After a steady diet of terrible flicks over the past two decades, something I had somehow come to enjoy in my teen years, seeking out bad movies is something I'm now limiting in my intake as I realized a man can only watch R.O.T.O.R.
so many times, and there's actually stuff you can enjoy because its actually worth watching. But for a long, long time I felt like I was fairly well in tune with what we all considered the worst of the worst.
And yet, somehow, I'd missed the phenomenon of Troll 2
Of course, I was also living in Phoenix when The Alamo figured out how to turn genre-film and midnight screening material into part of their bread and butter, getting people excited about movies that they had never seen, or getting them to pay good money to see movies they'd seen for a far more modest cost on late-night HBO a decade before.
The first time I ever heard the words "Troll 2" was, curiously, at an improv show performance where one of the actresses mistakenly believed that repeatedly making callbacks to a movie few people have not seen nor remember was comedic gold. I swear she dropped the movie's name four times, hoping for a laugh. She was greeted with stony silence, but the fact that she kept going back to the well made me realize "oh, this is one of those things today's hipster kids are into. I get it. But, seriously, naming something funny when you aren't doesn't draw a laugh. STOP IT NOW.".
Best Worst Movie (2009)
tracks the circa 2006 fad (I'll go ahead and call it that) of being really into Troll 2
from the perspective of the folks who participated in the creation of the movie, including the stars, writer, director, extras and, of course, some of the folks making midnight screenings happen.
The film's former wanna-be child star, Michael Stephenson, actually does an amazing job directing the documentary, collecting all the folks from the film together, getting them to talk honestly both about the film, where they are now, and how they related to the film then and now. A lot of the questions I had left over at the end of Rock-afire Explosion
are nowhere to be found in this film. I mean, sure, you can still have some questions, but those might be of a nature that you can sort out for yourself. Basically, the film doesn't raise more questions than it answers, and its pretty honest about what's going on.