A wicked troll king in search of a mystical ring that will return him to his human form invades a San Francisco apartment complex where a powerful witch lives.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Beck ...
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The Potter family has just moved to a rented apartment in San Francisco. Harry Potter Sr. and his wife Anne are bringing the packages to the apartment and their son Harry Jr. and their little daughter Wendy Anne stays on the sidewalk. Wendy goes to the laundry room, she meets the wicked troll Torok that uses his magic ring to possess Wendy and to use her form to transform the dwellers and their apartment into other trolls and his kingdom. Harry Jr. feels that something is wrong with his sister and seeks out help with the good witch Eunice St. Clair that lives in the building. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peikko  »

Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)


$5,450,815 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The picture of Galwyn in his human form (before being turned into a mushroom) that Eunice St. Clair shows Harry Potter Jr. is a caricature of the film's director, John Carl Buechler. See more »


When Harry is on the hallway landing, a gust starts to blow. As he jumps over the ivy vines on the floor, a hand holding a black wind machine appears on the right side of the screen. See more »


Wendy Potter: I know what death looks like. It looks like *this*!
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Watch as a creature systematically takes over an apartment complex.
11 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I rather liked this one a bit, though I can see from its score that I am in the minority in my opinion. Though at least most can agree this one is a lot better than the sequel. This movie has a family moving into a new apartment complex. Very quickly the little girl is taken by the title character and he takes her place. Throughout the movie the troll disguised as the little girl moves from one apartment to the next turning each room into a seemingly new dimension or something. The girl's brother has his suspicious and teams with this old woman to figure things out. The old woman seems to know a lot and she looks a lot better with her hair down. Soon the entire apartment becomes part of this world the troll is creating and the boy must finish it off because the old lady just is not in the position to help at the end. Rather fanciful and interesting...nothing to take to seriously, but I thought it was a rather good story and movie.

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