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TROLL - 1 Slime
Rated PG-13
Copyright 1985 Atar Productions Inc.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Harry Jr. - Noah Hathaway! (Atreju from "The NeverEnding Story.") Young lad who loves b-movies, but is mortally afraid of his sister.
  • Wendy - Harry's sister, she spends most of the film locked in a magical prison while the Troll uses her form as a disguise.
  • Eunice St. Clair - June Lockhart! (The younger version is her daughter, Anne Lockhart.) Ancient sorceress and protector of the human realm, turned into a talking tree stump for a while.
  • Malcolm - Phil Fondacaro! The only person shorter than Wendy, dying of Leukemia until the Troll transforms him into an elf.
  • Harry Sr. and Anne - Michael Moriarty is the father! Harry and Wendy's parents who wish everyone would just act normal.
  • Peter - Sonny Bono! A self described swinger who hates children, he's the first one turned into a troll. (One with the woodlands...)
  • Bill and Jeanette - She is none other than Julia Louis-Dreyfus! The Troll makes her into a forest nymph and him into something suitably slimy.
  • Barry - He used to be a Marine, of course he still wears dark sunglasses, brass belts, and green t-shirts. Turned into a troll.
  • The Troll - Magical creature who wishes to repopulate the world with elves, fairies, and such.

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The Plot: 

There are so few opportunities to watch Julie Louis-Dreyfus run around wearing ivy (And only ivy.) that you have to take notice of this film. When the Potters move into a new apartment they never dream what will happen next, their daughter Wendy is soon replaced by a malevolent troll! The capricious creature enjoys confusing Harry or Anne with strange antics, almost to the point of neglecting it's true goal. Slowly and surely it uses a magical ring to turn the other apartments into magical forests, each one populated by the transformed inhabitants. Harry Jr. takes pains to avoid his sister, mainly since she is beating him up, (Really not good for the budding male psyche - getting thrown around by your little sister.) so he befriends Eunice. She gives him a magical spear to defeat the Troll's minions, good thing since she fares poorly against them. In a bizarre twist ending the Troll foils his own plans, plunging the magical spear into the guardian beast to save Wendy's life. There is even one more twist ending involving a police officer and the laundry room, but we won't go into that. A final word in the movie's defense: there are lots of sock puppets, you have to love sock puppets...

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Sonny Bono looks quite natural in a wife beater t-shirt.
  • Modern parents have problems dealing with kids who watch Godzilla movies.
  • The late and great Mr. Bono was terrible in bed.
  • Loud music only affects plates.
  • Midgets don't like chocolate milk.
  • Puberty changes the way a boy knocks, in addition to his voice.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus is really a dryad.
  • Old women are confusing. Old women carrying spears are confusing and dangerous.
  • Apartment buildings make excellent greenhouses.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • Opening Credits - Charles Band, with a budget no less, oh hell...
  • 7 mins - Yes, yes, we notice the ring.
  • 11 mins - This is a mad house! A mad house!
  • 28 mins - What did I do to deserve this scene?
  • 32 mins - Harry Jr. has a pretty fruity room for a teenage male.
  • 37 mins - So trolls just sit around singing all day?
  • 45 mins - How exactly does that little mushroom thing get around?
  • 59 mins - He actually made Malcolm shorter, now that is powerful magic.
  • 71 mins - Talk about anti-climatic battles.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note troll1.wav Harry Jr: "Can I come in, I think I'm going to throw up."
Eunice: "How can I resist an offer like that?"
Green Music Note troll2.wav Wendy: "Are you an elf?"
Green Music Note troll3.wav Eunice: "Harry, your sister isn't an alien. She's something much worse."
Green Music Note troll4.wav Troll: "Welcome, brother elf."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Video Cliptroll1.mpg - 2.0m
The Troll Chorus.

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Reply #1. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Michael Reichert
I remember watching this movie all the time, when i was a kid. I LOVED IT!!   But now (15 years later) when i convinced my friend into renting it, he threatened to kick my ass. He says i still owe him the 4 bucks he wasted on " That stupid ass movie". whatever..... i still like it.
especially that catchy troll song.
Reply #2. Posted on March 16, 2000, 08:23:02 AM by
Oh YES!  This was the movie that got me started on B-movies.  <sigh> so many memories...excuse me while i wipe this tear from my eye.
Reply #3. Posted on March 16, 2000, 09:15:12 PM by Nicollette
I couldn't help but notice that one of the pictures from the film is none other than Michael Moriarty of 'Law & Order' fame. I think he also starred in 'Return to Salem's Lot' and 'It's Alive 3'. Go Figure.
Reply #4. Posted on March 19, 2000, 05:50:58 PM by Brandon
It's one of thoes classic "It's so bad it's good"
movies. I saw this on Monstervision a few years
back. It was high comedy to watch TV has beens
like Gary Sandy(who plays the right wing nut) and
Brad Hall(who plays Julia-Louise husband in the
movie and in real life) in this film. Am I the
only one who though JLD was kinda hot when she was
prancing around in the forrest as the nymph?
Man,why did MST3K never do thi
Reply #5. Posted on May 11, 2000, 09:07:15 PM by Don
Admittedly I'm a fan, but I think Noah Hathaway is the only one doing any actual acting -- the others appear to be wishing they were somewhere else. Further, what I find interesting is that, although Noah's name is first as the opening credits scroll by, his name is nowhere to be found on the VHS tape box.
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by ragnar
This movie si SCARY as hell.  I recommend getting it NOW! No get 30 of them. They will be collectors items! f**kin awesome flick!

DOnt listen to This movie is GREAT!
Reply #7. Posted on July 09, 2000, 07:45:46 PM by Liz
Ok, I haven't seen the movie but I watched that little clip of the "Troll Chorus" and honestly, I don't think I'd live through the opening credits of this one!
Reply #8. Posted on August 01, 2000, 04:00:29 PM by
Troll is such a great classic scary childrens' flick, it shouldn't be rediculed whatsoever for its old-style mid-eighties film-making techniques.  Sure, this was 1985...and what did Troll have to live up to besides the Goonies and Ferris Bueller's Day Off?  It was a task in itself to create the plant animation near the end (compare this animation, if you will, to the basic clay/wire structure animation like in the film "Clash of the Titans")  Anyway, what it comes down to is this:  When you're five, six, seven or so years old, this is THE scariest movie you can watch.  I was five when this film came out on HBO.  I taped it.  I am not so sure that in this day of computer animation and advanced film-making techniques, Troll would make such an impression on any child, however, in the 1980s this would surely induce rash nightmares and fears in the minds of any youngster.  Another fact remains that the acting techniques of these actors (and I do agree they do not seem to want to commit to the film's success at all in the movie), yes, these actors' techiniques I should say, are not noticable and the smallest flaw would never be noticed by a youngster who is caught up in the film's dramatics (trolls, plants overtaking modern complexes, midgets).  I am certain this film would be a seller for DVD production.  Look into it.
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