- 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 vegeterian, however, one scene has a resident complaining about eggs and coffee (but not milk). Vegeterians 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.
- Freud Was Right (or Visual Innuendo):
- Creedence seduces Brent with an ear of corn, and popcorn was flying everywhere, filling up the trailer. Oddly, the corn is used in a distinctly non-phallic way.
- And let's not even get into the Freudian/Lacanian connotations of Joshua seeing the ghost of a male progenitor in the mirror.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: After watching the documentary about the film (Best Worst Movie) and learning some of the fates of the cast, making fun of some of the actors loses some of its enjoyment. It's somewhat balanced out by others in the cast having stable, productive lives... somewhat.
- 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?
- 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.
- Hollywood Homely: Creedence is probably supposed to be an ugly old woman. She's not.
- Memetic Mutation/Narm: 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.
- 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.)
- And neither does Holly.
- Narm Charm: People have been known to love Troll 2 for its Narmtastic dialogue and plotting.
- 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 prodiction, 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.
- 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 let you!" 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.
- One very noticeable example in one scene: A Molotov Cocktail is thrown by Grandpa Seth, starting with a shot of him making a throwing motion, followed by a cut to a Non Sequitur lightning-bolt on a black-screen repeated twice, then a cut to a shot of somebody holding a Molotov as if to say "This is the weapon.", then a yellow-hot explosion fills the screen, THEN a cut to the victim on fire burning to death. How exactly would a glass bottle shatter against the victim, and set their torso on fire?
- 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.