Best Worst Movie

Rated NR 91 minutes 2010

Documentary filmmaking relies a lot on luck: Will the people you interview behave in strange and interesting ways? Will something happen in the course of your filming that will add drama, or create a narrative? Will your mom’s checking account have enough cash in it to pay for some time in an editing suite? In Best Worst Movie, director Michael Stephenson gets plenty of such luck, mostly because he picked the perfect topic: the movie Troll 2, sometimes called the worst film ever made. Having starred in Troll 2 as a 12-year-old in 1990, Stephenson rounds up some old cast members, finds the egomaniacal and delusional writer/director, and tours the country trying to figure out why and how bad can be good. The answers come from the odd assemblage of talents involved in the film; they show that rough edges and bad ideas often make for more entertaining cinema than a thousand focus groups and $100 million worth of blue aliens, boy wizards, teen vampires and high-heeled colonialists.

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Director: Michael Stephenson

Producer: Mary Groom, Alan Hunter, Hugh Hunter and Brad Klopman

Cast: George Hardy, Michael Stephenson, Darren Ewing, Jason Wright, Randall Colburn, Adam Deyoe, Patrick Gibbs, Paul Gibbs, Eric Gosselin and Timothy Marklevitz


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