82- Best Worst Movie [8.5]
Troll 2 star Michael Stephenson steps behind the camera to explore the phenomenon behind the low-budget Italian-produced horror sequel that young movie fanatics have christened “the Rocky Horror of our generation” in this documentary which proves that just because a movie is awful doesn’t mean it won’t find an audience.
Best Worst Movie is such an enjoyable view because director Michael Stephenson (who was the child lead in Troll 2) chose not to approach the subject matter in a cynical fashion. Documentaries are an especially manipulative genre that can distort statements via clever edits, but that doesn’t happen here. Sure, there are few cases of people who have gone off their rocker (or already had when Troll 2 was filmed), but those scenes are fairly sad to watch and you don’t get the feeling that Stephenson is making light of these people’s problems.
At the heart of Best Worst Movie is a fascinating notion that, in some instances, quality doesn’t necessarily dictate a filmviewer’s enjoyment of a movie, but rather, how they emotionally connect to the earnest of what is being created. People recommend Troll 2 not only because it’s an awful film, but because it’s so outrageously odd and out there that it elicits emotions that other comparably bad films may not.
It’s been almost a year since I’ve started this website and having seen eighty-two movies this year, I can say I’ve seen a fair share of poorly made films. There’s something that I remember about having seen Troll 2 after a friend implored me to watch it– there was the joy of the experience, to be so riveted by something truly abysmal. Even after only one viewing, it became a memorable movie and film-viewing experience, and that in itself is why Best Worst Movie reminds me of the amazing joy of cinema– yes, even terrible cinema.