Trolling: an Evening with Dr. George Hardy

The Alabama Bicentennial Commission of Lee County is pleased to announce Trolling: an Evening with George Hardy as an upcoming bicentennial endorsed event.

The Donald E. Davis Arboretum and Auburn Parks and Recreation are reuniting for a one-night only special event like you’ve never seen before! Join us for Trolling: an Evening with George Hardy on Friday, April 13 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Donald E. Davis Arboretum. Filled with screenings of “Troll 2,” “Best Worst Movie,” a Q&A session with Dr. Hardy and more, this is an evening you will not want to miss!

Released in 1990, “Troll 2” (PG – 13) was the completely unrelated sequel to “Troll” (1986). There are no trolls, only goblins – goblins who want to gobble up the unsuspecting family who happens to sign up for a house swap in the town of Nilbog. The film has achieved unprecedented fame as the best worst movie of all-time and, at one time, held a 0% rating on the film-rating website Rotten Tomatoes. Over the years, the movie has developed a cult following and inspired a documentary, entitled “Best Worst Movie” (NR, 2009).

Our guest of honor for this evening of fun is Dr. George Hardy, star of “Troll 2” and “Best Worst Movie,” local dentist, actor and 1977 Auburn graduate. Dr. Hardy will be introducing both films beginning at 6 p.m. and then will lead a Q&A session between screenings of the movies, discussing his experiences working on the film and in the film industry, his subsequent, and unexpected, fame and everything in between. Immediately following the screening of “Troll 2,” patrons of this event will also be among the first to view the preview for Dr. Hardy’s most recent film “Texas Cotton,” directed by Tyler Russell, in which he stars as Sheriff Delmore Travis, who is discovering that nothing is quite what is seems in the heart of the hill country towns of Texas. “Texas Cotton” is directed by Tyler Russell and features performances by Judd Lormand (CBS’ “Seal Team”) and Gene Jones (“The Hateful Eight” and “No Country for Old Men”). The film is still in post-production and will be released in October 2018. Auburn residents might see this film on the Fright Nights Movie Series schedule this fall.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

6 p.m. – Introduction of the films by Dr. Hardy
6:30 p.m. – “Best Worst Movie” screening
8:15 – 9 p.m. – Q&A Session led by Dr. Hardy
9 p.m. – “Troll 2” screening
10:40 p.m. – “Texas Cotton” preview

Gates will open at 5 p.m. and attendees will be able to walk the Arboretum trails and get their spot early. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy the evening. Event goers will also be able to purchase food from local food vendor Dumps like a Truck as well.

Parking is available near the entrances on three sides: along Lem Morrison and the Poultry Science parking lot, along Garden Drive and in the Arboretum parking lot off Garden Drive. Patrons are encouraged to carpool or walk. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Trolling: an Evening with George Hardy will be held rain or shine and has been declared an Alabama Bicentennial Event as it coincides with the 2018 theme – “Honoring Our People.” To learn more about the Alabama Bicentennial effort in Lee County, visit For more information about the Donald E. Davis Arboretum, visit To learn more about events, activities and programs hosted by the City of Auburn / Auburn Parks and Recreation, visit To stay up-to-date on this event cancellations or delays, please join our Facebook event group at If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Whitney Morris at or 334.501.2948 by Friday, March 23.

  • April 13, 2018 at 6pm – 11pm
  • Donald E. Davis Arboretum
    181 Garden Dr
    Auburn, AL 36849
    United States
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