When I saw that Scream Factory was going to be putting out this double feature set on Blu-ray I was hoping they’d include Best Worst Movie. You do get that for the first 5000 pressings which is a real treat. Not only do you get two completely fun, off the wall movies to enjoy, but you get to understand better the Italian sequel/naming convention game that we’ve talked about with previous Scream Factory releases. I think most folks will pick this set up looking for a laugh, but personally I think the original is downright creepy. It’s scared me since I was a kid, is full of heart and has a powerful score. Don’t call it Ghoulies 1.5 or Ghoulies Jr. I may love Ghoulies, but the original Troll is a much better movie than that with a stellar cast.
Troll has the same problem that siblings have going through high school. The association with one movie/kid’s behavior is imparted upon the other movie/kid. Granted Troll 2 did come after Troll, but Troll has been in the shadow of the sequel since its folks discovered just how hard they could riff on Troll 2. Hell, they made a documentary that even explained why it was soooo okay to riff on Troll 2. Now every thinks that Troll has popcorn sexy, bad makeup, made creature creation and shitty acting. That’s so unfair. Granted I get that some of you folks simply don’t know how to appreciate a movie by Empire. I see perfectly excellent Empire movies get trashed all the time for fans failing to understand the climate in which these movies were released or that there were actually original stories in those direct to video offerings.
Troll 2… hey have a ball with that one. I don’t think I need to tell anyone just what a piece of trash it is, and that that’s exactly why you enjoy it. It’s funny, poorly written and has some truly quotable onliners. The effects are trashed, rehased mis-mashed versions of the original film… sort of and there’s plenty of green slime. Your dinner table conversation will never be the same again.
Troll hadn’t received a US Blu-ray up until this point even though Troll 2 had. Best Worst Movie had also seen a release in the US. This puts the entire package together in one place save for the subsequent, name only sequels that continued to embody the great Italian name-game tradition. Both transfers look very nice. The extra packages for both is fare, but the real gem here is the making of featurette for the first movie. You of course get the full on making on DVD in Best Worst Movie for Troll 2.
You can order your copy now.
From Scream Factory
Be Afraid... Be Twice As Afraid!
Lock the doors and pull out the weed-wacker for this house party of horror! One family is about to find out there's no place like home when a troublesome troll starts taking over their building, transforming each apartment into an overgrown garden of ancient evil and turning tenants into a horde of hairy hobgoblins!
Michael Moriarty and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in this super-slimy scare-fest that's "a special-effects pig-out" (Daily News)!
Those greedy goblins are back and hungrier than ever in this gourmet gross-out! Disguised as friendly country folk, a pugnacious posse of people-eating trolls lures visitors to their town. But a family of four is about to discover this place is a real tourist trap... and now, the no-good gnomes must be destroyed before the family gets flambéed... and the world becomes a buffet in this feeding frenzy of fear!
Also included: BEST WORST MOVIE (DVD, 1.78:1, 93 min.) – An affectionate and intoxicatingly fun tribute to the single greatest bad movie ever made and the people responsible for unleashing it upon the world. In 1989, a group of unknown Utah actors starred in what would be crowned the worst movie of all time: Troll 2!
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) / Dolby Digital 5.1 / 2010 / Color / 93 minutes
NEW The Making of TROLL Featuring Interviews With Director John Carl Buechler, Producer Charles Band, Writer Ed Naha, Composer Richard Band, Special Effects Artists John Vulich And Gino Crognale, Visual Effects Artists Jim Aupperle, James Belhovek, Linda Drake And Kevin Kutchaver
Behind The Scenes Still Gallery
NEW Audio Commentary With Actors George Hardy And Deborah Reed
TROLL and TROLL 2 are only on the Blu-ray disc of this Blu-ray/DVD pack. Best Worst Movie is included in the first 5,000 pressings.