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(1986)

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The hero of this film is a boy named Harry Potter, who is surrounded by a fantasy world of witches, wizards and magic - eleven years before J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels swept the publishing world.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus' film debut.
The movie Troll 2 (1990), despite its title, is not a sequel to this movie and also does not contain Trolls.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has admitted being embarrassed of her infamous appearance in the film. Jay Leno antagonized the star by screening her scene as a nymph on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.125 (2013) in April 2013. This was a surprise to Louis-Dreyfus and she was visibly annoyed by Leno dredging up her connection to this film.
Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus play an on-screen couple in this film. In real life, the two were dating and would marry the year following this film's release. It remains the only live-action film in which they starred together, although both provided their voices to A Bug's Life (1998).
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.
As production began, Michael Moriarty complained to director John Carl Buechler that he didn't understand his character. The day that they shot the scene in which the Potter family moves into the building, Buechler snatched a bucket hat off the head of first assistant director Mauro Sacripanti and put it on Moriarty. "I look ridiculous," Moriarty said. "So Harry Potter is ridiculous?" A light-bulb went off and there was no further discussion of the character.
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.
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Sonny Bono was only available for a few days, so during the second stage of his transformation sequence, makeup supervisor John Vulich doubled for him.
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Although she remained covered in the film for her transformation into the Faery, an on-set photo of Julia Louis-Dreyfus was published in the March 1986 issue of Cinefantastique Magazine in which her bare breasts were visible.
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"Cantos Profane," otherwise known as "The Troll Song," was recorded prior to shooting and set the tone for the rest of Richard Band's musical score. The characters were supposed to perform it as a full-blown production number, but due to limitations in the low-budget puppets they had to grunt along to the music.
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Executive producer Charles Band appears briefly as part of a young couple seen on television.
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John Carl Buechler first pitched the film to producer Roger Corman while they were working on Android (1982), but Corman passed on it.
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In John Carl Buechler's original story treatment, Torok was a monster who was systematically killing off the inhabitants of the building slasher-movie style. Producer Charles Band wanted to create a PG-13 movie, so the story was altered and the fantasy element was created.
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The role of Malcolm Mallory was explicitly written for Phil Fondacaro but director/FX man John Carl Buechler was pressured to cast Billy Barty. Originally, a fully animatronic puppet was intended to have been utilized for Torok the Troll, but Buechler scrapped his plan and sculpted a creature costume directly onto Fondacaro's life cast, knowing that the producers wouldn't want to pay two different actors.
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The Ratspit puppet from "The Dungeonmaster" (aka The Dungeonmaster (1984)) is recycled.
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While the film is not short on hideous or disgusting creatures, Torok is the only troll to appear on screen. The other creatures are fey folk, nymphs, goblins, and other mythical beings.
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Director John Carl Buechler intended the write the script himself but he got tied up doing FX work on other projects and had to pass off the writing duties.
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The movie was shot in five weeks.
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The green and white hat Harry Potter Sr. wears at the beginning of the film is from Real Betis Balompie, a soccer team from Seville, Spain.
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John Carl Buechler: appears in a small role as the sorcerer.
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