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The Best of “Best Worst Movie”

Published 7:46pm Monday, December 6, 2010

Several months ago, I wrote a column about watching “Troll 2,” the 1989 straight-to-DVD bomb turned cult classic starring Alexander City’s own Dr. George Hardy.

The film was as wonderfully horrible as I expected it to be and I thoroughly enjoyed laughing all the way through it.

So when I found out “Best Worst Movie,” the award-winning documentary in which Hardy reunites with the other stars and film crew of the movie was released on DVD Nov. 16, I put it at the top of my Netflix queue.

After months of reporting about Hardy and the documentary at The Outlook, I knew it featured Alexander City and Dr. Hardy’s dental practice, but I was unprepared for how prominently the entire town was displayed.

The film opened with the words “Alexander City, Alabama” flashing across the screen, followed by Hardy preparing a protein shake in his home before the camera followed him going about his day-to-day life here in Alexander City.

And Hardy wasn’t the only face local residents might recognize. Former Alexander City Schools superintendent Tommy Bice, Lila Graves, Laura Gulledge, Hardy’s ex-wife Merry Hardy, Wade Jones, Hardy’s parents Mary Ann and Bill Hardy, Hardy’s sister Mollie Barrett and the mother of Alexander City herself, Mayor Barbara Young, all made appearances within the first five minutes of the film.

Of course, the documentary also featured the “Troll 2” cast as they traveled across the world to attend “Troll 2” screenings and parties to try to get to the bottom of how and why the film has found its place in cult movie history.

It was neat to see footage of the “Troll 2” screening at Playhouse Cinema in Alexander City, which raised money for the Alexander City Schools System, tucked in with clips from screenings in Los Angeles and New York City all the way to Austria and a screening for U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

I even found out a couple intriguing facts about Hardy, like that he dresses up as a rollerblading tooth fairy in the Alexander City Christmas parade every year and that he was a cheerleader at Auburn University – War Eagle!

The movie ended with Hardy once again in his kitchen, preparing a protein shake, talking about getting back to life as he knows it — not as a jet-setting star, but as a dentist.

But then, it was revealed that a script is in the works for “Troll 2: Part 2,” and Hardy said matter-of-factly that he will gladly return to his role of Michael Waits if asked.

One of my favorite lines in the film came from a “Troll 2” fan who said at one of the screenings: “I’m sure George Hardy is a great dentist, but I respect him as an actor.”

I completely agree and if “Troll 2: Part 2” does become a reality, I’ll be among those lined up to watch it.

Natalie Nettles is staff writer for The Outlook.