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TrollHunter/ Trolljegeren

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
6.21 /10
Otto Jespersen , Glenn Erland Tosterud, Hans Morten Hansen
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Directed by: Andre Ovredal
Written by: Andre Ovredal

Released: 2010
Origin: Norway
Colour: C
Length: 103

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Enormously entertaining chiller... While The Troll Hunter isn't necessarily scary outright, what makes the project so effective is the way it immerses us in a situation where we must figure out the rules alongside the characters as they go. The rough-cut premise allows Ovredal to abruptly splice bits of handheld footage together, orchestrating a sense of refreshing irreverence and jumpy anticipation without calling too much attention to the presence of a director. The camerawork feels intuitive, taking time during the more intense moments to register the protags' reactions, while also straining to get the best glimpse of the trolls themselves -- and this is where the film distinguishes itself from Cloverfield, REC or any number of similar stunts, which subscribe to the Jaws hide-the-shark school of suspense.
(Peter Debruge, Variety)
The Troll Hunter injects inventiveness, folkloric idiosyncrasy and deadpan humor into the overexploited faux-documentary trend. A generous dollop of Jurassic Park inspiration doesn't hurt either.
(Hollywood Reporter)
One of the many pleasures of the Norwegian director Andre Ovredal's clever and engaging mock documentary Trollhunter is the way it plays with the idea of the supernatural rule book.
(Mike Hale, New York Times)
Andre Ovredal's dry horror-comedy Trollhunter is successful on multiple levels, with a brisk pace, excellent location work and a strong lead performance by Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen.
(Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle)
Before Trollhunter is done with, the truth about these fairy-tale creatures - they gnaw on trees and truck tires, can be turned to stone by exposure to light, and have something against people who believe in Christ - is revealed.
(Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer)
Troll Hunter comes together perfectly at the film's lightning-fast finish, as the troll hunter and the college filmmakers attempt to outrun a gigantic troll in a frantic chase across the frozen tundra. It emerges as one of those rare genre films with legitimate crossover potential. It's also a fantasy movie too good to be limited to the fan boys. Troll Hunter is a wild and wacky trip for everyone.
(Steve Ramos, Box Office)
Trollhunter paints Hans as an unacknowledged Norwegian hero, a tip of the hat to those who perform dangerous and thankless tasks for the good of others. At least there is a hinted romance in his relationship with the veterinarian who analyzes a blood sample for an ailing Ringlefinch (collected with great personal risk by baiting a bridge with a goat). The work also takes place in a series of stunning Norwegian landscapes that highlight its valleys, mountains and fiords, the last sequence, in far northern regions, almost alien in its harshness and isolation.
(Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews)
A monster movie with a love for mountainous, tree-lined Scandinavian scenery and an even greater love for setting memorably ugly, hulking and destructive mythological creatures against it.
(Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times)
Trollhunter is the best 'found footage' movie ever.
(Fred Topel, Screen Junkies)
This film ranks right up there with fellow Scandanavian film Lat Den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In). They’re both genre-changing films for completely different reasons. The Troll Hunter is a fun and suspenseful thrill-ride through picturesque Norwegian mountains and forests... A great acting performance by Jespersen, his tough as leather and sage portrayal of Hans was spot on. The 3 students had ample amounts of questioning and fear permeating through their performances. Amping up the degree of difficulty, all their acting had to be done with an imaginary Troll. The monsters were of course CGI added in afterwards. Written and directed by Andre Ovredal, the film is unusually smart, with explanations a plenty on the science, biology and management of Trolls. The pacing was great and unlike the UK Monsters film, there is a lot of monster action going around. There’s one last part of this review that must be stated. The film is funny! Not punchline funny, but it’s got that great Norwegian deadpan sense of humor going on. Made for around $3 Million USD, it’s an amazing small sum for such a hugely fun movie. Bravo!
(David Tam, Cinema Liberated)
Part of the fun of The Troll Hunter is watching the title character go about his business with a bored, almost routine look upon his frazzled face. Even better are the inferences that, without him, Norway would eventually be overrun by these mammoth beasts. Jespersen, a comedian in his home country, has a wonderfully expressive persona that wears every beleaguered truth across its broad bearded terrain. He looks the part, and Ovredal does a great job of making everything seem real and authentic. Granted, this is perceivably nothing more than a great gimmick expanded beyond the standard resume reel experience. Thanks to the attention to detail and stellar star performance, The Troll Hunter is terrific.
(Bill Gibron,
It’s that combination of down-to-earth earnestness, horror movie convention and understated humor that makes TrollHunter so enjoyable. By cunningly but stylishly mimicking the on-the-fly appearance of documentary footage Hallvard Braein’s cinematography fits the conception perfectly, as does Per Erik Eriksen’s canny editing, which manages to seem haphazard while actually showing a delicate control. Mention must also be made of Baard Haugan Ingebretsen’s sound design, realized by Andreas Revheim, which adds enormously to the impact. TrollHunter is a sly, cheeky movie that shows how an old genre can be successfully resuscitated when approached with imagination rather than just a big budget.
(Frank Swietek, One Guy’s Opinion)
Fun Fact No. 1: Trolls have a deficit of red blood cells, a physiological anomaly that causes them to turn to stone – or explode – when they encounter ultraviolet light. Also, they reek. Troll lore old and new (they can live to be 1,200 years old; they tend to bang their heads on the underside of highway overpasses!) cling like lichen on a dead, um, troll to this fantastical and wholly unique faux documentary from Norway, land of giants. Well, not entirely unique: Stylistically, Trollhunter's cinematic forebears include the pseudo found-footage shocker The Blair Witch Project and Ruggero Deodato's cringe- and gag-reflex-inducing Cannibal Holocaust, although here the heightened sense of the extremely weird borders on the farcically surreal. Thomas (Tosterud), Johanna (Morck), and Kalle (Larsen) are a trio of film students investigating a series of apparently random cattle killings near their picturesque hometown of Volda, Norway. After meeting with a group of professional bear hunters, the kids are tipped off to the existence of a potential poacher and immediately stake out his RV home with the hope of making a documentary about him. As it turns out, the gruff, bearded Hans (Jespersen) is tracking prey far more dangerous than any bear, and is in fact Norway's man in the field, as it were, in the troll-hunting biz. A state secret for centuries, the existence of these hulking, omnivorous throwbacks is closely guarded and indeed denied entirely by the powers that be. That hasn't stopped members of the mountain- and forest-dwelling troll population from occasionally going rogue and straying into populated areas, of course. That's where Hans comes in, driving his UV-bedecked Range Rover over hill and dale in an ongoing search for wayward trolls. "It's a terrible job," says Hans. "There's no overtime, no nuisance pay," he sighs. There's also no guarantee that he'll make it back alive as three-headed, old-growth mountains gone sentient grunt, feast, and scratch their behemoth behinds like outsized Homer Simpsons. Ovredal's delightfully bizarre film takes itself just seriously enough to be tremendously fun. Buoyed by top-notch digital effects – you'll believe a troll can lurch! – and a surprisingly affecting turn from Jespersen as a man who really, really loathes his job, Trollhunter plays like the Brothers Grimm meets Cloverfield with a hint of Monty Python-esque ridiculousness. For a small indie film from Norway, Trollhunter rocks it gargantuan style and then some.
(Mark Savlov, Austin Chronicle)
You'll want to catch this clever movie before Hollywood ruins everything with a dumb remake.
(V.A. Musetto, New York Post)
Astonishing, exhilarating, unique.
(Robbie Collin, News of the World)
Trust me - you’ve never seen anything like this before.
(David Edwards, Daily Mirror)
After a festival of heavy brooding dramas The Troll Hunter was a breath of fresh air, a lively adventure film using the now-entrenched found footage technique mixed with a fun b-movie creature-feature genre... This peculiar Scandinavian sense of humour, the incorporation of Norwegian mythology, and even a little bit of black metal heard in the end credits make this a uniquely Norwegian action/horror film.
(Alan Bacchus, Daily Film Dose)
With its found-footage premise, this film feels like a cross between The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield, but it's actually far more original than either as it playfully takes us on a riotous romp into troll mythology.
(Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall)
The scenes involving the trolls themselves are spectacular, but somehow not scary exactly: they look too absurd for that. Real fear is to be found when the trolls are just invisible forces deep within the beautiful landscape.
(Peter Braddhaw, Guardian)

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