DVD: Best Worst Movie

Best Worst Movie
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The 1990 film Troll 2 is considered by many as the worst movie of all time and the child star of the film, Michael Stephenson, takes a look at how the film went so wrong and eventually turned so right earning a cult following in his new documentary Best Worst Movie.  The film, which is really bad, isn’t the worst of all time but it certainly is incomprehensibly strange and unintentionally funny as proven in one of its trademark scenes in which goblins turn a woman into a plant and then eat her as a man screams “Oh My God!”  (the clip has seen more than 2 million hits on You Tube).

The documentary on the other hand is fascinating as it tells the story of the legions of fans who have come to celebrate the film and catches up with the cast, most of whom have all but forgotten the film, and exposes them to a new world of niche celebrity.  The cast and crew are a varied lot but overflowing with personality and always interesting, especially George Hardy, the charismatic dentist who played the father in the film and Claudio Fragasso, the passionate Italian director that still cannot bear with his film being called bad.  The documentary does a great job of illuminating the humanity in each of the former cast members as they deal with their lives in retrospect and the sudden fame that the resurgence of the film brings them.  The documentary wins over a crowd for much the same reason that the film became celebrated, its sincerity.

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About Tim Needles

Tim Needles is an artist, photographer, humorist, and writer from Long Island, NY. His writing and art work has been seen in multiple exhibitions and publications around New York as well as the Photographer’s Forum, French Photo, the New York Times, and LI Pulse magazine. He is also an educator and currently teaches art and film at Smithtown, NY and as an Education Leader for Adobe. He was recently the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award in Washington DC and serves as the director of Strictly Students, a non-for-profit group for media and education. His work can be seen on his website: www.timneedles.com
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