Troll 1986 PG-13 CC

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A wicked troll king in search of a mystical ring that will return him to his human form invades a San Francisco apartment complex where a powerful witch lives.

Starring:
Noah Hathaway, Michael Moriarty
Runtime:
1 hour, 23 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Horror
Director John Carl Buechler
Starring Noah Hathaway, Michael Moriarty
Supporting actors Shelley Hack, Jenny Beck, Sonny Bono, Phil Fondacaro, Brad Hall, Anne Lockhart, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gary Sandy, June Lockhart, Robert Hathaway, James Beck, Dale Wyatt, Barbara Sciorilli, Viviana Giusti, Jessie Carfora, Debra Dion, Charles Band, Jacquelyn Band
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Childs on October 18, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I first saw this movie on a late night Noah Hathaway double feature about 13 yeares ago, when I lived in LA. The host described this movie as a star vehicle for the young star of Neverending Story (which was shown previously that night).

The story is mostly a rehash of the plots of many '50s sci-fi movies, except you insert "Troll" into the script where "Martian" should be. Even to the extent that Noah remarks to his kindly neighbor lady (June Lockhart) that he thinks his sister is a "pod person". Of course, she (Lockhart) being the powerful good sorceress, explains that Harry's sister is in the Troll's power.

Young Harry must save the world from the evil Troll, while the grown-up neighbors (Sonny Bono, Gary Sandy (WKRP), Julia-Louise Dreyfus (Seinfeld), Brad Hall (SNL), etc.) bumble their way into victimhood. Of course Harry's parents (Shelly Hack & Michael Moriarty) think he's just imagining things. What makes this movie fun is that it's so predictable and the all-star cast seems to intentionally ham it up. Think of it as "North" with monsters.

What I have found weirdly ironic is that Noah's character's name is Harry Potter, Jr. (Hmmmm, haven't we heard that name somewhere recently?)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
In reference to Leonard Maltin's comment, I do get off on hearing June Lockhart swear. The only reason I rented this movie from my local Blockbuster, is because I knew Noah Hathaway stared in it. I am the hugest Noah fan, but the darn troll gets more screen time than he does.
This movie is really bad and not a bit scary, but its has a classic 80's feel to it. The fact that they can't make movies this cheesy anymore prevents me from giving it one star. I miss those good old days.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Staley on August 22, 2000
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Troll is one of producer Charles Band's better films. Written by Ed Naha ( Dolls, Honey I shrunk the Kids ) and stars Michael Moriarty in a likeable performance. Theres plenty of magical and entertaining moments. One is the part where the trolls sing. The Trolls and the Ghoulies should make a movie together because they look like they come from the same place, or planet. A ghoulie even makes a guest apperance. Richard Band's score is a lot better than the ones he did before and in 1986 this was his best to date. The Trolls were voiced by Frank Welker ( voice of Slimer from Ghostbusters, and voice of the gremlins ). Slimer's voice can even be heard in the backround in quite a few scenes. This is the best film of its kind, so go out and rent it, or buy it, tonight. It's very entertaining.
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By F. LECOU on November 12, 2013
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This is one of my favorite all-time movies from my teen years - plus, I love the monster chorus! The main character is Harry Potter, Jr. - before that *other* series turned up ::grin:: ! Noah Hathaway, plus June and Anne Lockhart are really great! The acting is really well done, and the movie is magical while not taking itself too seriously, with really great special effects for the mid-1980's! Incidentally, this is the first allusion to Spenser's Faerie Queene ran across, and sowed the seed of inspiration for academic study for a master's thesis later on.

Anyway, the movie is fun. Watch, have fun, and remember it was made in the Eighties!

Enjoy!
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1986--a movie about two Harry Potters, a benevolent witch, and magical creatures

1997--a novel about one Harry Potter, many benevolent witches, and magical creatures

The longer I watched this, the better it got as I readjusted to the 1980's backdrop. The color palette, the acting, the stonewashed denim, and the use of puppetry for the special effects was spot on. I'd show it to my 9 yr. old if not for the gratuitous cursing.
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I give Troll and "eh" rating.
It is a so-so fantasy story about a boy, named Harry Potter Jr., no less (played by Noah Hathaway) who discovers his sister is possessed by an evil troll (hence the movie's name).
June Lockhart shows up as a good witch who swears a lot, Sonny Bono plays a victim who is turned into an elf.
The Lord of the Rings it ain't!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
TROLL takes place in a suburban apartment complex. The Potter family (more on that later) moves in to their new home in the bottom apartment. On the day of their move Wendy Ann Potter stumbles into the laundry room where she meets a troll who kidnaps her and uses his magic ring to make himself look like Wendy. One by one, the troll enters each apartment in the complex and turns the occupants into trolls and their dwellings into doorways to a fantasy dimension. If he succeeds in changing all the homes in the building, a dimensional vortex will be formed and modern America will be changed into a fantasy realm of old. The only person who can stop him is Wendy's brother, Harry Potter, Jr. who is under the tutelage of a witch upstairs.
Granted the special effects in this movie aren't all that good. However, the script is decent and the acting is fairly well done. The cast includes Sonny Bono and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss to name a few. This movie is basically a children's scary movie; it's the type of movie I would have loved watching when I was a kid and since I'm still a kid at heart I was enable to enjoy it despite it's flaws.
As a side note, the hero of this film is named Harry Potter. He gets involved in witchcraft and fantasy, though he thinks he's just a normal kid. The apartment slowly becomes a portal that leads to a mysterious and magical world. When he saves his kid sister and fights the big monster, it reminded me off another Harry Potter fighting another monster in CHAMBER OF SECRETS. Not only that, but Harry Potter Jr.'s dad is an author of children's books. Coincidence? Perhaps. However, as good as the Harry Potter series is, one must admit J.K. Rowling isn't as original as so many people suppose her to be.
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