“Best Worst Movie” …Or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Shit

There are two types of people in this world; those who love bad movies… and those who hate them. You can easily place me in the former. Ever since I was a kid, I found a love for truly awful cinema. Every chance I had I would indulge my passion with  films like Plan 9 From Outer Space  and Manos: The Hands of Fate. Because for me, these aren’t “bad” movies; they are a glimpse into one’s attempt to show the viewer their passion without necessarily having the ability or talent to do so. Troll 2  is no exception.

For those of you who haven’t experienced this cinematic abortion, let me show you a taste of what I’m talking about here:

Yes, this is actually in the movie. And that beautiful scene is just the tip of the shitty iceberg. Now you would think that anybody with any amount of brain capacity would avoid such a turd at all costs. But you’d be wrong. Since it’s inception, the Church of Troll 2  has grown by the thousands. It is a cult phenomenon that is loved and adored from all corners of the globe. Screenings of the film are popping up in many U.S cities, uniting fans in celebration of passion-induced mediocrity. But the question on everybody’s minds is, how does the cast and crew of Troll 2 feel about their film?

In 2009, Michael Stephenson set out to answer that question. Stephenson played the role of Joshua in the film and, like many of his co-stars, hated and despised this film. For twenty years he ran away from any sort of recognition from Troll 2, but one day he embraced it and realized that a bad movie can still effect the masses in a positive way. With camera in hand, Stephenson set out to find the cast and crew of Troll 2. What Best Worst Movie does is chronicles his experience in accomplishing that goal, as well as giving the viewer a glimpse into the magic and fandom that this movie has generated over the years.

For anybody who loves a very personal, heartfelt documentary, look no further. Best Worst Movie is a loving tribute to anybody who has kept the spirit and fun of Troll 2 going. Furthermore, it is a documentary that really allows you to see the reality and resulting emotions of making what is arguably the worst film ever made. Whether it is confusion, anger, or acceptance, you really understand what being a part of an experience like this is all about.

Best Worst Movie is a fun journey into the world a bad cinema. You don’t necessarily have to see Troll 2 in order to understand what is being discussed in this documentary, but seeing the film beforehand really helps you feel a more emotional connection to the people involved. Besides, I consider Troll 2 a must-see for everybody. I mean come on, it’s called Troll 2 and there isn’t even one fucking “Troll” in the movie!!

For more information on Best Worst Movie, go to bestworstmovie.com

RATING 8/10

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~ by Brandon Gnuschke on May 4, 2011.

2 Responses to ““Best Worst Movie” …Or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Shit”

  1. Oh my! That clip was awful! But wait! I have NEVER heard of this movie and if I would have heard of it and only seen the above clip well… I woudn’t bother watching it. But YOU have a point here! It doesn’t matter how awful the movie is! The whole point is that THEY created something and did so with what they had. There are so many crative people that kill their dream(s) before anyone else can. ::looks away avoiding eye contact::
    You Sir have made me want to see both films, at least I’ll get a laugh out of Troll 2 and then an understanding from Best Worst Movie.

    Thanks!

  2. Brunden…..I love you.

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