Troll (1986) Blu-ray re-release – Film Review
In August we brought you the news of the upcoming release of Troll the complete collection on Blu-ray courtesy of the Eureka Classics collection from Eureka Entertainment, so today I’m bringing you my review of Troll the first movie in the Blu-ray release.
The Potter family (including future Law & Order star Michael Moriarty as “Harry Potter” – No not that Potter) is about to find out there’s no place like home when a troublesome troll starts taking over their building, transforming each apartment into an overgrown garden of ancient evil and turning tenants into a horde of hairy hobgoblins.
The film starts with The Potter family moving into their new apartment and while they unpack their belongings, little Wendy (Jenny Beck, – Tightrope, V) heads to the cellar with her ball, where she is found by the Troll, the evil creature takes on the form of Wendy and all havoc is about to be unleashed on the apartment.
Troll is certainly one of those movies that we had lots in the 80s, with creepy creatures that were set on the path of evil in the world and creating gory scenes that back then we loved to see. Remember these are the days before any CGI and the special effects are physical effects with troll suites, puppetry, stop-frame animation and prosthetics to make actors faces bulge, pulsate and pop!
I have to say that I love the 80s movies and films such as Re-Animator and The Changeling set me on my way with a love for horror movies of the era and Troll was one of the movies that I had missed and now that it’s on Blu-ray it’s given me the chance to head back to those dizzy years of crazy films that would even get greenlit today in the world of Hollywood, but boy oh boy is it fun.
You really can’t take a film like Troll seriously, it’s just pure 80s fun, the creatures are brilliantly done and I love the puppetry in the film, such as Galwyn the mushroom in one of the apartments that has such a wonderfully cute, but terrifying, face on it. Maybe the movie isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, probably the kids that have grown up now with modern horrors with the overuse of blood and gore will find Troll very subdued, if not boring, but for me I love it, it’s just crazy and funny.
Troll Trivia: Sonny Bono was only available for a few days, so, during the second stage of his transformation sequence, makeup supervisor John Vulich doubled for him.
The Blu-ray release of Troll is presented in a 1080p format, which I have to say does look sharp and colourful, although it does seem a little grainy in parts on a 4K screen, but it’s still better quality than those days of VHS (films on tapes to the kids), the soundtrack is DTS-HD MA 2.o (Stereo sound to us oldies), but it sounds clear. So if you are a fan of the 80s movies and want to get your hands on a cult movie on Blu-ray then check it out in the Complete Collection which is out 8 October.
Troll - There's a monster on the loose!
Movie title: Troll
Movie description: A wicked troll king in search of a mystical ring that will transform him to human form invades a San Francisco apartment complex where a powerful witch lives.
Date published: 2018-09-24
Director(s): John Carl Buechler
Actor(s): Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Noah Hathaway
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Ah the 80s, a time when we had so many crazy “creature” movie and Troll is no exception, loved by many, hated by others, but it now has cult status.