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Troll

Troll is a predictable, dim-witted premise executed for the most part with surprising style. Horror fantasy of a universe of trolls taking over a San Francisco apartment house is far-fetched even for this genre. Creatures designed by John Buechler, who also directed, are a repulsive assortment of hairy, fanged, evil-looking elves but the plot is pure shlock.

With:
Noah Hathaway Michael Moriarty Shelley Hack Jenny Beck Sonny Bono June Lockhart

Troll is a predictable, dim-witted premise executed for the most part with surprising style. Horror fantasy of a universe of trolls taking over a San Francisco apartment house is far-fetched even for this genre. Creatures designed by John Buechler, who also directed, are a repulsive assortment of hairy, fanged, evil-looking elves but the plot is pure shlock.

No sooner does the Potter family move into an ordinary looking building than the young daughter (Jenny Beck) is possessed by the troll. Where the film rises above the ordinary is in the domestic scenes when, thanks to her acquired personality, young Beck can flout all the conventions of how a good girl should act. Performances by the kids are convincing.

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Troll

Production: Empire. Director John Carl Buechler; Producer Albert Band; Screenplay Ed Naha; Camera Romana Albani; Editor Lee Percy; Music Richard Band; Art Director Gayle Simon

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 86 MIN.

With: Noah Hathaway Michael Moriarty Shelley Hack Jenny Beck Sonny Bono June Lockhart

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