Award-Winning Best Worst Movie Coming to Theaters

By - February 25, 2010

Troll 2 is known as the “best worst movie” for many reasons. We unabashedly love this movie. Unlike Ed Wood’s masterpieces of terrible filmmaking, Troll 2 has no slow parts. It’s interesting and mind bogglingly weird from beginning to end.

After the Action Flick Chick reviewed it (“Troll 2 (1990): Reasons Not to Eat Green Eggs and Ham”), she wound up discussing people’s favorite “bad” movies on twitter and even heard from Troll 2 star Michael Paul Stephenson himself (“What Is the Best Worst Movie? With Best Worst Movie (2009) Documentarian & Troll 2 (1990) Star Michael Paul Stephenson”).

The making of Troll 2 and its cult popularity became the subject of the award-winning documentary Best Worst Movie, produced by Lindsay Stephenson. The documentary, which has been featured at various film festivals, is now getting a theatrical release.

Best Worst Movie documentary trailer

Best Worst Movie documentary trailer


New York, NY (February 24, 2010) - Area23A, the event-based film
distribution company formed in January by industry veteran Richard
Abramowitz and Kirt Eftekhar, founder of Ocule Films, announced today
that it will theatrically release the award-winning "Best Worst Movie"
which has been an official selection in over thirty film festivals. The
documentary had its world premiere at South by Southwest and has
received several awards including the Top Ten Audience Favorite at Hot
Docs 2009.  Area23a will open the film in Austin, Los Angeles, New York
and other markets to follow this Spring.

In "Best Worst Movie" Michael Paul Stephenson makes his directorial
debut by exploring one of the worst and most critically panned movies
ever made, Troll 2, which he starred in twenty years ago as a child.

In 1989, Italian director, Claudio Fragrasso cast small-town dentist Dr.
George Hardy and a group of unwitting Utah actors in the ultra-low
budget horror film, Troll 2.  Soon after its disastrous release, Dr.
Hardy retired from his short-lived acting career and returned to
dentistry in his hometown of Alabama, unaware of the legions of fans
that would one day recognize him as a cult movie luminary.

"Best Worst Movie" reveals the improbable heartfelt story of an Alabama
dentist-turned-cult-movie icon and an Italian filmmaker as they come to
terms with their internationally revered cinematic failure. 

Stephenson and his wife, Lindsay Stephenson produced "Best Worst Movie"
under their production company, Magic Stone Productions. Brad Klopman
also produced and Doug Mankoff of Echo Lake is the producer's rep for
the film.

Of the acquisition, Stephenson says "Our movie - that we have devoted
the last four years to - can not be in better hands than with Area23a.
They have demonstrated their ability to skillfully handle specialized
films in a crowded market place.  The recent success of "Anvil!" is only
the most recent example of Richard's  expertise in theatrical film

Abramowitz adds "We are very excited to bring 'Best Worst Movie' to
theaters across the country.  The movie has been generating both
incredible word-of-mouth and critical acclaim through the festival
circuit. Audiences are appreciating the film's humor and are also moved
by its homage to bad movies and, at least in this case, the good people
who make them." Said Eftekhar, "Keep your eyes open: we're bringing a
"Best Worst Movie/Troll 2" party to your town soon..."

Area23a is currently distributing the acclaimed "Soundtrack for a
Revolution," "The Mighty Uke," "American Harmony," and "They Came to
Play."  Later this year it will release Sandy Cioffi's "Sweet Crude."

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