Best Worst Movie

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Best Worst Movie
Theatrical release cover
Directed by Michael Stephenson
Produced by
  • Lindsay Stephenson
  • Brad Klopman
  • Jim Klopman
Magicstone Productions
Distributed by
  • Magicstone Productions
  • New Video Group
Release dates
  • March 14, 2009 (SXSW)
  • November 16, 2010 (DVD)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Best Worst Movie is a 2009 American documentary film about the making of the infamously bad 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 Magicstone 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]


  • George Hardy
  • Lily Hardy
  • Pita Ray
  • Micki Knox
  • Tommy Bice
  • Lila Graves
  • Laura Gulledge
  • Merry Hardy
  • Barbara H. Young
  • Emily Booth


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; he stated, "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 very positive reviews; it currently holds a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 56 reviews.[4]Roger Ebert awarded Best Worst Movie three out of four stars.[5] The AV Club gave the film a "B" rating.[6]


  1. ^ "Best & Worst of 2009: David Harley Picks His Top 10!". Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Troll / Troll 2 [with Best Worst Movie on DVD]". Shout! Factory. 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 at Rotten Tomatoes
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger (July 28, 2010). "Best Worst Movie Movie Review (2010)". Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Tobias, Scott (April 22, 2010). "Best Worst Movie". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 

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