Review: The Troll Hunter (2011)

“TRRROOOLLL!!!”

The Troll Hunter is a ‘found footage’ mockumentary film set around Norway. The film stars Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Johanna Møreck,  Knut Nærum, Robert Stoltenberg and Glenn Erland Tosterud. The film was directed by André Øvredal and is solely in Norwegian.

A group of students investigate a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

The entire set-up of the film relies on the audience, if your not willing to except this as what it is then you’ll find a hard time enjoying it. I took the film as I saw it, a fun tongue in cheek romp which made it more enjoyable and to a certain degree, more believable. I think if it went down the real serious route then it would of alienated audiences and the film would ultimately fail.

Now I’m not an expert on ‘found footage’ films as the all tend to be horror titles which isn’t my cup of tea, so I can’t really comment on the style of the genre as much as I’d hope to. The documentary style of the footage did feel very genuine, keeping it simple with a cameraman, sound recorder and a journalist.

Now the main talking point are the Trolls themselves. The initial introduction of the first left me feeling slightly embarrassed and worried at what the next lot would look like. I think it just the design of the first one that was a bit ‘off’. As soon as we see the rest of the various Trolls my faith was restored, they looked really good! Considering the budget of The Troll Hunter as well. The film reminded me of Gareth Edwards ‘Monsters’ which came out last year and was very impressive with what seems a tiny budget in terms of filmmaking.

The actors equally play there parts in making this mockumentary succesful as they appear genuine and believable, especially Hans ‘The Troll Hunter’ who is nothing short of epic.

Overall I found The Troll Hunter to be very enjoyable and was impressed with the effects and style of the filming. I think it did lose some of its pace half way through though but it managed to recover. There is talk of a US remake already, lets see if they can keep the same spirit as the current one.

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