Director: John Carl Buechler
Stars: Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Noah Hathaway, Sonny Bono, Phil Fondacaro, Brad Hall, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gary Sandy
In order to get his life back as a wizard, Torok the troll plans to take over an apartment building. His first step is to possess young Wendy Potter. Her brother, Harry, is the only one who suspects something is wrong. Fortunately, neighbor Eunice St. Clair is a witch and not only believes Harry but also agrees to help him. Meanwhile, as Torok, Wendy starts transforming other building tenants into mythical creatures, and only Harry can stop him.
This is one of the worst horror movies out there, but it is so bad that it is good and fun to watch. This is one of those movies that I have a love/hate for. Oddly enough the movie was a bit of a hit. It made four times the cost of making the movie. No one would have thought that.
The story for this movie is more for younger kids, tweens at the time period. I mean a troll is taking over an apartment complex to make its home. There is no blood or gore at all in this movie. The only violence in the movie is seeing someone being thrown across a room. There is nothing shown in this movie that could warp a child at all.
The strangest part of the movie is the cast. There are some well known names at the time with some now famous actors just starting out. Michael Moriarty and Shelley Hack have both been in a lot of horror movies. Noah Hathaway was from The Neverending Story. Sonny Bono is even in this movie, but it was the days where he would show up for anything. Then you even have Gary Sandy from the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati. The best cast member is the now famous Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She got her start in this bad movie.
I think they should still put out toys from this movie. It would do rather well. Just think all of the adults and horror fans that grew up with this movie. There could be plush dolls of the trolls and action figures of the cast. I think it would be brilliant.
If you have never seen this movie, then you need to. It is worth watching, but I warned you that this is a bad movie. Do not think this is a great horror movie that is also really scary, because it is the opposite. Enjoy.
Troll (1986) Trailer