A wicked troll king in search of a mystical ring that will return him to his human form invades a San Francisco apartment complex where a powerful witch lives.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 3.8/10 (4,150 voted)

John Carl Buechler

Stars: Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Noah Hathaway

An evil troll, Torok, the transformed state of the ex-husband of an old friendly witch named Eunice St. Clair, has chosen her apartment building to be the heart of the restoration of the world he once knew. To do this he uses an Emerald ring, and takes possession of a little girl named Wendy, whose brother Harry immediately suspects something wrong. Torok, often in the form of the little girl, goes into each occupant's apartment, hideously transforming people (beginning with Peter Dickinson, named after the author/protagonist of _The Flight of Dragons_, which explores similar themes) into plant pods.


Noah Hathaway

Harry Potter Jr.

Michael Moriarty

Harry Potter Sr.

Shelley Hack

Anne Potter

Jenny Beck

Wendy Anne Potter

Sonny Bono

Peter Dickinson

Phil Fondacaro

Malcolm Mallory
Torok the Troll

Brad Hall

William Daniels

Anne Lockhart

Young Eunice St. Clair

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Jeanette Cooper

Gary Sandy

Barry Tabor

June Lockhart

Eunice St. Clair

Robert Hathaway

First Policeman

James Beck

Second Policeman

Dale Wyatt

Dickinson's Girlfriend

Barbara Sciorilli


Apartment for Rent. Inquire Within…

Release Date: 17 January 1986

Filming Locations: Stabilimenti Cinematografici Pontini, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Opening Weekend: $2,595,054
(19 January 1986)
(959 Screens)

Gross: $5,450,815

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The picture of Galwyn in his human form (before being turned into a mushroom) that Eunice St. Clair shows to Harry Potter Jr. is in reality a caricature of the film's director, John Carl Buechler.


Orientation of baseball bat on the floor, after Barry shoots the Troll.


Harry Potter Jr.:
[looking for Wendy in the basement]
Have you been playing with dead cats?

User Review

Absolutely the funniest horror film ever !!

Rating: 3/10

A couple of friends and I got into a craze of watching cheesy old
horror films on the weekends because there is nothing else to do in a
small town… But anyway, we rented this one and laughed like never
before, it is so insane! We love the "Creature Symphony" part where all
of the troll creatures start singing some gibberish song, it is
hilarious. We still laugh about it randomly to this day. This movie has
maybe half a minute worth of scariness, unless you are afraid of
midgets. By the way, the little man in the movie is superb LOL with his
little story that he tells. I recommend this film to everyone to see
once, because once is all it takes and once is all you really could
take. It is a crappy horror film, but a great comedy!!