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Former Child Actor Makes his Direcorial Debut with "Best Worst Movie"

May 13, 2010

Suppose your introduction to show business, at the tender age of 10 ½,was a starring role in a low-budget horror movie that, for a time, was deemed by the users of the Internet Movie Database to be the worst movie ever. Some people might handle that embarrassment by omitting the credit from their résumé and hoping it never was discovered; others might be shamed out of the industry altogether. But one man made a film about this experience to share it with as many people as possible.

This is the origin story of “Best Worst Movie,” a documentary by Michael Paul Stephenson that opens at the Village East Cinema in Manhattan on Friday. For his directorial debut Mr. Stephenson, 32, the grown-up former child star of “Troll 2,” has told the story of that 1990 direct-to-video dud and how it found a second life among viewers who gather to celebrate its awfulness. Read More