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The New York Times
This one is a cut-rate Gremlins, about some small, nasty creatures brought forth by a young man dabbling in the occult.
Black arts movies tend to come cheap: a dark cellar, a few candles and a robe. Deep shadow is a blessing here too because the titular trolls are absurd puppets that merely wobble about and snarl a bit.
TV Guide Magazine
Because of their restricted movements and expressions, we never believe for a moment that the creatures exist, thus making the film an utter failure.
The ghoulies in question are at least momentarily diverting, which is more than can be said for the rest of their movie. [26 May 1985, p.C6]
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