The Waits family --- father Michael, mother Diana, daughter Holly and son Joshua --- are doing something unusual for summer vacation this year. They are swapping homes with a family that owns a farm; the Waits will live off the land for a few months and the other family will enjoy suburbia. Apparently, the farming family doesn't mind the very probable odds of city folk ruining their crops without help or supervision. Also worth noting is the fact that the Waits parents must be crazy, sadistic bastards to put their kids through this experience.
|"One step closer, and I will snap my son's neck, I swear to God!"|
|Because fear is delicious|
The Waits leave for the town of Nilbog before those questions can be answered. Once they arrive, young Joshua has a revelation:
Joshua has a bright future as a detective, as you can see. When the Waits family arrives in their newly-swapped summer home, they find a vast "feast" laid out for them. The quotations marks are deserved, since most of the meal appears to be made of green Play-Doh and colored whipped cream.
|I Can't Believe It's Not Butter|
Of course, sooner or later it becomes obvious to the Waits that Nilbog is full of goblins. In fact, it is comprised entirely of goblins.
|Only some of whom are forced to wear crappy costumes|
What sets Troll 2 apart from so many other bad movies is how fantastically inept it is, in every way. No matter what aspect of the movie-making process you want to focus on, Troll 2 does it wrong to a hilarious degree. Let's start with something simple, like costumes and make-up. Not every movie is going to have a huge budget for special effects or convincing inhuman costumes.
|Some can afford only masks and potato sacks|
|Battle of Crazy Eyes|
From what I've researched, it seems that this film was written by the director and his wife, who were both Italian and neither of whom spoke fluent English. Furthermore, it seems that the director insisted on the cast reading their lines as they were written, regardless of grammar or common sense. That definitely explains much of the acting in Troll 2. If you like flat line delivery, odd emphasis, and bizarre vocal cadences, this is the movie for you.
|It's not over-acting if she doesn't know what she's saying|
Isn't the Spanish dubbing far superior? I think my favorite part of that scene is how obviously awful it is, and yet the director was apparently satisfied with it. A fly landed on the actor's forehead while he screamed, which practically begs for another take, but apparently the director came from the Ed Wood school of direction and marched on.
I could go on and on, examining the ridiculous music, direction, editing, and story, but that would just make me want to watch the movie again.
|Story problem: sex scenes involving corn cobs are not sexy|
Lefty Gold I have ever encountered.