Sunday, August 22, 2010

Horror Film Review

Troll (1986): This was on one of the two thousand Starz channels I get last night. You're asking yourself, why, for the love of all that's holy, didn't you change the channel? Good question. The only thing I can think of is that it's like Jerry Springer or a horrible accident, you don't really want to watch but you just can't help yourself. Nothing about this film is good, which is odd. Michael Moriarty, Noah Hathaway, and June Lockhart are decent actors. The premise had promise: magical evil critter going apartment to apartment transforming the folks who live in the building into other magical evil critters. Where did it go wrong? Where didn't it? For whatever reason, the actors feel the need to yell their lines while mugging for the camera. The special effects consist of hand puppets and light beams the original Star Trek series did better. It's shot on film stock reminiscent of what they used for porn in the 70s (don't ask how I know that). And the story just simply goes all stupid. There were a lot of movies like this one made in the 80s and some weren't too bad. Most, like this one, sucked. My advice? Go watch Gremlins again.

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