegetarians. Drudi told the makers of the documentary Best Worst Movie that 'Some of my friends had recently become vegetarians...and this pissed me off.' The film was shot on location in Morgan and Porterville, Utah in the summer of 1989.

Despite filming the movie in Utah, and casting the movie entirely with American actors (many of whom had no prior acting experience and had responded to the casting call hoping to be extras), Fragasso also employed an exclusively Italian crew, who likewise spoke no English. The resultant communication breakdown, coupled with the cast's lack of experience and Fragasso's insistence that his script be read verbatim, has led to the movie being considered one of the worst movies ever made.

The acting and dialogue have become notorious for their camp value. In particular, the scene in which Darren Ewing's character is captured by Creedence has become an internet meme. After being transformed into a plant/human hybrid, Ewing sees the Goblins begin to consume a young woman he had been attempting to rescue. With a fixed, blank expression on his face, Ewing nervously states in monotone 'They're eating her... and then they're going to eat me... oh my God!' With a distinct lack of emotion in his voice, Ewing draws the word 'God' out for several seconds as the camera zooms in on his face. As the camera nears, a fly lands on Ewing's forehead - something to which Ewing is seemingly oblivious.

This hideously stupid scene has become so infamous that it has been viewed over two million times on YouTube where there are also a number of tribute videos and even music remixes such as THIS one ...

In addition, the film's poor production values have come under fire: The goblins' costumes consist of burlap sacks stuffed with foam rubber, and latex masks, only one of which features a movable mouth. The musical score consists of only a few synthesized themes repeated numerous times.

Despite the film's poor reception, director Fragasso maintained that the movie was a success and a 'masterpiece' and that it addresses important social issues. He has become hostile when confronted with the reality of the film's reception in America; during a videotaped Q&A session, he responded to a fan's question 'Why aren't there any trolls in the movie?' with an angry 'You understand nothing!' In December 2009, late-night host Conan O'Brien recommended Troll II on his list of DVDs and books in his New Oprah segment.

The child star of Troll 2, Michael Stephenson, directed a feature-length documentary about Troll 2 and its subsequent recent resurgence entitled Best Worst Movie. The film debuted March 14, 2009, at the South Lamar Alamo Draft House in Austin, Texas, as part of the Spotlight Features for the South By Southwest Film Festival (SxSW). Several cast members from Troll 2 attended the premiere. The screening was followed by a showing of Troll 2.

The documentary is currently screening at major film festivals across the world, the most recent being the American Film Institute Festival and the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City which included appearances from much of the cast at the screening.

Roger Ebert awarded Best Worst Movie three out of a possible four stars. The film also currently holds a 95% approval rating, based on 56 reviews, on the website Rotten Tomatoes."

AND NOW Steve Galindo and this blog are pleased to bring you today's Church-less Movie Of The Week absolutely FREE!

But a few rules first. There's absolutely no talking in Steve's Theater-talkers will be shat upon. No cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).

Enjoy the show y'all!

Watch Troll 2 - Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

WARNING: the following video is a compilation of the worst of Troll 2, then the first 15 minutes of the documentary "Best Worst Movie" with writing all over the screentelling you to buy the dvd. Sorry. It was the best that I could do. You can always rent the dvd on Netflix like I did. Yay Netflix!

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