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Troll (1986)

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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Malcolm Mallory / Torok the Troll
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William Daniels
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Young Eunice St. Clair
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Barry Tabor
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Eunice St. Clair
Robert Hathaway ...
First Policeman
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Dale Wyatt ...
Dickinson's Girlfriend
Barbara Sciorilli ...
Fairy

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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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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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17 January 1986 (USA)  »

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Peikko  »

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

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$5,450,815 (USA)
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Director John Carl Buechler had been so impressed with Noah Hathaway's performance in "The Neverending Story" that he cast him as the lead in the film. See more »

Goofs

At Malcom's apartment, Malcolm fills a glass with apple juice and places the container in the fridge. The shot cuts to Wendy, then back to Malcolm, who fills the glass again and places the container in the fridge. See more »

Quotes

Peter Dickinson: [about Wendy] Is she rabid?
Anne Potter: She excitable... she's... Kids!
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Soundtracks

Summertime Blues
Words and Music by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart
© 1958 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., Hill & Range Songs, Inc., Elvis Presley Music & Gladys Music
Performed by Blue Cheer
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a Division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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more corny than scary
26 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

I don't like scary movies, so when I saw they Shelley Hack was going to be in this one, I figured it was going to be a good choice. I was right. She looked good, and that was about all.

On the Witches' Sabbath, Harry and Anne Potter and their children Wendy and Harry Jr. move into an apartment building where a number of quirky people live. Wendy goes into the laundry room and meets Torok, an evil-looking creature. Harry Jr. goes into the same laundry room but doesn't see Torok because, using a green ring, he has the ability to change his appearance.

The experience of running into Torok is apparently very traumatic for Wendy. While not exactly Linda Blair in 'The Exorcist' (I've only seen clips from that one, and that's all I want to see), she does worry her parents quite a bit. Meanwhile, residents of the building start disappearing mysteriously.

Jenny Beck was wonderful as Wendy, and she appeared to be having a good time acting in a way kids can only fantasize about behaving. Phil Fondacaro also gave a very good performance as Malcolm, an English professor who was shorter than young Wendy and became her friend. The movie's most memorable scene is one between the two of them that seemed out of place in a movie like this but made sense later. Fondacaro also appeared in the credits as the troll, who was more adorable than scary, a quality you could see in his eyes (which must have been Fondacaro's). Anne Lockhart also did well as the mysterious Eunice, who lived upstairs and became Harry Jr.'s friend. As for Sonny Bono's performance as a not-so-suave ladies man, I think he made the right choice going into politics, because his talents in government are well-documented (though I liked him a lot when he performed with Cher and in many other TV appearances).

This movie may be a little too scary for young children, but the various monsters still had a cartoonish quality about them. Overall, the movie was more comedy than horror, though toward the end horror would describe it better.

It's not a bad movie, really.


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