Troll 2 (originally titled Goblins) is a 1990 In Name Only and unofficial sequel to the 1986 B-Movie Troll. Note that not a single troll appears in the film, nor is the word "troll" spoken once. There are two different films called Troll 3, and neither have much to do with either Troll or Troll 2.
Here's the movie in a nutshell:
The Waits family goes to a village called Nilbog, unaware that the townsfolk are actually
trolls goblins; specifically, 'vegetarians', who would try to get their vic... guests, to eat their all-vegetable food, which would turn their victims into a "half man, half plant" goblin food. It is up to the Waits' son, Joshua, who can communicate with his dead grandpa, Seth, to save his family from the goblins before his family becomes Goblin Chow.
This film provides examples of:
- Alien Blood: The goblins have green blood.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: In some countries, especially Europe, milk that can keep unrefrigerated actually is sold. However, Troll 2 takes place in the US. The director was Italian, further complicating matters.
- Always Chaotic Evil: All of the goblins are inherently evil, beyond just enjoying the taste of humans. They are shown to be sadistic in personality. Grandpa Seth even says "That's the point. Goblins don't need to justify their cruel acts. They're evil creatures."
- And I Must Scream: Arnold is unable to move or speak when he is turned into a plant until the bark is pulled off his face. Rather than trying to dig him out of the planter his feet are stuck in, his friend decides to just try to drag the planter to safety.
- As You Know: When Mrs. Waits is talking to Joshua at the beginning, she feels the need to mention that Grandpa Seth was her father.
- Author Tract: Specifically written as an anti-vegetarian film. The screenwriter called it "a ferocious analysis of today's society."
- Awesome Mc Coolname:
- Creedence Leonore Gielgud (of ancient Druid origins!). Her ancestors came from Stonehenge.
- Sheriff Gene Freak.
- Baleful Polymorph: Arnold becomes part-plant. He still maintains most of his human properties, even if his abilities as a human becomes limited, like bark growing over his mouth and his legs grown stuck into a plant pot, but he definitely still has enough human traits to be able to be aware of his surroundings, and once the bark covering his mouth is removed, speak.
- Big Bad: Creedence Leonore Gielgud is the queen of the goblins and the chief antagonist of the film.
- Big Good: Grandpa Seth. He acts as a mentor figure to Joshua and is the only one with foreknowledge of the goblins.
- Body Horror: Attempted with the melting of people into green goo and turning Arnold into a plant ("attempted" being the operative word here).
- Bullying a Dragon: Arnold tries to intimidate a mob of goblins armed with spears, it doesn't work. It's very obvious they are monsters, but he tries it anyway.
- Can Only Move the Eyes: Arnold, when he's paralyzed by Creedence, and later gets turned into a plant.
- Cassandra Truth: Joshua warns his family about how the townsfolk were really goblins who wanted to turn them into plants so they can eat them. No one believes him.
- Covers Always Lie:
- The original VHS cover◊ features a goblin that looks nothing like the creatures in the movie, menacing a boy who is clearly not Joshua, who's holding a significant-looking evil troll doll that never appears in the movie. Every word of text on it is also totally unrelated to the movie; the actual film has nothing to do with "the original boogieman", nothing to do with haunting you in your sleep, there isn't even one singular "it", and, of course, there are no trolls.
- A DVD release of Troll and Troll 2 on one disc provides mostly accurate plot summaries for both movies, but attempts to hide the fact that the two have nothing to do with each other by referring to trolls and goblins in both summaries.
- Cruel Twist Ending: When the protagonists believe the Goblins are gone for good, a group of them abruptly come to their house and eat the mother.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As a spirit, Grandpa Seth has a "kingdom of shadows", is generally associated with poor lighting, and is told to go "back to hell". He's also named after the evil trickster-god of Egyptian Mythology. Despite all of this, he loves his family and is the caring Big Good.
- Dead Person Conversation: Joshua regularly converses with his dead grandfather.
- Diabolus ex Machina: The Nilbog Goblins have been destroyed, but another group of them come back to the protagonist's house to eat his mom.
- Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: Spoofed; the dad initially seems like he's going to beat Joshua, but instead tightens his belt.
- Downer Ending: Our heroes destroy the goblin army and escape Nilbog. They go back home, but the goblins are waiting. The film ends with Joshua entering his kitchen and finding the goblins eating his mother.
- Double Aesop:
- Vegetarians are evil. Rossella Drudi, the woman who wrote the script, and director Claudio Fragasso's wife, apparently got the idea by being annoyed at how many of her friends had recently become vocally vegetarian.
- If you want to have sex, get rid of your friends. There's a really weird idea running through the movie that Elliot and Holly can only be happy — and her family will only accept him — if he breaks all other ties to everyone else in the world. The intention was just that everyone thinks his friends are morons and he's better off without them, but it's poorly conveyed to the audience.
- Dull Surprise: Arnold's reaction to being turned into a plant, and how Brent responds to Hotter and Sexier Creedence.
- Erotic Eating: The scene with Creedence and the corncob with Brent was probably intended to be this. In-universe it seems to work; to the viewer... not so much.
- Evil Is Hammy: "I am Creeeeeeeeedence... Leonorrrrre... Giel-gud." It is truly something to behold how she over-pronounced that entire sentence. You can almost see the bits of scenery in her teeth.
- Fanservice: Creedence in Hot Witch mode. She even uses this to her advantage, seducing Brent.
- Fantastic Aesop: Only the power of goodness can defeat the goblins. Of course, a double decker baloney sandwich always helps.
- Faux Affably Evil: The people of Nilbog are hospitable and polite to their guests, but it's all an act so they can turn them into vegetables and eat them.
- Femme Fatale: Creedence in her younger human form seduces Brent in this manner.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: By the end, Elliot doesn't seem to learn what happened to his friends, nor does he seem to care.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Creedence wears a pair of glasses in her old lady form.
- Girls With Mustaches: In her true goblin form, Creedence has a full-on thick beard and mustache, as well as hairy sideburns and a Big Ol' Unibrow. Justified since she's a goblin.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Creedence is the queen of the goblins, and is a villain.
- Green Is Gross: Pretty much everything involving the
trollsgoblins involves green, particularly the concoctions they make to turns humans into plants to feed on.
- Hollywood Darkness: When the family first arrives in Nilbog, Michael comments that the stores are closed because everyone's gone to bed for the night; the scene looks like it takes place at noon.
- Hot Witch: Creedence transforms into this partway through, and uses her younger-looking self to... get some action from Brent.
- Human Resources: Arnold gets turned into a milkshake and fed to Drew.
- Incoming Ham: You know exactly what kind of villain you're in for when Creedence first waltzes into frame and shouts "This is myyyyyyyyyyyy house!"
- It May Help You on Your Quest: Grandpa Seth hands Joshua a double-decker baloney sandwich in the last five minutes of the film, saying "take this, and only use it when you really need it".
- Landmark of Lore: The goblins' source of power is the Stonehenge Magic Stone.
- Magic Countdown: Thirty seconds of frozen time lasts for close to a minute of screen time.
- Ms. Fanservice: Creedence in her younger human form. She has a steaming hot body, and wears very seductive clothing. Attempted with Holly, but she's a gawky sixteen-year-old, so it's weird.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "I'm Sheriff Gene Freak." Yeah, Freak. That's not unsettling at all.
- Nonindicative Name: The title of the film is "Troll 2". The film is neither about trolls nor a sequel to Troll.
- Numbered Sequels: Averted. Troll 2 is a standalone film that has no in-universe or real world connection to Troll besides the title.
- Obviously Evil: None of the goblins disguised as humans make any attempt to act non-suspicious.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Grandpa Seth doesn't seem to obey any particular rules as to what he can do or how he can appear in the mortal realm. He can shoot lightning, stop time, appear corporeal or incorporeal, and bring back various weapons from the afterlife, including an ax and a molotov cocktail.
- Our Goblins Are Different: In this movie they can transform into anything and eat humans transformed into plants.
- Panty Shot: In her younger human form, Creedence has a low cut skirt that makes it easy to see her black panties.
- Planimal: The goblins turn people into edible plantmen because they are vegetarians.
- Rasputinian Death: Drew is fed a Nilbog sandwich by Sheriff Gene Freak, which makes him drowsy and limping, then he drinks some Nilbog milk, which still doesn't turn him into goblin food. Finally, he's fed an Arnold shake by Creedence, and it's heavily implied that this is what finally did him in.
- Red Right Hand: While the goblins' human forms look normal enough, they bare a clover leaf on their faces that gives away their true nature.
- Sdrawkcab Name: "Nilbog! It's goblin spelled backwards! This is their kingdom!" Joshua sees this by viewing the town sign in a car rearview mirror.
- Selective Obliviousness: While his family catches every little thing Joshua does, they don't find anything the least bit strange about the Obviously Evil people they're surrounded by.
- Thematic Series: The Troll series is actually a series of unrelated movies that were never meant to be sequels. After the first film, this movie was made with the original, and more appropriate name, Goblins. It was given the name Troll 2 in hopes of making more money. As noted above, two different movies were released as Troll 3, along with their original titles and neither had anything to do with trolls or the first movie.
- This Was His True Form: Michael runs to get the fire extinguisher to put out Preacher Bells, and by the time he does, he's dead, leaving behind the hideous corpse of a goblin.
- Time Stands Still: Grandpa Seth can freeze time.
- To Serve Man: The goblins act nice to the Waits, but plan to turn them into green vegetable jelly and eat them.
- Trouble Follows You Home: Joshua and his family have just escaped Nilbog and gotten safely back home. All seems fine until he realizes that the exchange family laced their food, and sees the goblins devouring what's left of his mother.
- Weirdness Censor: Everyone from out of town except Joshua, and that's only because he was forewarned, seems to believe the patently bizarre mannerisms of the townsfolk is folksiness.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Brent and Drew both disappear abruptly from the film without explanation. It's implied that the goblins ate Drew, after he ate a sandwich from Sheriff Gene Freak, drank a bit of Nilbog milk, and then was presumably force-fed a milkshake made of Arnold. Brent was supposed to be transformed into popcorn, but the way the movie depicts it makes it look like he had some very weird sex and then just went to sleep.
- You Keep Using That Word:
Elliot: (after Holly kicks him in the crotch) Are you nuts? You trying to turn me into a homo?
- The goblins are called "vegetarians" rather than herbivores, suggesting that they do not eat meat by choice, though it's never clear. One goblin complains that food with blood on it will need to be soaked in vinegar overnight before its edible.
- Elliot and Holly both seem to be of the opinion that a Groin Attack will turn someone gay.
Holly: It wouldn't be too hard. If my father found out you were here, he'd cut off your LITTLE NUTS and EAT them! He can't STAND you!