Help, I’m Being Attacked by Trolls!

Not this kind:


This kind:


My feature film Healing River was released on Amazon Prime a week and a half ago, and so far it has been rated a perfect 5 out of 5 by viewers! (They’ve also written wonderful reviews). The producers and I are thrilled, but not completely surprised. After all, it played to cheers at sneak previews and has received over 20 festival awards, nominations and selections. We couldn’t be happier. However…

The Trolls aren’t happy (the internet kind, not the cuddly kind). Or then again, maybe they are. As soon as the influential IMDb (Internet Movie Database) began accepting ratings, before anyone who’d actually seen it got there, trolls began rating the film a 1 out 10 points, the lowest possible score, actually ranking it below the worst movies ever made, movies like The Room, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and (interestingly) Troll 2, infamous flops made by befuddled amateurs who had no clue what they were doing (our cast and crew are seasoned, award-winning professionals). But that’s not the point.

The trolls haven’t actually seen Healing River! In fact, according to IMDb data, almost half of the ultra-low ratings are from from countries where the movie hasn’t even been released! But then trolls attack just for the sake of attacking. Why? According to internet psychologists, there isn’t a why. Trolls attack anything people care about (they’re known for mocking families of mass shooting victims). They take pleasure in hurting anything perceived as good (the term troll derives from the Old Norse word for “demon”).

Help us drive away the trolls! Watch Healing River at Amazon, rate it (and write a brief review), then go to IMDb (you’ll need an account, but it’s quick and free). Then look for the star next to the movie’s title and rate it according to how you honestly felt about it. If you’ve already seen Healing River, head straight for IMDb now!  P.S. Rate a few other movies while you’re there (IMDb devalues ratings by people who only rate one film.)

Thank you!

The Official Healing River Trailer

To watch or order the movie, click here.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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70 Responses to Help, I’m Being Attacked by Trolls!

  1. River Dixon says:

    That’s really lame, Mitch. Sorry it’s happening. I’ll watch the film and leave an honest review on both sites.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Laura says:

    That is so frustrating Mitch! A Christian book I recently reviewed (about women in the church) is having a similar issue with amazon reviews. A group of folks who dislike what the book is about is getting people to leave 1 star reviews, even though they have not read the book. So unfair and not very Christian like either!!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Wm. Allen says:

    I can’t understand the thought process behind anyone doing anything like that to any kind of film, without first seeing it. Film making is so challenging, every film make deserves some degree of respect and their films should receive a fair hearing rather than a rating from someone who has not even seen the film. This is just terrible.

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  4. Been there, done that, and you have my sympathies. rest assured that anyone worth their salt understands that there are dark forces at work which automatically post hate; they can and will just be filtered out. Best of luck with the film, I’ll look out for it.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Heidi Viars says:

    Hmm … if you are making demons mad, you are definitely on the right track, my friend!
    Praying for the Lord to do mighty works through all your hard work and obedience!!!! God won’t be stopped!

    Liked by 6 people

  6. Sorry that’s happening to this fine movie. I loved the book. There’s such power in the words. But this film is spectacular!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. pastorpete51 says:

    I’d like to rent this but I wonder if it is in HD and our television which I stream to from the laptop is not will this still play in lower definition. Sorry Mitch we’re hopelessly out of date.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. simplywendi says:

    I am so very sorry that this is happening to you. I have to admit I started watching it and I had to stop because it brought out so many powerful emotions and I wasn’t in the place to handle them. I will watch the entire movie and leave an honest review………I could already tell it was very moving.

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  9. numrhood says:

    received over the age of mitch’s father festival awards


  10. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Just now I rated your film a “10” (You know how much I loved it!) and noticed your score is already rising. The trolls will NOT win–they’re on the losing side!

    Liked by 3 people

  11. Mich,I took time to see your film🤗it was so much needed at this time. I am recommending it to others. I couldn’t leave a note, it wouldn’t let me, I gave it a well deserved 10 stars, I truly felt the emotions of the film, I loved it can’t wait to see the next one.Sorry those trolls have nothing else to do😪.Thank you for a movie with a story line of God, love and community that is family.Again looking forward,Donna of  “Talking with Donna”Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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  12. I’m appalled and saddened to hear of the trolling, Mitch. And sorry you have to experience it. I think I’m ever sorrier for the people whose lives are so empty that this is how they get their jollies. What kind of life is that? I don’t get it, never will….

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  13. c.f. leach says:

    Gotcha. No worries. Wanted to ask you something but I don’t want to put it in the reply inbox. When you arent’ too busy could you please contact me at Thanks. Blessings and Peace.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Gersom Clark says:

    Congratulations on your movie, Mitch! I’ll check if it is available for rent in our region. Trolls are also notorious in our country, some of them are even paid. Don’t mind them or they’ll win. GOD bless you!

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  15. Grrrrrrrr. Now the Lady Quixote in me wants to FIGHT. Trolls, not windmills. I’m serious.

    I like what Heidi Viars said: “if you are making demons mad, you are definitely on the right track.” Amen!

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  16. What an awful thing to happen Mitch. I will go and watch and leave a review for you.

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  17. Ps just watched the trailer and I’m in tears – it looks awesome!

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  18. Garfield Hug says:

    Hi Mitch, I could not leave a review somehow. Maybe not from Asia. But it is a good movie. Thank you for a job well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mitchteemley says:

      Thank you! Are you in Singapore? If so, how were you able to watch the movie, since it’s only been released on Amazon Prime in North America so far?


      • Garfield Hug says:

        Yes, I am in Singapore. I could through a friend living in N America. She watched it and I watched through her laptop screen same time but different time zone I had to sync. You are right that content is blocked here and it said for North America. I promised. Worth the trouble with thanks to teleconference😉


      • mitchteemley says:

        Well, good on you, you tech wiz!


  19. Mitch, I’m introducing your blog to my enchanting new fb friend Stephany, who lives in the UK…

    Thanks, Ray ..

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  20. Christine Williams says:

    This is a inspiring, and very uplifting film. I encourage everyone to see it and then decide. All of the sccolades and film awarda are not wrong. This film deserves every single one!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. I’m sorry this is happening. How ironic though that a group of people intent on hurting someone would try to do that to a movie with a title that has exactly what these folks need – healing.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. I am so sorry for you Trolls Suck
    Rise up and laugh at them

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Really powerful and moving film my girlfriend and i were really touched by it.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Eliza says:

    Why do people do that?

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Ann Coleman says:

    I’m so sorry, Mitch! I’ll never understand what motivates people to act like that! I’ll do my best to leave an honest review. All I know for sure is that if the movie is anything like the trailer, I’ll love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  26. robstroud says:

    IMDB posted my full review there. Under my IMDB “identity,” Livius Andronicus.

    The trolls were there at Calvary… but so were the saints, and the angels. Keep up the great work sharing the Good News.

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  29. Hi Mitch. I can get IMBD on my Fire TV and have marked this one to watch later. I like trolls but at the moment am tied up making face masks for the people around me. Next time I take a breather I will definitely watch. I always give good reviews unless it’s one I really, really hate, but always give the reason if I hate it. So far in my lifetime I’ve only given 2 bad reviews on items I’ve received from my pharmacy (their impossible to navigate website and incompetent or missing pharmacists) and the power chair with the wheels that stand out from the chassis and make me trip each time I go near it. Really, someone in need of a power chair that is intent on committing murder when she goes near it. So far a broken leg is the worst, but I can see the trolls — or maybe my poltergeist, laughing at me each time I go near it. Wish me luck on this. I have to go out tomorrow and it’s sitting there leering at me.

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  31. Divyen Gadhavi says:

    I watch trailer it’s looks very interesting and it’s about forgiveness. Really good topic. I definitely see the whole movie.

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