Best Worst Movie

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Best Worst Movie
Theatrical release cover
Directed byMichael Stephenson
Written byMichael Stephenson
Produced by
  • Lindsay Stephenson
  • Brad Klopman
  • Jim Klopman
  • Michael Stephenson
CinematographyKatie Graham
Carl Indriago
Edited byKatie Graham
Andrew Matthews
Music byBobby Tahouri
Distributed by
  • Magicstone Productions
  • New Video Group
Release dates
  • March 14, 2009 (SXSW)
  • November 16, 2010 (DVD)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States

Best Worst Movie is a 2009 American documentary film about the making of the infamous 1990 horror film Troll 2 and its subsequent resurgence as a cult film.[1] Directed by Michael Stephenson, the child star of Troll 2, the film was distributed by Magic Stone Productions and New Video Group. It was also included in the first 5,000 copies of Scream Factory's Blu-ray double feature of Troll and Troll 2, released on November 17, 2015.[2]


Almost twenty years after critically-panned film Troll 2 was released, the cast and crew are followed in this documentary to see how they handle the new life that the movie has been given. Fans gather to celebrate the movie at screenings.

Director of the documentary Michael Stephenson, who played the young boy in Troll 2, interviews many of the former cast and crew. Although many consider Troll 2 to be one of the worst movies ever made, many fans have had parties, annual screenings, and found joy in watching the unintended humor of the movie.

The documentary follows lead actor of Troll 2 George Hardy, a dentist living in his hometown Alabama where he is well-liked by people around him and embraces the role he had in the movie. He is seen trying to convince his neighbors to attend a local screening of the film and also goes to conventions. He mentions that if he could have chosen to be an actor or a dentist, he would have been an actor as he did not mind the spotlight.

Claudio Fragasso, director of Troll 2, is also featured discussing what he intended this film to become. He is happy to see the cult following that his original film has achieved but fails to understand why fans of the movie laughed at scenes that were not intended to be funny. When asked why the film was called "Troll 2" when there were no trolls in the film, he initially does not understand the question and after being told that the creatures in the film are called goblins, he scoffs at the question. Although Fragasso is made aware that his film is considered to be a poorly-made one, he is glad the film has had an impression on its viewers.

Other actors of the cast and crew do Q&A sessions with fans of the film. Some joke that they had never read the entire script when their parts were filmed. Others say that they never knew what kind of movie they were filming. Margo Prey, who played the wife of Hardy's character in Troll 2, was interviewed but did not want to go to the local screening of the film because of how "complicated" it would have been. More former cast members were interviewed at their homes to discuss their thoughts on the film and what the film has become since the production.

In the end, Hardy stated that he would do Troll 3 if he were asked to do so. During the credits, it was noted that Fragasso was writing his next film Troll 2: Part 2.



After completing and watching Troll 2, Stephenson became embarrassed by the film; however, thanks to Myspace, he began to realize that the film had gained a cult following and was often listed alongside favorite movies of users on the site.[3] According to Stephenson, the turning point came in April 2006: "I woke up one morning with a really warm feeling and I was smiling ear to ear. I was next to my wife and I said, 'I am the child star of the worst movie ever made... there's a story here'".[3]

Not all participants in Troll 2 were eager to revisit the film. Stephenson noted that he had trouble convincing actors Don Packard and Connie Young to be included in the project, although he was eventually able to convince both to appear in it.[3]


The film premiered at the South by Southwest festival in March 2009, and was released on DVD in November 2010.


Best Worst Movie received positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes it holds a 94% approval rating, based on 70 reviews, with an average rating of 7.30/10. The website's consensus reads: "Good-natured and mirthful, Best Worst Movie is a sweet deconstruction of how a cinematic folly can become a triumph".[4] On Metacritic it has a score of 61% based on reviews from 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5] Roger Ebert awarded Best Worst Movie three out of four stars.[6] The A.V. Club gave the film a "B" rating.[7]


Award Category Subject Result
Denver Film Critics Society Award Best Documentary Film Nominated
Fantasia International Film Festival Best Documentary Michael Stephenson Won
Sitges Film Festival New Visions Award for Non Fiction Motion Picture Diploma Won
Telly Award Silver Telly — TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces - Sound/Sound Design Woody Woodhall Won


  1. ^ "Best & Worst of 2009: David Harley Picks His Top 10!". 25 December 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  2. ^ "Troll / Troll 2 [with Best Worst Movie on DVD]". Shout! Factory. Archived from the original on 2015-11-23. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  3. ^ a b c Hill, Katrina. "How the star of Troll 2 stopped worrying and learned to love being in the worst movie of all time". Io9. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Best Worst Movie". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2021-09-11.
  5. ^ "Best Worst Movie". Metacritic. Retrieved 2021-09-11.
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (July 28, 2010). "Best Worst Movie Movie Review (2010)". Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  7. ^ Tobias, Scott (April 22, 2010). "Best Worst Movie". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 17, 2013.

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