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Poster under the name The Crawlers
|Directed by||Fabrizio Laurenti
|Produced by||Joe D'Amato |
|Written by||Fabrizio Laurenti
|Music by||Carlo Maria Cordio|
|Distributed by||Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video
Epic Home Video
Troll 3 (also known as The Crawlers, Creepers, Contamination .7, or Troll III: Contamination Point 7) is an Italian horror film. It is from 1989 or 1990 and was directed for the most part by Fabrizio Laurenti under the pseudonym "Martin Newlin". Some parts of the film were also directed by its producer, Joe D'Amato, who remained uncredited as both director and producer.
Like Troll 2, despite the English title, Troll 3 has no plot connection to the original Troll, features no trolls, and is also a horror film, not a fantasy-comedy. The film has none of the original cast, nor storyline continuation, from either Troll film. In one scene in a bar, a banjo-centric song from Troll 2 can be heard in the background.
D'Amato's fantasy film, Quest for the Mighty Sword, is also referred to as Troll 3 by some sources, so these two films can be confused.
After a small town nuclear power plant dumps hazardous waste into a forest surrounding the town, people begin dying in increasingly gruesome ways. No one can pinpoint the source of the deaths until the EPA investigates; the forests' roots were mutated due to the waste, causing them to kill and eat people. The plants attempt to break loose, however the EPA bulldozes the plants, killing them, but leaving the possibility that some plants may have survived.
- Mary Sellers as Josie
- Jason Saucier as Matt
- Bubba Reeves as Taylor
- Chelsi Stahr as Susan
- Vince O' Neil as Sheriff
Originally slated for a U.S. theatrical release in 1990, the film ended up as a straight-to-video release in 1993 by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. It is also available for DVD rental through Netflix under its alternate name, Contamination .7. Scream Factory (under license from MGM Home Entertainment) has released the film on DVD for the first time along with The Dungeonmaster, Catacombs & Cellar Dweller in a 4 Horror Movie Marathon collection on October 29, 2013. On April 18, 2017, the film received a US and Canadian blu-ray release by Scream Factory, again under the title "Contamination .7".
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