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TrollHunter (2010)

Original title:  Trolljegeren

Director:  André Øvredal

Writer:  André Øvredal & Håvard S. Johansen

Cast:  Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Mørck, & Tomas Alf Larsen

Rated:  PG-13

Video Review | Blu-ray | Rotten Tomatoes


That phrase sums up the whole film when the lead character, the troll hunter, runs out and screams this line in the film. 

First of all I would recommend everyone watch this movie.  It is a ton of fun.  I was actually caught off guard by how much I like it.  There I was at 2 in the morning, glued to the screen watching a movie about trolls.  It is a breath of fresh air in a very stale horror market these days.  That is why I loved it so much.  Because it’s so different than everything else coming out these days.  That is what the genre needs.  People need to take note of it.  Well, Hollywood already has and they have a remake set in motion for 2014.

This film is from Norway and is a shot on video, found footage style.  Yeah I know that seems to be done to death lately but it really works well in this one.   A documentary film crew is following a man who they think is a bear poacher.  Well it turns out that he is in fact a troll hunter.  He agrees to let them follow him and film his hunting of trolls if they follow a few rules.  Trolls have a great sense of smell and can in fact smell Christian blood.  So the crew has to confirm that none of them believe in Jesus.  As you can imagine things do not go as planned.

This film is very tongue-in-cheek but also takes itself very seriously at the same time.  Throughout the film it is if you are living in a world where Trolls actually exist.    I enjoyed this aspect of the film.  It reminded me of watching movies as a child.  I would think this would be a great movie for kids too.  Probably ages 10 and up depending on their maturity level.  It is rated PG-13 for “sequences of creature terror”.  Aside from that I don’t see anything inappropriate for younger viewers.

This is one is very reminiscent of some of the giant monster movies that I cut my teeth on.  Night of the Lepus and some of the Godzilla movies immediately popped into my mind.  There are also lots of great comedic moments in there as well.  In my experience, subtitled foreign films usually have a hard time translating comedy due to the language barrier but I did get quite a few great laughs during my viewing.

I do not really have much negative to say about TrollHunter.  The only minor thing I will mention is the CGI used in the film.  It is not bad at all but I think it could have been a little better.   I know this is an independent movie with a limited budget but some of the sequences did take me out of the film a bit.  It would be impossible to make this movie without some form of CGI.  I know it is a little nitpicky but it is the only negative thing I could think of.

So if you have a young one who enjoys horror/fantasy or you just want to feel like a kid again, checks it out!  The movie looks great on Blu-ray disc and you will love seeing the beautiful Norwegian mountains in HD quality.