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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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The Troll Chorus.

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Reply #17. Posted on June 18, 2001, 08:35:39 PM by Stefan Robak
Did you notice Gary Sandy as Barrty in this film.  He used to be Andy Travis on WKRP!
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by DR.T
The movie was pretty good, I mean I couldnt say it was bad.
The movie gave me the creeps when I was much younger but it was good and Noah Hathaway is a pretty cool actor.
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Gallow
 There was a time when all my older brother would have to do is start singing the Troll Chorus and I'd start screaming and covering my ears. This was because it scared the HELL out of me. I STILL recall a nightmare or two with that little bastard in it. It didn't help that we just moved into a new house and my room was all dark wood paneled with cubby spaces in all the walls(It was a Cape Cod style home, if you know what I mean. Basically, it was this dark room with crawlspaces behind all the walls. Perfect size for the Trolls or their cousins the Ghoulies to come scampering through and get me in my sleep. I was young enough to be paranoid of the trolls in the walls and just old enough to know if I pull the covers over my head, they'd just have to chew a little more before they killed me. *L*
   Because of this, I now hold this movie dear to my heart, as shabby as it was. In fact it wasn't until I started grabbing Full Moon movies from the video store every weekend that I even discovered that Charles Band was behind it. Makes PERFECT sense though. This is STILL one of his best. I can't help but laugh at how I was once scared SH*TLESS by some of the most inarticulate puppets I've ever seen! I mean, how often do their heads and jaws shift in opposite directions because the puppeteer isn't moving his thumb back to the right spot after every word? I think THAT might be what made them extra disturbing to me. Dislocatable jaws! *L* Anyways it'll only cost a buck to rent at Blockbuster, so go grab it. Share the love.
 P.S. : Sonny Bono gets torn open by trees in this movie. Years later he gets torn open by trees in real life! Coincidence? READ THE BOOK.
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Hannibal Smith
This movie rules!!! The troll chorus is reaaalllyy adicting! It's been stuck in my head for 7 years!! But i love it! Also Sonny Bono's greatest quote "Hooolyy *$@%!" it was a truley funny moment.
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Dano
A friend Brad told me to rent this because Elaine From Seinfeld (which is that woman's name as far as I am concerned) was naked in it.  I rented it and watched every last minute.  I remain unclear on exactly what Brad's definition of "naked" is, but it differs from mine in several respects.  
Reply #22. Posted on September 10, 2002, 11:19:03 PM by Thorn495
I think this movie should score better than Troll 2 also.  The trolls singing is awesome.  I recorded that portion of the movie to a tape and sung along to it in my car.  Eventually I bought the soundtrack from someone who makes copies of out of print records.  Cantos Profanae.  Anyways, colorful movie.  Perfect and scary for 12 and under.  
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by James Perry
Hatthaway probably killed his acting career with this flick...thank God!  But who comes off NeverEnding Story and makes something like this?  Seriously, he not a half bad acter.  Should've fired his agent.

The little girl is actually a gem!  She had a lot to do and comes off real creepy.  Especially funny as she's abusing her brother.  

Watch it for Julia...just like the review said.  The thumb dance from Seinfeld had nothing on this!  

Sonny Bono?!  If Cher hadn't divorced him already she would've after this...God rest his soul!

Moriary, I've heard, is a good actor.  ???  That scene about the rat burgers makes me cringe every time!  "Don't call em rat burgers in front of the kids..."  I wanna slap that lady!!  

So...why am I buying the DVD Troll/Troll 2 double feature coming out (or OUT) August 2003?  Because these films are a hoot!  The second one, I hear, is in a whole different catagory of badness...I can't wait!
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Austin
Atreju was a much better character, even though he was a whiner.  I remember this one from WAY back, and I had been waiting to watch it again for years until a few months ago.  It definitely wasn't as good as I remember it.  You know.  Same situation as when everything seems bigger to you as a five year old.
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