YMMV / Troll 2

  • Ass Pull: The Presents family somehow managing to survive after the extinction of the rest of the goblins.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The popcorn scene. Just... why.
  • Cult Classic: Many people love it for its So Bad, It's Good quality.
  • Critical Research Failure: Nilbog's residents are stated to be vegetarian, however, one scene has a resident complaining about eggs and coffee (but not milk). Vegetarians are actually people who refuse to eat meat, and only meat. Those who refuse to eat meat and dairy products are called Vegans.
  • Ear Worm: The song in the party scene is pretty catchy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The fly that's on Arnold's forehead during the (in)famous oh my god line, as if it's drawn by the bad acting. Many people view it as the greatest actor in the film.
    • Don Packard's legitimately creepy performance made him stand out as well.
    • Mike Hamill is so caricatured and obviously portrays a hidden villain, that it's hard not to notice and fall in love with him.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The film should be understood as a satire on vegetarian trends, but let's say it does not work very well...
  • Fountain of Memes: There are dozens, if not hundreds, of bizarre, quotable lines in the film, not just the ones everybody knows.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: After watching the documentary about the film (Best Worst Movie) and learning some of the fates of the cast, poking fun at some of the actors loses some of its enjoyment. It's somewhat balanced out by others in the cast having stable, productive lives...somewhat.
  • Genius Bonus: Probably unintentional, but there are quite a few echoes of Christina Rossetti's poem "Goblin Market" present, particularly in how the goblins try to corrupt people by feeding them plant matter, and how homoerotic expressions of family values are the solution to defeating them. In both works, the goblins seem to represent an outsider threat to the status quo.
  • Ham and Cheese: Deborah Reed, aka Creedence, later claimed she didn't feel she was given adequate direction during the filming. Regardless, she's clearly enjoying herself.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The reverend of Nilbog's cult-like church bears an uncanny resemblance to David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidian cult that was assaulted during the Waco Siege, which the film preceded by three years. Even more harsh is the fact that he ends up being killed by being set on fire by the family.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Meat-eating "vegetarians," you say?
    • A film called Troll 2 that isn't a sequel to Troll and doesn't even have any trolls in it fits the modern definition of Troll perfectly.
  • Hollywood Homely: Creedence is probably supposed to be an ugly old woman. She's not.note 
  • Ho Yay: Drew sees Elliot and Brent sleeping in the same bed, with their shirts off.
    Elliot (after Holly hits him in the groin): Are you trying to turn me into a homo?
    Holly: It wouldn't be too hard!
    • The film also seems to believe that "homosexuality" and "castration" are synonymous.
    • The entire plot thread regarding Drew's quest for milk (it would be milk, wouldn't it?) is laced with a disturbing, pseudo-rapacious homoerotica.
    • Elliot and his friends' relationship seems to consist entirely of Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?, which is sort of negated by them running around in their underwear, sharing beds, and not being able to be without each other even for a couple days.
  • Les Yay: Creedence tells the mom that she finds Holly to be "appetizing" and "provocative." Strangely, the mom doesn't really react to this.
    • And neither does Holly.
      Creedence: Hello, beautiful.
      Holly: Hi. (Leaves without another word.)
  • Memetic Molester: Joshua's grandfather is inexplicably frightening, especially in the scenes where he incites him to commit a variety of tricks.
  • Memetic Mutation: Oh dear God, it's everywhere!
    Arnold: They're eating her! And then they're going to eat me! OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDD!
    Michael: You can't piss on hospitality! I WON'T ALLOW IT! — after Joshua urinates over the food on the dinner table.
    Joshua: Nilbog! It's goblin spelled backwards!
    • A double example can be found during the sermon at the Church. It's funny enough hearing the Preacher hammily ranting about "smelly bladders", but look carefully at the General Store Owner when hemorrhoids are mentioned. He puts his hands between his legs and squeezes them together.
    • Let's be honest; most of Arnold's dialogue in general.
    • Holly's dance scene is one of the most flat-out awkward attempts at dancing ever put to film.
  • Narm: As you can undoubtedly tell from a lot of the dialogue, the movie is filled with this, not just because of the actions of the characters but also because of a great deal of the dialogue was written in Italian and poorly translated, making it sound very archaic at times (such as a character saying that she'd been "fasting" for two days when she said she hadn't eaten, and another saying "veritable" in what's basically ordinary conversation.)
  • Nightmare Fuel: Yes, 99% of the movie is So Bad, It's Good personified, but the ending sequence in which the (somehow) surviving Presents family devour Joshua's mother is to at least some degree effectively creepy.
  • Nightmare Retardant: See, the notion of people turning into plants could have been A-Grade Body Horror. But the effects are pretty bad and the dialogue is even worse, so it's hard to care.
  • Padding: The sequence where Creedence begs for more power, turns into a Hot Witch, then completely wastes her new powers seducing minor secondary character Brent with a corncob. She uses up her powers, doesn't even kill the guy, and none of this has any relevance to the rest of the movie whatsoever.
  • Sequel Displacement: The original Troll was a real Hollywood production, but due to being utterly So Okay, It's Average, it would be completely forgotten today if not for the fact that it had a No Budget Dolled-Up Installment Cult Classic of a sequel — and the fact that it had a protagonist named Harry Potter that predated the more famous one. This is debatable, however, since its counterpart Leprechaun with Fonducaro's future Willow co-star Warwick Davis is remembered as well.
  • Signature Line:
    • "They're eating her! And then they're going to eat me! OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!"
    • Best Worst Movie shows that "You can't piss on hospitality! I won't allow it!" was George Hardy's signature line during his screening tour.
  • So Bad, It's Good: So so much.
  • Special Effects Failure: It's a B Movie made on a small budget, so this was bound to happen. Many of the effects just don't sell.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Best Worst Movie reveals the director Claudio Fragasso, screenwriter Rossella Drudi and actress Margo Prey (who played the mom) all continue to take the film seriously. Fragasso bristles at the ironic cult following the film has achieved, while Prey compares the film to Casablanca.
    • Robert Ormsby as Grandpa Seth gives the film's only performance that isn't hammy, stilted, or hammy and stilted.
  • Watch It for the Meme: The film's cult largely happened because of Memetic Mutation. People were naturally curious to watch the whole film to see what exactly the context was for things like "they're eating her!".
  • What an Idiot!: Pretty much everyone except Joshua.