In 1989, a group of unknown Utah actors starred in what would be crowned the worst movie of all time: Troll 2. Directed by Italian filmmaker Claudio Fragasso – who co-wrote the screenplay with his wife, Rossella Drudi – the bizarre horror comedy follows a family who, while on vacation in the mysterious town of Nilbog, are terrorized by diminutive creatures with the power to transform people into plants. The film was forgotten for decades, until an entire generation rediscovered it and elevated its status as a cult favorite.
On October 3rd, the Hollywood Theater will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this legendary cinematic disaster with a screening event featuring both the film and its 2009 companion documentary, Best Worst Movie.
Directed by disgraced Troll 2 child star Michael Paul Stephenson, Best Worst Movie follows up with his fellow castmates 20 years after their notorious big screen debuts. At the center of the film is the improbable story of a small-town Alabama dentist-turned-cult-movie-icon, and an Italian filmmaker who comes to terms (or doesn’t) with his internationally revered cinematic failure. The result is a hilarious and tender offbeat journey that pays homage to lovers of bad movies and the people who make them, while investigating a deeper story about the strange nature of celebrity, the catharsis of redemption, and the humanity that exists in making even the worst movie ever made.
The Troll 2 25th Anniversary Double Feature will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Best Worst Movie screening, followed by Troll 2 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for Hollywood Theater members, and are available for purchase at Showclix.