Director: Claudio Fragasso (under the pseudonym Drake Floyd)
Stars: Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young, Deborah Reed, Darren Ewing, Jason F. Wright
A critic's take: “Only a truly awful movie could make Troll look like a horror masterpiece, and let there be no doubt, Troll 2 is that movie.” - Nick Schager (Lessons Of Darkness)
Why it's bad (meaning good): If you’re not entirely sure why anyone would dedicate an entire list to 50 god-awful movies, give the 2010 documentary Best Worst Movie a look. Centered on the ever-growing sect of die-hards who religiously watch 1990’s unbelievably incompetent Troll 2, the doc, directed by Troll 2 co-star Michael Stephenson, does a fantastic job of delving into the bliss that can come from experiencing horrible cinema.
And there’s no doubt about it: Italian hack director Claudio Fragasso’s supposed “sequel” to 1986’s Troll (the two movies have nothing in common whatsoever) is wretchedly made. Yet, it’s so inexpertly conceived that everything about it works in unexpected ways. Funnier than most comedies written intentionally for giggles, Troll 2 is a smorgasbord of robotically spoken dialogue, goofy monster costumes, and non-existent chemistry between the actors.
You’ve got to love Fragasso’s doomed-to-fail approach to shooting, too: Despite the fact that he was working with largely inexperienced actors, Fragasso employed a nearly all-Italian crew, meaning that the cast couldn’t understand most, if any, of his directions, nor effortlessly take part in general on-set discussions. Never has a language barrier yielded such amazing results.