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Film information

Directed by

John Carl Buechler

Produced by

Albert Band

Written by

Ed Naha

Story by

John Carl Buechler (uncredited)

Starring

Noah Hathaway
Michael Moriarty
Shelley Hack
Jenny Beck
Sonny Bono
June Lockhart

Music by

Richard Band

Cinematography

Romano Albani

Distributed by

Empire Pictures

Language

English

Gross Revenue

$5,450,815[1]

Troll is a 1986 cult dark fantasy film directed by John Carl Buechler. It is followed by Troll 2 and Troll 3.

PlotEdit

The film begins with the Potter family moving into a new apartment complex in San Francisco. While unpacking, their young daughter Wendy is attacked by a grotesque little creature, who had long ago been transformed from a powerful wizard into a troll. Using a magic crystal green ring, it captures Wendy and possesses her form. After meeting the other eccentric tenants, the family notices Wendy's unusual behavior (roaring, biting, tossing people across rooms, punching people in the groin), but they attribute her behavior to the stress of the move. The only one that notices something is terribly wrong is Wendy's brother, Harry Potter Jr. (Noah Hathaway).

Frightened by his sister's sudden and violent changes, he seeks solace in the company of a mysterious old lady, named Eunice St. Clair (June Lockhart), who lives upstairs. When he tells her of the strange goings-on, she reveals to him her real profession: a witch. Harry asks Eunice to teach him magic, but she says that there isn't time. She does instruct him as to the ways of a hidden magical world, and tells him of her long history stretching back to a time when she and a powerful wizard named Torok were in love. At that time the world was divided between fairies, which includes trolls, and humans. The realms were equal and independent of each other; however, Torok and some of the fairies challenged this balance resulting in a great war in which the humans prevailed. Torok was transformed into a troll as punishment. Eunice stands guard, as she has for centuries now in her apartment, waiting patiently for Torok to challenge the realms again, which is happening now. The troll wizard has already begun his secret war, going from apartment to apartment, attacking the tenants and transforming them into mythical creatures according to their personalities, such as goblins, nymphs, an elf and a bugbear, and it transforms their rooms into lush fairy worlds. When every apartment is transformed the world of the fairies will burst forth into the world of the humans.

Harry is told by Eunice that Torok can be stopped by plunging a magic staff into the heart of Torok's world. Eunice tells Harry the heart of the new fairy world will be a large and vicious magical creature. Armed with magic staffs which shoot bolts of energy, Eunice and Harry launch a final attempt to stop Torok's hostile takeover of the world and enter the troll's magical alternate universe. Eunice is attacked by Torok and turned into a tree stump, and Harry finds his sister trapped in a coffin of glass à la Snow White. Suddenly Torok's great bat monster attacks and disables Harry. When it goes after Wendy, Torok kills it, destroying his carefully constructed fairy realm. As the magic world collapses around them, Harry and his family are given a chance to escape, leaving just as the police arrive. As the police investigate the house, one of them is drawn into a remaining fragment of the alternate fairy world.

CastEdit

Box office and receptionEdit

The estimated budget for Troll was between $700,000 and $1.1 million.[citation needed] Troll opened in the U.S. on January 19, 1986 on 959 screens making $2,595,054 that weekend. The film placed ninth on the box office charts for opening weekend. The film was poorly received by critics, including Janet Maslin, Patricia Smith, and Alan Carter. Rex Reed had a few positive comments, but was predominantly negative.[2] Despite the negative response, the film did become a cult classic and spawned its notorious but unrelated sequel Troll 2.

SequelsEdit

Main article: Troll 2

Troll's plot has no relation to the films Troll 2 or Troll 3, which are intended to be more horror than fantasy. Its first "sequel", Troll 2, is considered to be one of the worst films of all time.[3]

The films, Quest for the Mighty Sword (also known as Ator IV, Ator III: The Hobgoblin or Hobgoblins) and Creepers (also known as Contamination .7 or The Crawlers) both adopted Troll 3 as an alternate title despite also having no plot relation to previous Troll films.

Similarity to Harry PotterEdit

Since the release of the Harry Potter books starting in 1997, some of those involved in the film have accused J. K. Rowling of borrowing elements from Troll. The producer, Charles Band, stated in an interview that "there are certain scenes in Troll, not to mention the name of the main character, and this of course predates the Harry Potter books by many, many years. So there's that strange connection since both stories are about magic."[4] In 2008, John Buechler's partner in the Troll remake, Peter Davy, said about Harry Potter: "In John's opinion, he created the first Harry Potter. J. K. Rowling says the idea just came to her. John doesn't think so."[5]

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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