Adamantium Bullet
8Oct/18

31 Days Of Horror: TROLL

For the next 31 days, we here at Adamantium Bullet will be reviewing one horror film a day leading up to Halloween. Each film will be horrific, terrifying, chilling, pulse-pounding, or flat-out awful. All will be endured in honor of the season. Expect SPOILERS. Welcome to Adamantium Bullet’s “All 80s” edition of 31 DAYS OF HORROR.

In this episode, J Bryant and AngieBee discuss the weird 1986 fantasy comedy adventure horror pic TROLL starring Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Sonny Bono, Julia Louis Dreyfus, and Noah Hathaway.

When an evil troll named Torok (Phil Fondacaro) attempts to bring about cataclysmic changes that will forever erase mankind, an ancient sorceress (June Lockhart) and a young boy named Harry Potter (Noah Hathaway) join forces to stop him before he can carry out his diabolical plan.

Five people maybe kinda sort-of died in TROLL. Honestly, it’s hard to tell who died and who died and was later reborn as a some kind of magical fantasy creature thus negating their death. This is a weird movie.

Peter (the always amusing Sonny Bono - RIP) is needled by Torok The Troll, transforms into a seed pod thing, and then transforms again, this time into a lush fantasy fairy world. Can’t say we've ever seen that happen in a movie before.

Just a little tasteful PG-13 semi-full nudity from Jeanette (Julia Louis Dreyfus) and the anonymous wood nymphs.

As weird as TROLL gets, and it gets weird, the weirdest, most SIGNATURE MOMENT of all had to be when the little puppet trolls and goblins broke out into song. Yes, you read that right, the trolls and goblins broke out into song. Per IMDB: "Cantos Profane," otherwise known as "The Troll Song," was recorded prior to shooting and set the tone for the rest of Richard Band's musical score. The characters were supposed to perform it as a full-blown production number, but due to limitations in the low-budget puppets they had to grunt along to the music.

TROLL features “Parents Who Don’t Believe Their Kids, No Matter How Crazy Things Get” and a “Hero/Heroine Who Throws Down Their Weapon Assuming The Final Baddie/Beastie Is Dead When He/She/It Clearly Is Not”. Two classic IDIOT MOMENTS of the horror genre.

FIRST “WTF?!?” MOMENT: Wendy Anne (Jenny Beck) invites Malcolm (Phil Fondacaro) to dinner and her parents don’t even question it. Malcolm is a nice guy and all, but he’s a grown ass man who accepted a dinner invite from a little girl. Innocent or not, that’s just not okay. Even if he’d spoke to the parents first before or after having accepted the invite from Wendy Anne, it still would’ve been weird. It’s just weird and not okay. Just like the fact all of the tenants in the apartment building The Potters live in are okay with Wendy Anne wandering in and out of their homes. These are some weird folks living in this building. Sonny Bono’s character is basically Quagmire from FAMILY GUY. Would you want your underage daughter hanging out with Quagmire from FAMILY GUY? No, you wouldn’t, so it’s weird that these parents and tenants didn’t seem to mind.

SECOND “WTF?!?” MOMENT: TROLL features a young boy named Harry Potter who journeys into a world filled with witches, wizards, trolls, and magic. This film came out in 1986. The first book in J.K. Rowling’s mega-popular HARRY POTTER book series was published in 1997. WTF?!?

THIRD “WTF?!?” MOMENT: See SIGNATURE MOMENT.

FOURTH “WTF?!?” MOMENT: The film TROLL 2 is an in-name only sequel that was originally titled GOBLINS before being retitled to cash in on the success of the original TROLL. It was originally titled GOBLINS because its antagonists are goblins, not trolls. The film TROLL 3 is also an in-name only sequel, this time a re-titling of QUEST FOR THE MIGHTY SWORD, which can also be found under the titles ATOR IV, ATOR III: THE HOBGOBLIN, and HOBGOBLINS. To add more confusion to the confusion, there is a second TROLL 3, which is also an in-name only sequel, originally titled CREEPERS, also known as CONTAMINATION .7 and THE CRAWLERS. To add even more confusion to the confusion to the confusion, two official follow-ups to TROLL are currently in development, a film prequel titled TROLL: THE RISE OF HARRY POTTER JR possibly starring Patricia Arquette, and an animated series set to premiere sometime in 2018/2019.

> The hero of this film is a boy named Harry Potter Jr, who is surrounded by a fantasy world of witches, wizards and magic - eleven years before J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels swept the publishing world.

> TROLL was Julia Louis-Dreyfus' film debut.

> Brad Hall and Julia Louis-Dreyfus play an on-screen couple in this film. In real life, the two were dating and would marry the year following this film's release. It remains the only live-action film in which they starred together, although both provided their voices to 1998's A BUG'S LIFE.

> In director John Carl Buechler's original story treatment, Torok was a monster who was systematically killing off the inhabitants of the building slasher-movie style. Producer Charles Band wanted to create a PG-13 movie, so the story was altered and the fantasy element was created.

> The role of Malcolm Mallory was explicitly written for Phil Fondacaro but John Carl Buechler was pressured to cast Billy Barty. Originally, a fully animatronic puppet was intended to have been utilized for Torok the Troll, but Buechler scrapped his plan and sculpted a creature costume directly onto Fondacaro's life cast, knowing that the producers wouldn't want to pay two different actors.

> The picture of Galwyn in his human form (before being turned into a mushroom) that Eunice St. Clair shows Harry Potter Jr. is a caricature of the film's director, John Carl Buechler.

> The USELESS KNOWLEDGE portion of this review was sourced from Wikipedia and IMDB.

Posted by AngieBee

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