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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 #33. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Rob
I had always wanted to see Troll as a little kid but my folks never let me. So I finally rented it and found it to be a mildly enjoyable but typical Charles Band flick with some slightly A-list actors(Moriarty is very good). I got a kick out of the fact that our hero's name was Harry Potter!

The effects are done by John Carl Buechler, who is the B-movie special effects artist who created the creatures for Ghoulies and Carnosaur amongst others. His creations are just too rubbery and silly to be threatening, cute or likable. I couldn't help compare this film in some ways to Jim Henson's Labrynth, though Labrynth came out a few years later. The Troll in some ways reminded me of a hook-nosed pot bellied brother of Labrynth's Hoggle. Of course, comparing the mediocre puppetry of Troll to Jim Henson's genius is probably a bit offensive(RIP)
Reply #34. Posted on February 08, 2006, 07:40:28 AM by
this movie is a classic, troll all the way, i also liked troll 2, i bought the 2 disc features.. great quailty worth the buy. wish they make a troll 3 , it would kick!! troll bring back so many memories.. good acting and good music
Reply #35. Posted on February 20, 2006, 03:56:22 PM by IT
I hated this movie when I saw it as a teenager and I still hate it now.The movie tried to ripoff the much better GREMLINS but failed.The puppet effects were horrible.A real loser of a film.
Reply #36. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Max Alan Zoller
Funny is the word for it, you can't help loving those putrid puppets and drug-addict song. And the witch. A lot of what had to be said on this board has been said but...
I'm surprised that this site doesn't have "The Garbage Pail Kids" movie. Not only this film is awful but, if you look at the basement scenes by the staircase you can see...the troll painting from Troll! 100% sure. I suppose that couldn't go to waste!
Reply #37. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Ganj
This film is amazing.  I first had the "pleasure" of viewing it in 1987 when I was five years old.  It used to scare the s**t outta me, what with the puppets singing and whatnot.

Now, I cannot help but die laughing everytime I watch this gem of a movie.  

Reply #38. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by lee
This film is an absolute barrel of laughs! You cant help but love it. The cheap as s**t effects, crappy script, and not forgetting the singing puppets! This is what the 80's was all about. God bless troll!
Re: Troll
Reply #39. Posted on November 25, 2007, 04:01:34 PM by thomas brooks

im going to say one or two things, troll rrrroooooccckkkksss. this movie brings back so many memoorys,  Thumbup, its so lovly as whel, the little cretures are so life like, but i must say if your going to buy a film that will scer the hello out e you, this is the film to buy, TROLL.
Re: Troll
Reply #40. Posted on March 20, 2008, 05:31:07 PM by HarlotBug3
Last night: Troll
Tonight: Troll 2

I recognized J L D (though I didn't know her suprisingly doofy-looking husband played the part of her 'suitor') but didn't recognize Atreyu. Maybe that's because...


Yes, he did, and you know it. The director of neverendingstory was obviously giving him something he didn't have here.

But here we have a prime example of 80s cheese, both painfully and joyfully dated in every way. I wonder if it was ever interpreted as an attempt to demonize environmentalists? There seemed a focused effort to make the troll seem 'at peace,' almost benevolent, whenever it was able to bring over some more of its world.
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