Released by New Video
Release Date: Apr. 25th, 2010
Starring: George Hardy, Lily Hardy, Pita Ray
Written by Michael Stephenson
Directed by Michael Stephenson
Rated: NR (Not Rated) (contains some strong language)
This is all chronicled in Best Worst Movie and, despite the title, is one of the best movies of 2010. As we know, 2010 has not been a good year for movies. The year did not get off to a good start like we have seen in the past, and the summer season, save for a few movies, has downright sucked. We have seen more "cookie cutter" movies this year than we have seen in the past and even the ones that have promised us a good time have been few and very far between.
At the start of the movie we our hero, George Hardy, who played the father in Troll 2. He is a big, hulking figure with a heart of gold. Hardy is a dentist in the south who made a movie and then moved on with his life. This is a man who is so nice and loving and caring that even his ex-wife can not say anything bad about him. He just lives his bachelor life, taking care of his patients with a smile on his face.
The director of the film, Michael Stephenson, also played Hardy's son in the movie. Stephenson goes to great lengths to find all the major players from the movie. He introduces Hardy to the cult of Troll 2 and lives it up as much as he can. We follow Hardy as he goes around the country and sees the film with different audiences. Hardy is having the time of his life reciting infamous lines from the movie.
But with all the fun that is had at the expense of the movie there is the inevitable downturn. Hardy and Stephenson visit some horror movie conventions where they are all but ignored. This part of the documentary I found a little hard to swallow. I have been to many horror conventions where actors who have appeared in one or two movies get their fair shake. I remember standing in line to get my Citizen Toxie dvd signed by Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman. As I was standing in line I struck up a conversation with a girl who had a booth right next to the Troma booth. I wasn't hitting on her or asking her for an autograph, we were just talking about horror movies. Anyway, I talked to her while she was signing items for other people. When it came to be my turn to get Lloyd's autograph, I shook the girl's hand and told her that I had a nice time talking to her.
The rest of the movie plays out perfectly. Hardy is given his fifteen minutes of fame and he runs with it. Its movies like this that make you feel good. Best Worst Movie reminded me a lot of The King of Kong, the David vs Goliath story set in the world of competitive video gaming. Both movies feature unbelievably nice guys and their quest to find a tiny bit of fame. The only real difference is that Hardy doesn't have to face off against the world's biggest douchebag as Steve Wiebe has to in Kong.