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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 #9. Posted on July 21, 2000, 03:57:29 AM by Mofo Rising
For some reason I had this one recorded when I was a kid.  I ended up watching it over. . . and over. . . and over.  (Hey, I was a kid.  It was either this or "Gotcha.")

Anyway, I couldn't help but notice that the main characters name just happens to be Harry Potter.  Looks like J.K. Rowlings has one more plagiarism lawsuit on her hands.

C'mon, this movie has Vohnkar in it.  Vohnkar!
Reply #10. Posted on August 22, 2000, 02:30:28 AM by Kelly
My parents owned a variety and video store for over 14 years, so I've had my share of bad movies.  When I was 9, my mother bought me a copy of Harry Medved and Randy Dreyfuss' book "The 50 Worst Films of All Time."  And so, my obsession for bad movies and movie trivia was born.  (Funny how, if you go back far enough, it's always your parents' fault, ain't it?)  When I was 13, my mom got "Troll" into the store, and when I found out it starred Noah Hathaway (who I thought was cute -- whaddaya want?  I was 13!  Hormones were raging!), I immediately grabbed it off the shelf for the night.  I will never forget the first time I saw this movie..."sigh" was almost...biblical.  I cannot describe the bliss with which I immersed myself into the tackiness of this puppetized "horror" movie.  "This," I thought to myself, "this is what B-movies are all about...and ya gotta love that catchy theme song!!"  The only part I didn't care for was the scene where Sonny Bono turns into that pod-like thingy that splits open and spurts out a forest.  That was kinda gross, but the rest was awesome!!  The way the troll began to care for Malcolm was a nice touch, and the fact that he hoped to save his friend's life by making him one of them was a lovely addition to the story -- made him a little more sympathetic, somehow...  It's actually been almost 12 (12!!) years since I saw this movie, but I still remember most of it, it had such an impact on me.  I HAD, however, completely forgotten about Julia-Louis Dreyfuss and her hubby, so thanks to this website and it's master for reminding me of that!  I loved this movie, and it still has a place in my heart.  I have yet been able to find a copy, but as soon as I do, it's MINE!!!  Btw, does anyone know the actually words of the theme song/troll chant??  Sounds something like derma silka train, joy, herba herba thwait, cream of corn...waitaminnit, that can't be right!!  Then again, in a movie this corny, perhaps it is...
Reply #11. Posted on August 31, 2000, 07:10:03 PM by Stupid Jacob
I love this movie. It's so lame, yet fun at the same time.
Reply #12. Posted on September 02, 2000, 05:19:36 PM by Megan
I thought troll was so stupid! But i had to laugh at it! IS it just me or is that mushroom cute??
Reply #13. Posted on September 12, 2000, 04:42:51 PM by Chris K.
You know, TROLL wasn't that bad. In fact it was not bad at all. TROLL 2, now that's a bad film! TROLL was produced by Charles Band's Empire Pictures. Band is well known for his straight-to-video Full Moon Pictures crap-a-thon films. However, Band did help co-produce both FROM BEYOND and RE-ANIMATOR which were his two successful films. TROLL at least has some good special effects. Trust me people, the CGI special effects of today are so laughably bad their not even funny. I laughed at THE MATRIX, the remake of THE HAUNTING, JURASSIC PARK, and JURASSIC PARK 2: THE LOST WORLD (such an innane title) because of the badly coordinated effects. Why did they not hire Ray Harryhausen to create some stop-motion dinosaurs for JURASSIC PARK! Comon Speilberg, Harryhausen is the master of special effects. Not George Lucas. Use common sence Mr. Speilberg. Well, at least the film TROLL tried to become a good film without using fancy-waste-of-money special effects. TROLL is good in my book, but stay away from TROLL 2.
Reply #14. Posted on February 27, 2001, 03:42:01 PM by The Warrior
This film absoloutely scared the hell out of me when I was a little kid!I was 4 when I rented it out and as soon Sonny transformed into a plant pod I went to bed!The last time I saw this was back in 1993 and havent seen it since but now im older I think Ill give it another chance because it looks hilarious.
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Scottie
This was such an odd experience for me. I picked up this movie a few months after seeing the HIDEOUS Trolls 2 (it took me a while to recuperate from the before mentioned movie) and I was immediately hit with two sensations
1.) Holy crap!! There's a "Hathaway" in this movie! My last name is also Hathaway!! (Creepy for me)

2.) Holy crap again!! The guy's name is Harry Potter!! (just plain weird)

So you see how I could already have formed some pretty good opinions about the movie. Well, I watched it, and I must say, I honestly and truly enjoyed this movie. I don't understand how it got this bad of a rating here. I thought it deserved a three. I really liked it that much. I think that you should rethink your position on Trolls 2 and give that a skull. I hated that movie. I have never seen worse acting in my entire life than from the little kid starring in that movie. He convinced me that if I ever make a movie, I will never give any kids speaking parts. Give Trolls 2 the skull and give Troll nothing less than 2 slimes. But then again, these are just my opinions.

Most of you out there probably whole-heartedly disagree with me. You probably want to tar and feather me for my comments on this movie. But, you can't really call me human if I don't have some firm opinions. Good night, good nite, tonight, tonite.

Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by DeimosUVA
Alright, I've read people's comments, and not one has picked up on the obvious drug connotations in this movie.  For started that old lady had shrooms in her apartment.  And they talked!!  Secondly, this movie should be called The Ganj Troll.  At least that's what my friends and I call this movie.  (Ganj being a slag for marijuana).  Anway, when the troll turns the first guy into all those plants (I think it was Sunny Bono) they all looke like marijuana leaves.  Then the room gets smokey.  Then all the little trolls start singing.  While I've never associated singing with smoking marijuana, maybe it's just a troll thing.  Every time the troll goes back to that room he has a stupid grin on his face.  When Julia Louis-Dreyfus starts running around, she is obviously blasted.  She's laughing like an idiot, smoke is everywhere, and she's wearing a weed bikini.  AND ALMOST ALL THE STUFF LOOKS LIKE MARIJUANA!!  And the song the ganj trolls sing is great.  Just great.  
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