If I were forced to make a list of my all time favorite movies, TROLL 2 would stand firmly alongside such classics as MCCABE & MRS. MILLER, BLUE VELVET, DAYS OF HEAVEN, COME AND SEE, A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, and THE BICYCLE THIEF. When it comes to the 'camp' genre (i.e., movies that are so bad they're good), nothing compares to TROLL 2. I actually began writing a book in the late 1990s called "The Ethics of Troll 2," but I only finished three chapters. One day I hope to finish it. The world needs that book.
One thing I've never done, however, is watch TROLL 2 on a big screen in an actual movie theatre. I didn't think it would ever happen, actually.
And then I get a phone call, just after midnight, from Wingo (who, it should be noted, is responsible for the music in two of Sundance's most talked about films, SNOW ANGELS and GREAT WORLD OF SOUND--way to go, hotshot). He asked me if I was sitting down, because he had big news. Then he told me about this.
Ladies and gentlemen, it simply does not get any better than this. The Alamo Drafthouse Theatre. Midnight, Thursday, February 1st. Free. Drago Floyd's TROLL 2 on the big screen. But that isn't all. How about a post-film Q&A with none other than Joshua, Mr. Waits, and Arnold?! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME???!!!
If I didn't have to go to Maryland for my goddaughter's Christening next weekend, I would buy a plane ticket this very second. I still might (provided I can get back to Maryland by 11am Saturday morning). This night could very well rival my discovery of Lynch's Lumberton a few months ago. The thought of it makes me want to hug the planet.
But I can't be there. At least I don't think I can be. Which blows very big bubbles.
If you live in Austin (ahem, ahem, I'm talking to you David Lowery), do NOT miss this event. Please go, and please write about it for me, so I can feel like I was there.
Zach Carlson, will you marry me???