Troll Hunter Review
A group of students investigates 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.
Released in 2011
Over the last couple of years the world has gone mad for all things Scandinavian and Troll Hunter is another piece of media from this part of the world that has made its mark on world cinema. Troll hunter from director André Øvredal is different to Let The Right One In and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in that it is not taken from a successful novel so has had to make its own mark without any previous.
Setting of on a filming assignment, 3 students from Volda College have set themselves the mission of getting to the bottom of a bear hunting problem that has arisen in the Norwegian countryside. Being a strictly regulated operation in Norway, alarm bells start ringing when bears are being found dead that have not been shot by registered hunters. After a tip they start following the mysterious Hans, a man that they have been informed is a poacher.
Trailing Hans eventually leads to a confrontation, and after a couple of meetings, he agrees to show them what he is actually hunting, Trolls! The students obviously take him for a idiot, but when he agrees to take them on a hunt, they soon have to change their minds.
The investigation then takes them on a tour of Norway's countryside hunting Trolls with Hans and learning all is not what it seems when it comes to the truth that everyone would want you to believe.
The camera work will obviously lead most people to like this film to Blair Witch Project, but the shaking camera in the chases and switches between night vision and normal filming are done to a much higher standard and do not leave the viewer feeling like they want to throw up! Beautiful scenery shots of the fjords, forests and countryside add to this well set up film. Other comparisons like the before and afters in the credits about found film and denials from governments have been used before in films like Cloverfield, but fit well in to the story.
As for the Trolls, well, we are introduced to many shapes and sizes and get to learn all about Norwegian folklore on the subject, we even get to see them frequenting under bridges!
All in all a great effort on a small budget, and another fine export from our Scandinavian friends, more please!