When you think of watching a documentary, one doesn't immediately think of an infectiously fun, laugh riot kind of a time. I think most of us envision emotionally exhausting, somber films that tackle serious social issues. Best Worst Movie is not that kind of a documentary; not unless you consider the unpredictable resurgence of Troll 2 as a cult film a serious social issue -- no one considers Troll 2's newfound popularity a social issue, but, as Michael Stephenson's documentary has taught all who have seen it, there certainly is a growing legion of people who take it quite seriously.

I've never seen anything quite like Best Worst Movie, mainly because there's nothing quite like Troll 2. I love documentaries about horror films, but most of the time they're made by the fans and function as a sort of book report on the history of a film's fandom. BWM, on the other hand, is made by the very people who were involved with the original film (Stephenson was the child star of Troll 2) and is tackling a subject matter whose history has long swathes of nothing to report on. The result is an incredibly candid look at what it's like to have been involved with a something that people have spent over a decade trashing.

George Hardy, who played the endlessly quotable father in Troll 2, is essentially the star of the film. Stephenson picks up with Hardy's current life as a successful dentist in a small town in Alabama. Very few people know that in 1990 Hardy was a denizen of Nilbog, but a string of critical revival screenings has suddenly found Hardy face-to-face with movie star fandom for the first time in his life. Things start small, a Q&A here, an appearance there, but as the film's popularity grows so to does the spotlight.
categories Reviews, Horror