Troll 2 (1990)

95 mins | Horror | 12 October 1990

Director:

Drake Floyd

Writer:

Drake Floyd

Cinematographer:

Giancarlo Ferrando

Editor:

Vania Friends

Production Designer:

Max Slowing

Production Company:

Filmirage
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HISTORY

The word “troll” is never used in Troll 2. The creatures are “goblins,” and the name of the town in which they live is Nilbog, which is goblin spelled backwards. In fact, according to the 13 May 2010 NYT, Troll 2 has no “sanctioned connection” to Troll (1986, see entry). The filmmakers titled it Goblin for its Europe release, but the film’s American distributor retitled it Troll 2 to capitalize on the earlier film’s modest reputation.
       The 16 Mar 2007 Salt Lake City Tribune reported that director Claudio Fragasso and screenwriter wife Rosella Drudi “arrived in Utah in the summer of 1989 with a crew of chain-smoking Italians and a script translated from Italian into awkward English.” Fragasso cast the movie with local actors, most without professional experience, and filmed for a month. The UT locations included Porterville (the “Waits” house), Heber City (the “Presents” farm), and Morgan (the town of “Nilbog”). There were no dressing room trailers for the actors and catered food was usually pizza. The film’s star, a Salt Lake City dentist named George Hardy, who portrayed “Michael Waits,” was paid $1,500. The Italian crew reportedly left before filming was completed, and the actors wondered if the picture would ever be released. Troll 2 appeared a few years later on late-night cable television and on home video. By 2003, when MGM released it with Troll as a double-feature DVD, Troll 2 had already become an underground cult movie.
       Many of those credited in the film are aliases. Writer/director Drake Floyd is both Claudio Fragasso and Rossella ... More Less

The word “troll” is never used in Troll 2. The creatures are “goblins,” and the name of the town in which they live is Nilbog, which is goblin spelled backwards. In fact, according to the 13 May 2010 NYT, Troll 2 has no “sanctioned connection” to Troll (1986, see entry). The filmmakers titled it Goblin for its Europe release, but the film’s American distributor retitled it Troll 2 to capitalize on the earlier film’s modest reputation.
       The 16 Mar 2007 Salt Lake City Tribune reported that director Claudio Fragasso and screenwriter wife Rosella Drudi “arrived in Utah in the summer of 1989 with a crew of chain-smoking Italians and a script translated from Italian into awkward English.” Fragasso cast the movie with local actors, most without professional experience, and filmed for a month. The UT locations included Porterville (the “Waits” house), Heber City (the “Presents” farm), and Morgan (the town of “Nilbog”). There were no dressing room trailers for the actors and catered food was usually pizza. The film’s star, a Salt Lake City dentist named George Hardy, who portrayed “Michael Waits,” was paid $1,500. The Italian crew reportedly left before filming was completed, and the actors wondered if the picture would ever be released. Troll 2 appeared a few years later on late-night cable television and on home video. By 2003, when MGM released it with Troll as a double-feature DVD, Troll 2 had already become an underground cult movie.
       Many of those credited in the film are aliases. Writer/director Drake Floyd is both Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi; art director Max Slowing is Massimo Lentini; associate producer David Hills is Joe D’Amato; and editor Vania Friends is Vanio Amici.
       Michael Stephenson, who portrayed “Joshua Waits,” made a 2009 documentary called Best Worst Movie. He found most of the film’s leading actors and attended several Troll 2 film festivals, including a return to Morgan, UT, where the “Nilbog” scenes were filmed. The star of the documentary is George Hardy (“Michael Waits”), the dentist with a theatrical flair who enjoys being in the limelight of a film celebrated for being “so bad it’s good” and “the worst movie ever made.” Among the other participants attending the Troll 2 festivals are director Claudio Fragasso, who claims the movie is much better than fans give it credit for; his wife, Rossella Drudi, who claims she wrote the screenplay as a parody of vegetarianism; Don Packard, who portrayed Nilbog’s creepy store owner while on day passes from a sanitarium; Robert Ormsby (“Grandpa Seth”); and Connie McFarland (“Holly Waits”). The actors learned about the release of Troll 2 from other people who saw the original videotape released in the early 1990s, and were appalled when they first saw it. However, most came to accept the film as a “camp” treasure after a Sep 2007 screening in New York City attracted national press. Several actors discuss how the cast and the director were barely able to communicate on set because of the language barrier, and were not allowed to fix Drudi’s awkward dialogue. Fragasso at times becomes annoyed when fans and cast members celebrate the film’s incompetence, and at one point heckles the actors from the audience during a question-and-answer forum. Most fans agree that the charm and humor of Troll 2 is the amateur actors’ sincerity in the midst of the film’s ridiculousness. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Los Angeles Times
9 Aug 2007
Calendar, p. 11
Los Angeles Times
31 Oct 2009
Calendar, p. 5
Macleans
7 Apr 2008
p. 64
New York Times
13 May 2010
Section C, p. 1
The Salt Lake City Tribune
16 Mar 2007.
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The Salt Lake City Tribune
19 Jun 2008.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Filmirage presents
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst cam
Still photog
Grip
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Negative cutter
Negative cutter
Negative cutter
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orig mus score by
Mus pub
SOUND
Soundman
Foley walker
Sd transfers
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles & opt eff
MAKEUP
Make-up by
Asst make-up
SFX make-up asst
SFX make-up asst
SFX make-up asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod coord
Asst prod
Loc mgr
Stock footage provided by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col timer
Processing & Post prod services by
Negative
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Goblins
Release Date:
12 October 1990
Production Date:
began summer 1989
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
95
Country:
United States
Languages:
Italian, English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Grandpa Seth reads to his grandson, Joshua Waits, about Peter, a young man who encounters a beautiful girl in a forest. When Peter drinks the green liquid she offers, he transforms into a vegetable and is eaten by goblins. Joshua’s mother, Diana Waits, asks who Joshua is talking to, and reminds him that Grandpa Seth died six months earlier. She tells him to go to sleep because tomorrow they begin their vacation. After checking on her daughter, Holly, Diana goes downstairs, where her husband, Michael Waits, telephones a business associate that his family will be in “Nilbog” for a month. Diana worries about Joshua talking to his grandfather, and asks what goblins are. Upstairs, Holly Waits informs her boyfriend, Elliott Cooper, that her family is doing “an exchange” with a farming family in Nilbog. Elliott asks to come with them, but she agrees only if he leaves behind his three goofy friends, Arnold, Drew, and Brent. However, when Elliott fails to show up the next morning, Michael Waits insists the family leave without him. Meanwhile, Elliott and his three friends head for Nilbog on their own in a camper. During the ride, Joshua Waits falls asleep and dreams that he becomes a plant and his parents turn into goblins. He awakens screaming, “Don’t eat me!” When Joshua sees Grandpa Seth standing on the road, he tells his father he has to vomit. Michael stops, and Joshua runs to Grandpa Seth, who warns they must turn back. Later, the Waits family drives past Elliott and his friends standing outside their camper. Holly makes a finger gesture, but says nothing to her parents. Arriving in Nilbog, the family sees no people ... +


Grandpa Seth reads to his grandson, Joshua Waits, about Peter, a young man who encounters a beautiful girl in a forest. When Peter drinks the green liquid she offers, he transforms into a vegetable and is eaten by goblins. Joshua’s mother, Diana Waits, asks who Joshua is talking to, and reminds him that Grandpa Seth died six months earlier. She tells him to go to sleep because tomorrow they begin their vacation. After checking on her daughter, Holly, Diana goes downstairs, where her husband, Michael Waits, telephones a business associate that his family will be in “Nilbog” for a month. Diana worries about Joshua talking to his grandfather, and asks what goblins are. Upstairs, Holly Waits informs her boyfriend, Elliott Cooper, that her family is doing “an exchange” with a farming family in Nilbog. Elliott asks to come with them, but she agrees only if he leaves behind his three goofy friends, Arnold, Drew, and Brent. However, when Elliott fails to show up the next morning, Michael Waits insists the family leave without him. Meanwhile, Elliott and his three friends head for Nilbog on their own in a camper. During the ride, Joshua Waits falls asleep and dreams that he becomes a plant and his parents turn into goblins. He awakens screaming, “Don’t eat me!” When Joshua sees Grandpa Seth standing on the road, he tells his father he has to vomit. Michael stops, and Joshua runs to Grandpa Seth, who warns they must turn back. Later, the Waits family drives past Elliott and his friends standing outside their camper. Holly makes a finger gesture, but says nothing to her parents. Arriving in Nilbog, the family sees no people on the street, but after they pass, citizens peer from inside a store window. At the farmhouse, the Waits meet the Presents family of four, and Joshua notices they all have little clover-leaf growths on their faces. As the farming family drives off in a pickup truck, the Presents boy tosses Joshua a softball with green handwritten letters that read: “Eat before we eat you.” The dining room table is set, and the Waits family sits down to eat. Grandpa Seth beckons Joshua from a window and warns that if the family eats the food, they will end up like Peter in the goblin story. Grandpa snaps his fingers to stop time for everyone except Joshua. Seeing the food smothered with green goo, Joshua jumps on a chair and opens the fly of his trousers. As time switches back into motion, everyone is angry at Joshua for urinating on the food, and Michael confines him to a bedroom. Meanwhile, Arnold, Drew, and Brent ask Elliott the whereabouts of all the Nilbog girls he promised. As they watch television, Arnold goes outside. He sees Cindy, a young woman, running through the woods and tackles her. Several goblins approach, and when Arnold orders them away, one creature throws a spear into his shoulder. Arnold and Cindy run to a church, but inside is a bed, a couple of large stones, and bubbling beakers of liquid. The owner appears and announces herself as Creedence Leonore Gielgud, a Druid whose ancestors came from Stonehenge, England. Creedence offers a green broth made from tree sap and vegetables, but Cindy chokes when she drinks it. Green fluid pours from her forehead, she turns into vegetable matter, and goblins rush into the room and eat her. Realizing he is next, Arnold screams, but cannot move. Elsewhere, when Holly sees the face of Grandpa Seth calling out to Joshua in the mirror of her room, she runs to her parents. Joshua agrees to change bedrooms with her. Alone, the boy calls to Grandpa Seth, who reappears in the mirror and warns him that the family must leave, because Nilbog is “the kingdom of the goblins.” In the morning, as Elliott’s friend, Drew, jogs toward Nilbog to get food, Sheriff Gene Freak gives him a ride and hands the young man a sandwich with green stuff inside. The sheriff drops Drew off at the Nilbog general store, but the owner sells him only milk because Nilbog citizens are vegetarians. Groggy from the sandwich, Drew stumbles outside among townspeople. One man directs him to a church and tells him his friend, Arnold, is waiting there. At the farmhouse, Diana Waits discovers there is no food except bottles of “Nilbog Milk,” but it has curdled, so Michael and Joshua drive to the general store. Finding nobody there, they wait outside. Joshua looks in the van side mirror, notices the mirror image of the Nilbog sign, and realizes it spells “Goblin” backwards. Seeing that his father is asleep in a rocking chair, Joshua investigates the town on his skateboard. Meanwhile, Drew stumbles home through the forest, but when he drinks the milk, it sickens him. Meanwhile, Creedence Leonore Gielgud arrives at the farmhouse without knocking, introduces herself to Diana Waits, and offers a green-covered pastry. In town, Joshua enters a building and sees Preacher Bells delivering a sermon about the evils of meat to a dozen townspeople. The Presents family is among them. When Joshua accidentally makes a noise, the preacher grabs him. The townspeople transform into goblins and offer dessert made from Nilbog milk, but as Joshua’s screams bring his father, they return to human form before Michael Waits enters the room. He is surprised the Presents are still in town, but Mr. Presents claims they had car trouble. After Michael leaves with Joshua, Preacher Bells tells the others to wait until night. On the way back to the farm, Michael and Joshua see Holly with Elliott Cooper and Brent outside the camper. Michael tells Holly to get in the van, and makes Elliott choose between her and Brent. Elliott decides to join the Waits family. Meanwhile, Drew enters Creedence’s church and discovers that Arnold has been planted in a flowerpot, with branches growing out of him. Drew tries to drag the pot out of the church, but Creedence arrives and knocks him unconscious. After cutting up Arnold with a chainsaw, she fixes Drew a green milkshake. Michael, Holly, Joshua, and Elliott return to the farmhouse and find townspeople playing musical instruments and preparing a feast. Joshua warns his family they are goblins, but Michael sends him to his room. When Joshua calls Grandpa Seth in the mirror, Creedence materializes instead and leaps into the room in the form of a goblin, followed by Grandpa Seth. As he cuts off her right hand with an axe, she disappears into the mirror and arrives back in her church in human form. Her right hand is gone, but it grows back. Grandpa Seth gives Joshua a bottle filled with gasoline and takes him outside, but as the boy prepares to light the wick, Preacher Bells grabs the bottle. However, Grandpa Seth shoots a lightning bolt that explodes the gasoline and sets Bells on fire. Michael Waits runs outside with a fire extinguisher, but Bells’s charred corpse has reverted to goblin form. Sheriff Freak announces they are all goblins, and the Waits family and Elliott run into the house and lock the doors. Creedence conjures darkness over the town, and the goblins surround the farmhouse, swearing to kill the family if they do not eat the green food. Holly suggests the family holds a séance to contact Grandpa. Meanwhile, Creedence arrives at the camper, looking sexy. She offers Brent an ear of corn, and when he tells her he loves popcorn, she puts the cob in his mouth and bites into it from the other side. Popcorn pops and fills the camper. Elsewhere, the Waits family conducts a séance. Lights dim, lightning crashes outside, and candles gutter as wind enters the house. Grandpa Seth’s voice tells them he can stay only until six o’clock, and then he will disappear forever. They must destroy the magic stone that gives the goblins their power. As Joshua slumps over, unconscious, goblins rush into the house, forcing the family to flee upstairs without him. Joshua awakens in Creedence’s church. When a goblin attacks him, Grandpa Seth knocks it unconscious. He gives Joshua a leather bag and tells him to use its contents when all else fails. He also shows Joshua the Stonehenge stone and shows him how to lay hands upon it, think good thoughts, and defeat the goblins with the power of goodness. Meanwhile, as Creedence leaves Brent covered in popcorn, she sees in the camper mirror that something is sucking away her youth and making her ugly. Elsewhere, goblins close in on the Waits family, but hearing Creedence’s scream, they disappear. The goblins and Creedence reappear at the church, grab Joshua, and try to force-feed him gooey green food. Reaching into the leather bag, Joshua pulls out a “double-decker” balogna sandwich and bites into it, sickening the vegetarian goblins. As the Waits family and Elliott Cooper rush in, Joshua tells them to put their hands on the Stonehenge stone and concentrate on good thoughts. The goblins and Creedence dissolve into green goo. The Waits family returns home with Elliott. Michael must leave for his office, and Holly leaves with Elliott. Diana and Joshua enter the house alone. Diana eats an apple from the refrigerator and decides to take a shower, while Joshua retires to his room. Hearing whispering voices, he goes downstairs, but a softball bounces down the steps behind him, with the words “Yummy! Mom is so good” written on it. In the kitchen, Joshua finds the goblin Presents family eating the vegetable remains of his mother. One goblin offers Joshua a bite, and he screams.

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