January 3rd, 2008

Draconis Blackthorne, shadowgram, Dracomet

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{XX A.S. Directed by John Carl Buechler. Writers: John Carl Buechler, Ed Naha. Starring Shelley Hack, Jenny Beck, Sonny Bono, Phil Fondacaro, Brad Hall, Anne Lockhart, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Genre: Horror / Adventure}

Torok the Troll King wants to dominate the world and bring his dark kingdom forth by starting at an apartment where a former Witch bride turned nemesis, now resides. With his Magical ring, he takes the form of a little girl named Wendy Potter, who just came to live there with her family, and was placed into suspended animation. He thereby goes about causing mischief among the residents of the rooms:

There's swinging playboy with the likely name of "Peter Dickinson" {played by Sonny Bono}, a fanatical Vet, diminuative Professor Malcolm Mallory {who gets a second chance at life, thanks to Torok}, a college student couple, and of course, Harry Potter Jr. and Sr. {much before J.K. Rowling's series, perhaps whence she lifted the name}. One by one, they are each engulfed into a pod which transforms them into various trolls.

Eunice St. Clair the Witch {Ann & June Lockheart} regails young Harry Potter with her troll tales, accompanied by a phallic mushroom creature she keeps in a planter disguised as a lamp. By far the most elegant and secretive of the group, she grows young, and it is up to her to counter Torok's efforts, but is instead turned into a talking tree stump.

Particularly enjoyable scenes include the singing chorus of trolls likened Ghoulies, a seductive frolicking nymph, the transformations, Torok's smile of diabolical satisfaction, and the final confrontation with an impressive demonic troll giant. With amusing effects, Troll remains a fun excursion into an enchanted mythological realm.

4/5