Review of Trolljegeren (Trollhunter)
(2010) André Øvredal Director
Starring Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johannah Mørk, and Tomas Alf Larsen
I will start by saying I am not a fan of “found film” horror movies and horror “documentaries”. My opinion of The Blair Witch Project was that the characters would have accidentally killed themselves tying there shoes. I found Paranormal Activity equally disappointing. AThat being said I didn’t go into Trollhunter with high hopes. Oh the joy of being surprised.
The film tells the story of a group of university students who set out to find a suspected bear poacher and come upon a much more interesting story. What they discover and what the Norwegian government is trying to hide is that trolls are real.
Yes, yes, anyone who’s spent anytime on the internet already knows this but I am not talking about those trolls. I’m talking about the kinds of trolls that live under bridges. The kind that steal and eat sheep. The kind that can smell the blood of a Christian man.
In all honesty the film is less scary than it is an examination of one man’s job. Otto Jesperson plays Hans the Trollhunter. He is a man who is tired of the secrecy, the cover ups, and the lies. To that end he agrees to allow the film crew to follow him as he tries to discover why the trolls have left their hunting grounds.
The film fortunately does not suffer from the two banes of the found film genre; shaky cameras and lens flare. In fact the camera work paints a beautiful picture of the Norwegian countryside. The actors are believable in their roles of college students. The government employee who Hans reports to is excellently played as well. His reluctance to explain why the people can’t be told about the existence of trolls comes across as a genuine character trait rather than poor writing.
If you want to see a good movie and don’t mind subtitles (and if you do I don’t fucking care because dubbing foreign movies into English is a horrid practice and should be outlawed) then catch Trollhunter.
This film is currently available on netflix. Get used to me saying that because I’m trying to clear my queue.