16 items from 2010
With all the good press big budget films get today, We sometimes forget that out there in the cinematic shadows lay some of the worst movies ever laid to film. Today, B3K takes you on a voyage into a world of shoddy production value and atrocious acting. Welcome to… The Top Ten Worst Movies Ever Made.
*Summaries Courtesy of IMDb*
Directed By: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Summary: Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop human kind from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).
9. Troll 2
Directed By: Claudio Fragasso
Summary: A young child is terrified to discover that a planned family trip is to be haunted by vile plant-eating monsters out of his worst nightmare.
8. Santa Claus
Directed By: Rene Cardona
Summary: With the aid of Merlin, Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of the devil Pitch to ruin Christmas. »
- Aaron M.K.
If you’ve ever wondered why Troll 2 is a cult classic, here’s a quick explanation: It’s a movie entitled Troll 2, but features no actual trolls (they’re goblins). And that’s only one small reason why the 1990 horror/fantasy/awful film has become a revered in bad movie circles, and has perennially topped lists of the worst films of all time. For child star Michael Stephenson it was a learning experience, as when he finally saw the film (it went direct to video and cable stateside), he was crushed by its terribleness. But the legend/legacy of the film is still strong, and the film has attracted a rabid cult for its amusing incompetence. And so Stephenson decided to make a documentary not just about the film’s fanbase, but also rounds up all the stars he can to discuss their experience making the “Best Worst Movie” ever made. »
- Andre Dellamorte
Christy Lemire, the fine film critic for the Associated Press, has an fun interview with "Hostel" director and "Inglourious Basterds" co-star Eli Roth on his top five horror films. Cult slasher "Pieces" is his number one, but it was his number four pick that really caught me by surprise, so-called "best worst movie" of all time, "Troll 2:"
"The director, the inimitable Italian maestro Claudio Fragasso, had a script that had nothing to do with trolls, but he could get it financed if he changed the title to "Troll 2." Fragasso let the financiers change the title but refused to change anything else, and as a result there are many goblins, but not a single troll in the entire film. It will take hours to get through this gem because you'll keep pausing and replaying the lines over and over. "Troll 2" is one of the rare sequels where you »
- Matt Singer
Troll 2 Directed by: Claudio Fragasso Written by: Rossella Drudi and Claudio Fragasso Starring: George Hardy, Michael Paul Stephenson, Robert Ormsby, Margo Prey, Connie Young I took my first trip to Nilbog just a few years ago, when my friends Katie, Nuno and Erin hosted a Halloween party that included Troll 2 as the main event. At the time, I thought they might be somewhat unique in their undying love for this movie, and I wasn't completely aware of its reputation or rabid fanbase. I knew only that it was a strange, mostly forgotten b-movie that fell under the category of "so bad it's good". Needless to say, after one watch it became very clear why people are so obsessed with this film, and now, thanks to actor Michael Paul Stephenson's wonderful documentary Best Worst Movie, Troll 2 and the story behind its production have since become the stuff of legend. »
Sure we all have an embarrassing home videos where we're lip-syncing to some dated, tacky song, wearing mom's high heels and clip-on earrings, blithely unaware that, years later, the very prospect of this footage being viewed by anyone would result in instant and sudden death-by-shame.
Now imagine if that home video was actually a movie called Troll 2 - an inane film with inexcusably bad dialogue, non-existent special effects, a serious lack of logic and some of the worst acting this side of a remedial grade school drama class - and you were its kid star. Talk about childhood trauma.
Michael Paul Stephenson, who played the freckled and fearful Joshua Waits in Italian director Claudio Fragasso's disastrous English-language 1990 flick, spent the years following its straight-to-video release, and subsequent across-the-board critical dismissal, denying its existence and pretending he never played the boy whose dead grandfather's ghost helped him battle evil, »
- Andrea Miller
Another week in October, another bounty crop of horror DVDs and Blu-rays. This week we have home entertainment from recent theatrical releases of nightmares of the mind as well as re-releases of classic and campy horror, all with boatloads of extras.
Then there are other horror titles that are being re-released on Blu-ray or in packs for double dipping. On top of that, horror offerings from Asia, past seasons of TV shows, manga, novels, and even video games are all vying for our pocketbooks. And we still have four more weeks of October to go.
Next year October needs to begin in August.
Human Centipede: First Sequence
Directed by Tom Six
Human Centipede: First Sequence (review) was a sensation ever since its first mention. Stephen Colbert even talked about it at the 2010 Emmys Awards broadcast! The premise cannot be simpler. Two pretty American girls are on a road trip through Europe. »
Troll 2, the cult classic whose growing popularity inspired the documentary Best Worst Movie, will be released on Blu-ray for the first time on October 5 and you know we have to celebrate this celebrated movie. We have a brand new contest running and we're giving away copies of this new Bd disc to our readers. You know these high-def discs will go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.
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Joshua Waits has been warned by his grandfather's ghost that his family is about to embark on a dangerous vacation to the town of Nilbog. Although he tries to stop them, »
You need to know the rooftop schedule for August in Portland.
Here it is.
Northwest Film Center Exhibitions
Continuing in August:
Top Down: Rooftop Cinema
Join the Northwest Film Center on the panoramic parking rooftop at the Hotel deLuxe, Sw 15th at Yamhill, for some warm starry nights filled with lovable films, culinary treats, a little live music, and spectacular city views. The evenings begin at 8 p.m. with music and refreshments. Gracie’s Restaurant will offer easy-to-juggle meals, snacks, and cocktails, and additional beverages will be available from Tazo Tea and MacTarnahan’s Brewing. The screenings start when the sun sets (9-9:30 p.m.). Bring your favorite portable chair or blanket, but please, no pets or outside food or drink. Top Down admission is $8.
Thursday, August 5, 8 p.m.
Director: Ronald F. Maxwell | Us 1980
“Don’t let the title fool you.” In this coming-of-age summer camp film »
- Jeff Bayer
I grew up renting out VHS’s from his local video store’s horror section around the age of 10. Most of the time I would rent 6 VHS tapes each Saturday night specifically out of the horror section. So, I have seen a lot of horror. While the beginning of this video renting period, the first movies I rented were the classics. Then, I moved on to the eye catching covers. Then, it was the awesomely named titles and films that had ultra cool tag lines.
I’ve always been a slasher/supernatural guy myself. Monsters are always tons of fun, but to me, if it ain’t a Krite – monsters from the film Critters – it didn’t scare me. Something about those teeth always got to me. I remember passing by Troll as a kid with some trepidation. It wasn’t because I was scared to rent it, it was »
- Andy Triefenbach
Like most pre-teens in the early 90′s with a penchant for obscure comic books, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and cheesy movies, yours truly didn’t have very many friends. In fact, it’s safe to say that my meager VHS collection at the time consisted of more titles than I had confidants, an admission that is both pathetic and vaguely heartbreaking. As such, I spent an absorbent amount of time parked in front of the television, my eyes figuratively glued to whatever second-rate feature HBO or Cinemax was airing at the moment. Feel free to poke fun if you like; I’ve come to terms with the dreary and depressing nature of my social situation long ago, which allows me to view the whole sorry situation in a mildly humorous light. Mildly. It was during these extended bouts of adolescent loneliness that I discovered prolific director Claudio Fragasso’s unintentional comedy »
- Todd Rigney
A movie came out on VHS in 1990 to little fanfare. It was called Troll 2, even though it had nothing to do with the previous Troll. It had a threadbare plot about a town named Nilbog, populated by hungry vegetarian goblins (not trolls) that turned humans into plants to eat them. It is known as the worst movie of all time. And the child actor who starred in it all those years ago has made a documentary about the many small-time actors who starred in that film. It’s called Best Worst Movie, and it is fantastic.
Troll 2, up until a few years ago, was simply regarded as a bad horror movie, with no budget and awful acting. But gradually, people started to realize something; Troll 2 wasn’t just a terrible movie, it was terribly good. Soon, the movie was being screened at sold-out shows all over the country, »
- Scott Yacyshyn
By Michael Paul Stephenson
The carpenters who built the Titanic didn’t mean for it to be hit by an iceberg. The Romans who built Pompeii at the foot of a volcano didn’t have it in mind that they would be engulfed by lava. And Claudio Fragasso didn’t mean for “Troll 2” to be the worst movie ever made.
Some disasters have to happen organically, with the best of intentions in mind. I can tell you firsthand that “Troll 2” was never made with a wink and a nod, not from anyone on set. We were all trying to make a great movie. As a kid, I thought I was making the next “Gre »
- Lew Harris
Early in the 1990 horror film Troll 2, Michael Waits (played by Dr. George Hardy) now famously yells at his 10-year-old son Joshua (Michael Paul Stephenson), “You can’t piss on hospitality!” 20 years later, its stars have taken that lesson to heart. Adoring fans around the world have turned the once obscure, overwhelmingly flawed flick (witness a 0% score on rottentomatoes) into that rare gem of an actual cult classic.
Stephenson & Hardy have embraced the affection to reclaim their initially dark experience with a love letter of a documentary: Best Worst Movie. The film chronicles the making of Troll 2, its odd resurrection, the fans that made it happen and the cast members’ search for a little artistic redemption.
Collider chatted up Stephenson (Bwm’s director) & Dr. Hardy (its main subject) for a funny back-and-forth this week. Hit the jump for the interview’s full audio and transcript, along with stories of »
- Ron Messer
We bitch about them all the time, but there’s really something kind of special about a bad movie — unlike books, and to a far greater extent than most pieces of music, a bad movie requires the involvement of a great number of people, most of them passionate believers in the doomed project at hand. A movie that’s only crappy will just bore you, but a really bad one can take you outside of your skin for 90 minutes and make you re-examine the way you look at the world. How can so many people go so wrong? Is art real? What does “talent” mean?
These are the kinds of questions posed by the very worst movies, and according to a not inconsiderable number of people, the worst of them all is 1990’s Troll 2. It’s difficult to describe the motion picture misery that is Troll 2, but some »
- Jeff Giles
Schlock Vaue vs. Troll 2
Spawned in the year of...actually, the less you know the better!
"Do you see that writing? Do you know what it means? Hospitality! And you can't piss on hospitality! I won't allow it!" - actual line from Troll 2
*thoughtful pause*............Okay, here we go. On his death bed, Troll 2 director Claudio Fragasso will have to answer for himself as a filmmaker (starting with Zombie 3), and as considerate and compassionate as the big guy upstairs may be, I have not doubt that Mr. Fragasso will spend eternal damnation shoveling a never ending mounds of festering fecal matter. A punishment befitting the man responsible for one of cinemas all time worst, utterly outrageous, so very, very wrong, makes me want to puke-fests. So ashamed by his work (and rightfully so) Claudio Fragasso worked under the pseudonym of Drake Floyd. You see Troll 2 »
In this one-shot addition of Schlock Value, Mad Man Dan takes on what many consider to be the mother of all schlock flicks, Troll 2. When these megaforces collide, who will survive and what will be left of them?Read on for the demented thoughts of an insane genius, but beware: we don't edit Dan, we just let the freak off the leash, so he can howl at the moon. You have been warned.
"Do you see that writing? Do you know what it means? Hospitality! And you can't piss on hospitality! I won't allow it!" - Actual line from Troll 2
*thoughtful pause*............Okay, here we go. On his death bed, Troll 2 director Claudio Fragasso will have to answer for himself as a filmmaker (starting with Zombie 3), and as considerate and compassionate as the big guy upstairs may be, I have not doubt that Mr. Fragasso will »
16 items from 2010
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