Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Best Worst Movie

Well, it is that time again - Documentary review!

My husband had another one on his list that he wanted to see: Best Worst Movie. I know the name doesn't sound promising but I went with it. We put this one on our online Blockbuster queue with a 'Long Wait' status and it never budged. I mean we waited over six months, at least, for it to come in. So I started to think that this must be a good documentary. As many of you know I switched to Netflix and cancelled our Blockbuster account when my local Blockbuster store closed...anyway. The movie came in the mail last week from Netflix but we didn't get around to it until last night.

Best Worst Movie is a documentary about Troll 2, a horror movie made twenty years ago. It has been labeled as the worst movie in the world. The label is probably correct, however, as with all movies there are usually a few fans. Troll 2 is no different. Over the course of the last decade its fan base has grown and moved the movie to cult status with people roaring with laughter instead of cringing or sheltering their eyes at each viewing.

The documentary is helmed by the leading actor for Troll 2: Michael Stephenson. He tells the story of how the movie came to be made, went straight to VHS tape and quickly forgotten - or so he thought.  Almost two decades later and without any manufacturing by Hollywood, the movie garnered a pretty hefty and surreal fan base. We meet all the actors and how they were embarrassed to admit they were in the movie - to them signing autographs and giving speeches at screenings across the country.

People love this movie - and I mean love! I still don't know why but we all have that one movie that speaks to us - no matter how bad it was. I have one - Xanadu (Hey, don't laugh - I was ten when it came out) and I watched it over and over again. Apparently Troll 2 spoke to a lot of young individuals back in the early 90's. They were just too embarrassed to tell anyone else for awhile. Then it festered like a slow growing weed and pushed it to a huge cult classic a few years back.

I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. There were even scenes where I laughed out loud. Perhaps I wasn't supposed to laugh. However, Troll 2 was meant to be a horror flick but turned into a comedy, so I think I am allowed. With that said, I am recommending you put Best Worst Movie on your queue - hopefully, you won't have too long to wait.

You are probably thinking: "Is she going to rent Troll 2 now?" My answer is no but I can put money on the fact that my son and husband will be watching it in the near future.

Now, I am going to make a request: Tell me the movie that you love that most people didn't like. Maybe you might find others on here who like it too.


nothingprofound said...

Ed Wood's movies "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "Glen And Glenda" are usually reputed to be the worst films ever. Especially the latter-you have to see it to believe it. Someday I'll have to give "Troll 2" a try, to see if it measures up.

I love Bresson's "The Diary Of A Country Priest" which is a film very few people care for.

Tired of Previews said...


Yes, I have heard that - This movie mentions Ed Wood and his films. This is called Best Worst Movie because of the cult following and recent screenings where they sell out and how much their fans love the movie - to an unusual degree. You will have to see the documentary to fully understand.

I have never heard of your choice. Interesting.


Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont said...

I saw Insidious today. The reviews have been generally negative but I quite liked it.

Mama on a Green Mission said...

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Bill Friday said...

Everyone has their favorite "guilty pleasure" bad movie... mine would have to be the amazingly layered and always quote worthy "Dog Soldiers" ("Where's Spoon?"), starring Kevin McKidd. And speaking of Kevin McKidd, if the pre-production rumors are true, a reboot of the entire "Highlander" franchise with McKidd as Connor MacLeod would be just what the bad/good doctor ordered.

Tired of Previews said...

Bill - never heard of yours either. Regrading Highlander - I loved the first one but didn't care for the other ones. Remake? Really?

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Tired of Previews said...

Thanks for stopping by - Design.

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