Stephenson investigates the improbable rise of a critically panned horror flick of the early ’90s to a pop-culture touchstone. Stephenson, who starred in Troll 2 nearly 20 years ago, chooses to focus on his on-screen father as he comes to terms with his strange, newly found celebrity.
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"Mostly i've wasted my life. I always thought I had potential but I never did use it. You know, more or less i've frittered my life away ... but then what else is there to do with a life but fritter it away?" There is value in everything, even in the aimless and the unskilled. A bad film director and a bunch of bad actors cannot simply be shrugged off.
We all have those guillty pleasures, the films we love that we know are truly bad. I remember midnight screenings of "basket case" that I would drag new people to every time. Those films that once you start to watch your hooked. This film examines that fan love, that communal feeling one has watching a bad film in a cinema. An interesting look at cult fan culture and the people marked by appearing in them.
Manages to be more than just 'Troll 2' fan service, as might be expected. An interesting look at the phenomena of cult moviedom, it's most compelling as a character study, particularly of the ex-cast members and where they are now. You don't have to be a fan of 'Troll 2' or even cult movies in general to appreciate this one.
While TROLL 2 accidentally became one of the worst known films ever made, BEST WORST MOVIE accidentally hits ideas and themes that go beyond the mere making of a crappy horror movie that's acquired cult status. The hunger for stardom and recognition, the line between the sincere and the delusional, and the relationship between an artist and his/her art are beautifully glimpsed here.
Really great to see the story and the people behind the film. It just scratched the surface, really, in regards to all that and film ownership/consumption/appropriation, etc. Cool to see people I know and theatres I love in this, too!