Trollhunter (2010 Norway)

The start of this flick has a brief introduction about how this camera footage was found and edited into this movie, and that no one knows what became of the people who shot it.  Sound sort of like The Blair Witch Project? Yeah, it is exactly like that, almost word-for-word.  Anyway, three students from a Norwegian university are making some kind of documentary about bears.  They hear the local bear hunters talking about a suspected poacher they frequently see around, and the film crew decides to run with that as the focus of their doc.  They track the guy down at a campground and he declines an interview.  They then proceed to follow him around the country for a few days, and notice that he is pretty suspicious, but they can’t nail down what exactly his deal is.  One night they follow him into the woods and begin to hear odd noises.  They then see their guy sprinting out of the trees and screaming ‘TROLL’!  They take off and eventually take shelter behind the guy’s truck, just as a huge three-headed troll bursts out of the tree line in front of them.  The hunter turns on some ultraviolet lights, and as quick as he showed up the troll has been turned to stone.

The hunter decides that since they have already seen this, that the kids can go ahead and tag along with him.  He has been hunting trolls that have escaped from their contained areas for 30+ years, and is sick of his job and wants the world to know what the government has been hiding all this time.  He complains about his pay and lack of benefits, but he is really concerned that he is killing an important part of the environment; and while he says that they are just stupid beasts, you can tell that he feels bad for them.  After a few more hunts things take a turn for the worse, when the hunter gets a call that says one of the troll blood samples he sent in tested positive for rabies.  So now there are rabid trolls on the loose? Shit.  They end up getting stuck in a mine that is home to a nest of trolls and one of the students is killed, but that isn’t their biggest problem.  The government is on to the fact that they’re filming this and doesn’t take to kindly to that.  Although it isn’t shown in the footage, we are lead to believe that they were killed by ‘the man’ because of what they saw.

Alex’s Thoughts:  I saw a preview of this movie a while back and wanted to see it, just because it looked kind of goofy.  Not Syfy channel goofy/campy, just a little different from what I’ve been watching.  It was a bit odd at times, but I also though that it was really good.  Sure the idea of people hunting monsters from fairy tales is corny, but how is that any different from a movie about zombies or vampires.  It has a very unique storyline, and yeah the effects are pretty bad, but this is one of those movies where that doesn’t matter so much.  It was well paced, and even in the parts where there wasn’t a lot of action, they did a good job building tension and advancing the idea of how there creatures could exist and we not know about them.  In a nutshell this is a movie about the environment and doing the right thing, but it never gets too preachy about it, and that works out well for me.  If you can stand another shaky camera ‘found footage’ movie, you might enjoy this one.  I sure did.  Alex Rates This Movie 8/10  

Tim’s Thoughts: I had no idea what this was about going into it, and 20 minutes in, I was thinking to myself, “I am so sick of found footage movies” but then stuff started happening.  I couldn’t help but sit with my eyes glued to the screen. The unique monster choice sets this apart from the run of the mill shakey-cam movie, it adds a new mythology, so you aren’t just sitting there knowing how to kill/capture the monsters, and any other “rules” that may apply. I really enjoyed this, and if you don’t mind reading your movie, then I think you will enjoy it too. Tim Rates This Movie: 8/10

“I hate this fucking job.”

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