Troll (film)


Troll (film)

Infobox Film
name = Troll


image_size =
caption = Japanese poster
director = John Carl Buechler
producer = Albert Band
writer = Ed Naha
narrator =
starring = Noah Hathaway Michael Moriarty Shelley Hack Jenny Beck Sonny Bono June Lockhart
music = Richard Band
cinematography = Romano Albani
editing = Lee Percy
distributor = Empire Pictures
released = January 17, 1986
runtime = 86 min.
country = USA ITA
language = English
budget =
website =
amg_id = 1:51053
imdb_id = 0092115

"Troll" is a 1986 horror film. It has no relation to the movies "Troll 2" and "Troll 3".

ynopsis

The film begins with the Potter family moving into a new apartment complex. While unpacking, their young daughter Wendy is attacked by a troll inexplicably living in the basement. Using an emerald ring, it captures Wendy in it and transforms into her. After meeting the other eccentric tenants, the family notices Wendy's unusual behavior (roaring, biting, tossing people across rooms...) but attributes her behavior to the stress of the move. The only one that notices something is terribly wrong is Harry Potter Jr. (Noah Hathaway). Frightened by his sister's sudden violent changes, he seeks solace in the company of a mysterious old lady, named Eunice St. Clair (June Lockhart), who lives upstairs. When he begins to tell her of the strange goings-on, she reveals to him her real profession: a witch. Harry asks Eunice to teach him magic, but she says that there isn't time. She tells him of her long history stretching back to the time of magic, when she and a man named Torok fell in love. However, the balance of the realms of magic and men where challenged by Torok in a great war and he was punished to be forever transformed into a troll. Eunice stands guard at this apartment, waiting patiently for Torok to challenge the realms again, and that is what is going on now. The troll had already began going room to room, attacking the tenants and hideously transforming them into mythical creatures according to their personalities, resembling goblins, nymphs, an elf and a bugbear, and their rooms into lush fairy worlds. In a final attempt to stop Torok's hostile takeover of the apartment complex, Eunice and Harry enter the troll's magical alternative world. Eunice is attacked by Torok and turned into a tree stump and Harry find his sister trapped in a coffin of glass a la Snow White. Suddenly Torok's great bat monster attacks, disabling Harry. When it goes after Wendy, Torok kills it, destroying his carefully constructed fairy realm. As the magic world collapses around them, Harry and his family are given a chance to escape, leaving just as the police arrive. As the police investigate the house, one of them is drawn into a remaining fragment of the alternative fairy world, setting up for the unrelated sequel.

imilarities to the "Harry Potter" series of books and films

This is a quote from an interview with producer Charles Band:

Interviewer: "It's bizarre, isn't it? You have a young boy named Harry Potter who discovers that he has magical powers and uses them to fight a troll."

Charles Band: "I've heard that JK Rowling has acknowledged that maybe she saw this low-budget movie and perhaps it inspired her. Who knows what the story is? Life's too short for a fight as far as I'm concerned but, having said that, there are certain scenes in that movie, not to mention the name of the main character, and this of course predates the Harry Potter books by many, many years. So there's that strange connection." [cite web|title=Charles Band interview with MJ Simpson|author=Paul Heath|title=Simpson (Part 2)|url=http://www.mjsimpson.co.uk/interviews/charlesbandb.html|accessdate=2008-06-10]

On April 14, 2008 John Buechler's partner in the Troll remake, Peter Davy, said about Harry Potter, “In John's opinion, he created the first Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling says the idea just came to her. John doesn't think so. There are a lot of similarities between the theme of her books and the original Troll. John was shocked when she came out with Harry Potter." [cite web|title=Helmer says he invented Harry Potter|author=Paul Heath|work=The Hollywood News|url=http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/artman2/publish/movie_news/Helmer_says_he_invented_Harry_Potter_21140408.php|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-10]

Cast

*This film features an appearance from a young Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
*Jenny Beck received a Young Artist Award nomination for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress, Supporting Role in a Feature Film - Comedy, Fantasy or Drama in 1987 for her role in Troll.
*One of the residents is named Peter Dickerson (Sonny Bono), named after the author of "The Flight of Dragons", Peter Dickinson.

Characters

*Peter Dickinson (Sonny Bono)
*Barry Ta(y)bor (Gary Sandy)
*Harry Potter Jr (Noah Hathaway)
*Harry Potter Sr (Michael Moriarty) "(a writer and book reviewer)"
*Wendy Anne Potter (Jenny Beck)
*Anne Potter (Shelley Hack)
*Malcolm Malory (Phil Fondacaro)
*Torok the troll(Phil Fondacaro) costume (Frank Welker) voice

Reception

"Troll" is featured in the 2004 DVD documentary, "The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made".

References

External links

* [http://www.mjsimpson.co.uk/interviews/charlesbandb.html Charles Band discusses the connection] between his creation of the Harry Potter character and JK Rowlings in an interview.
* [http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Troll-Remake-Gets-Official-5828.html Troll 2008 Remake with Harry Potter]


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