Irish Film Institute -BEST WORST MOVIE


Director: Michael Paul Stephenson

US • 2009 • 91 mins

In 1989, a number of unwitting Utah actors starred in what was soon to be regarded as the worst movie in history. The film in question? Troll 2. One review stated: ‘There are movies that are bad. There are movies that are so-bad-they’re-good. And then there’s Troll 2 – a movie that’s so bad that it defies comprehension.’ Filmed by an Italian crew, most of whom had no English, this straight-to-video catastrophe should have long been consigned to oblivion. However, two decades later, it transpires the film is far from forgotten. Michael Paul Stephenson, the film’s legendarily inept child star, dons the director’s hat to unravel the improbable, humorous and heartfelt story of an Alabama dentist-turned-cultmovie-icon, the story of the thousands of Troll 2 fans across the U.S. and the story of an Italian film director with a very unique vision. ‘strangely moving, insightful and entertaining’ Variety

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