Troll 2 (image 1)

1.9 out of 10

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Troll 2 1990

Directed by Claudio Fragasso

1.9 out of 10 — Could this be the worst movie ever made? It doesn’t even have trolls. Our screening will be intro’ed by star Michael Stephenson in anticipation of his own doco about Troll 2 mania, Best Worst Movie.

Italy In English
95 minutes 35mm



Claudio Fragasso
Rossella Drudi


Giancarlo Ferrando


Vanio Amici

Art director

Massimo Lentini

Costume designer

Laura Gemser


Carlo Maria Cordio


Michael Paul Stephenson (Joshua Waits)
George Hardy (Michael Waits)
Margo Prey (Diana Waits)
Connie McFarland (Holly Waits)
Robert Ormsby (Grandpa Smith)
Deborah Reed (Creedence Leonore Gielgud)
Jason Wright (Elliott Cooper)
Darren Ewing (Arnold)
Jason Steadman (Drew)
David McConnell (Brent)
Don Packard (drugstore owner)


Can you afford to miss the rare big-screen opportunity to experience the legendary badness of Troll 2? Filmed in Utah by an Italian director who spoke little English, the film went straight to video ignominy and lurks permanently in the nether regions – never more than 2 out of 10 – of Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb viewer ratings. The Troll 2 phenomenon is celebrated in NZIFF doco Best Worst Movie. “Everything about this 1990 bomb is an idiot’s delight, beginning with the title. It has no connection whatsoever to an earlier film called Troll, and is in fact troll-free. It’s about vegetarian goblins (dwarves in latex and burlap) who try to trick humans into eating a green slime that will transform them into plants, and hence a tasty treat.” — Peter Howell, Toronto Star. “A marvel of ineptness, staging scene after scene of total implausibility without a single believable performance… It achieves moments of such lunacy that it’s a unique marvel.” — Rumsey Taylor,