January 17th, 1986



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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.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 3.8/10 (4,150 voted)

Director: John Carl Buechler

Stars: Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Noah Hathaway

An evil troll, Torok, the transformed state of the ex-husband of an old friendly witch named Eunice St. Clair, has chosen her apartment building to be the heart of the restoration of the world he once knew. To do this he uses an Emerald ring, and takes possession of a little girl named Wendy, whose brother Harry immediately suspects something wrong. Torok, often in the form of the little girl, goes into each occupant's apartment, hideously transforming people (beginning with Peter Dickinson, named after the author/protagonist of _The Flight of Dragons_, which explores similar themes) into plant pods.

Noah Hathaway - Harry Potter Jr.
Michael Moriarty - Harry Potter Sr.
Shelley Hack - Anne Potter
Jenny Beck - Wendy Anne Potter
Sonny Bono - Peter Dickinson
Phil Fondacaro - Malcolm Mallory / Torok the Troll
Brad Hall - William Daniels
Anne Lockhart - Young Eunice St. Clair
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Jeanette Cooper
Gary Sandy - Barry Tabor
June Lockhart - Eunice St. Clair
Robert Hathaway - First Policeman
James Beck - Second Policeman
Dale Wyatt - Dickinson's Girlfriend
Barbara Sciorilli - Fairy

Taglines: Apartment for Rent. Inquire Within...

Release Date: 17 January 1986

Filming Locations: Stabilimenti Cinematografici Pontini, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Opening Weekend: $2,595,054 (USA) (19 January 1986) (959 Screens)

Gross: $5,450,815 (USA)

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Did You Know?

The picture of Galwyn in his human form (before being turned into a mushroom) that Eunice St. Clair shows to Harry Potter Jr. is in reality a caricature of the film's director, John Carl Buechler.

Continuity: Orientation of baseball bat on the floor, after Barry shoots the Troll.

Harry Potter Jr.: [looking for Wendy in the basement] Have you been playing with dead cats?

User Review

Absolutely the funniest horror film ever !!

Rating: 3/10

A couple of friends and I got into a craze of watching cheesy old horror films on the weekends because there is nothing else to do in a small town... But anyway, we rented this one and laughed like never before, it is so insane! We love the "Creature Symphony" part where all of the troll creatures start singing some gibberish song, it is hilarious. We still laugh about it randomly to this day. This movie has maybe half a minute worth of scariness, unless you are afraid of midgets. By the way, the little man in the movie is superb LOL with his little story that he tells. I recommend this film to everyone to see once, because once is all it takes and once is all you really could take. It is a crappy horror film, but a great comedy!!


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