One of the most popular film festival selections of 2009 was Michael Paul Stephenson’s documentary “Best Worst Movie,” which covered everything you ever (or, never) wanted to know about everyone’s favorite bad movie, “Troll 2.” For those who didn’t catch it on the festival circuit, there’s good news as “Best Worst Movie” will be hitting theaters very soon thanks to upstart film distribution company Area23A.
In a press release, Stephenson said “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 (Abramowitz) expertise in theatrical film distribution.”
“Best Worst Movie” documents what has long been known as one of the worst and most critically disrespected movies ever made, “Troll 2” (which “Best Worst Movie” director Stephenson starred in twenty years ago as a child). From the press release, “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. 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.”
From the sound of things, cities that wish to have the full “Best Worst Movie” experience will also be able to participate online in getting a viewing and party in their city. Stay tuned here at Film Threat for more details as they emerge…