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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Many-maybe most- point of view movies don't work. "The Blair Witch Project" was total junk ("Neighbours" is more frightening-any episode), ripping off the earlier, lower budget and notably better "The Last Broadcast".

This is one of very few to really work. It is marvellous, brilliantly acted, and incredibly Norwegian. The quality of the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Troll Hunter - Nuts!
View it in the manner in which it was filmed (i.e. Tongue in cheek) and you might find this film worth your time, it is slow moving but that only adds to the allure. It kind of turns things on its head re-interpreting folklore as 'facts'. The (occasional) poor animation adds to the sense of fun. The ending is both nothing and something, who knows if you were the type who...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Troll Hunter - Nuts!, 11 Mar 2012
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View it in the manner in which it was filmed (i.e. Tongue in cheek) and you might find this film worth your time, it is slow moving but that only adds to the allure. It kind of turns things on its head re-interpreting folklore as 'facts'. The (occasional) poor animation adds to the sense of fun. The ending is both nothing and something, who knows if you were the type who believes in conspiracies, you might be drawn in. Dont expect too much of it and you will enjoy this film. Be warned it is NUTS in the best sense of the word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 6 April 2014
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Many-maybe most- point of view movies don't work. "The Blair Witch Project" was total junk ("Neighbours" is more frightening-any episode), ripping off the earlier, lower budget and notably better "The Last Broadcast".

This is one of very few to really work. It is marvellous, brilliantly acted, and incredibly Norwegian. The quality of the effects is great considering the budget (and by comparison with many big budget movies with lousy effects). It's tense and gripping, though never really frightening. Very, very humorous, and fascinating just to follow where the story leads.

A great, different "horror" movie. Highly recommended. Mind, I know people who hate it, so it's a bit marmite. As ever, my opinion is genuine, but it is only my opinion.

Apparently, Hollywood are going to remake it. That has to be dire- watch "Prophecy" to see just how bad it's going to be, although, probably alone, I thought they did improve a little on "Pulse".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Troll hunting madness, 11 April 2011
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I must say, I'm a big fan on the POV (point of view) movie movement recently taking hold of current movies ever since the Blair Witch Project phenomenom, some of the best include Cloverfield, REC 1 and 2, Paranormal activity and others and it seems the filming technique is in full swing as Norwegians take their try at the forumala with devastastingly good results.
Seeing as this wasn't a full blown hollywood production, this really did feel much more stable than most theatre movies as it had it's ground in terms of plot, character development and most definitely the CGI used.
I won't give anything away other than the fact that you MUST see this movie, put your headphones on, lights off and prepare to be entertained, humoured, scared and shocked as The Troll Hunter takes you through a mystical journey that may never again be seen by cinema. Of course like every movie it has it's negative and positive factors and I think they could have snipped it down to give the story a better flow and over pacier experience but this really is going to be one of those LOVE or HATE movies, it's definitely not for everyone.
Suggest reading up on some Norwegian folk lore and getting into the spirit before starting this up as you there are many references and hidden jokes that make this that little bit more enjoyable.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blair Troll project - only better!, 17 Mar 2012
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Tommy Dooley "Tom" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The buzz around this film means that it is a must see for any serious `world cinema' fan, so I finally got to see it. I was not expecting too much, but was really impressed by this little gem from Norway. It is a dark fantasy told as a mockumentary from `found tapes. It tells of a group of students from Volda College, who have heard about an illegal bear hunter. They decide as part of their project that they will interview him and maybe even get some action shots.

They track down Hans (played brilliantly by Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen) who is less than willing to talk to him. He drives a customised Land Rover that is so beaten up it would get a Vehicle Rectification Notice if my local Constabulary saw it on the road. So the plucky youngsters decide that they will follow him when he goes out at night. What they run into is given away by the title of the film and Hans decides to let them film him and the Fairy Tale Troll hunts as he is sick of the job.

What happens along the way is a story of how the group survive whilst tracking down rogue trolls. So is it any good? Well I absolutely loved it, it is done in chronological order as the tapes were found and is supposed to be a `rough cut', so it can jump around, but it adds to the authenticity of the thing that there are so many cuts. Obvious comparisons to `The Blair Witch Project' are fine, but this is way better than that. The special effects are good to amazing and the folklore around trolls is brilliant, we even get all the science as to why they either blow up or turn to stone when exposed to sunlight, and the whole blood of a Christian thing is thrown into the mix too. Add to that the over enthusiastic teen agers, a government conspiracy, some dodgy Polish Painters (Bear killers) and you have a whole smorgasbord of fun and action.

Director André Øvredal has done a brilliant job of getting the most from a relatively unknown cast, and has made a truly original film, So original in fact that Hollywood have already snapped up the remake rights, so see the original first. It is in Norwegian with great sub titles but also has an English dub alternative. Either one you choose this is a brilliant film that shows what a bit of imagination and some talent can do, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Spoof Documentary about the Norwegian Government hiding the Existence of Trolls, 9 Sep 2014
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William Mason (England) - See all my reviews
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This is a marvellous tongue in cheek fantasy. This "mockumentary" presumes to expose a terrible secret in its native country, Norway, namely that the Norwegian government is culpable for covering up the existence of giant trolls in the wilderness. The mockumentary is derived from the found footage of three university film-makers, who have gone missing, and comprises film taken by the students with handheld cameras, proving the existence of these trolls. The content is frequently hilarious, showing the haphazard efforts of the students to trace these mythical beings, and the mayhem which ensues whenever a troll turns up. The trolls are huge, predatory, and exceptionally dumb, they live in caves and the woods, and prey on sheep and tourists. Their lack of intelligence sometimes makes it quite easy for professional troll hunters to trap them, and one of these professionals assists the students with their search for the beasts, with sometimes startling results. The CGI for the trolls is brilliant, they look both suitably scary and sometimes dumbfounded by what's going on around them. This is a Norwegian movie with subtitles, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the film. The script is first rate, the camerawork imaginative, and the film generally has an exuberance and sense of fun which gets you hooked from the opening shots. Brilliant fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THERE'S NOBODY HOME, 1 Jun 2013
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Civilization has advanced to the point that Norway has decided to throw itself into the hand held camera, "it's real!" cinema. The film starts out with bear hunters claiming a man named "Hans" (Otto Jespersen) is poaching bears. Three college kids follow him around with a camera. Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud) is the leader. Johanna (Johanna Mørck) carries around the boom mike. Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) is the little heard, less seen man behind the camera.

Eventually the saga gets to the point where they find out Hans is a Troll Hunter. He allows them to film him as they travel the rainy countryside. What is different about this film as compared to its American counterparts is that you don't have to wait until the last two frames of the picture to see the monster/entity. The film has continuity to it and is presented in a simple chronological order. The English dubs are large white easy to read letters from a people of few words. I liked how they incorporated aspects of troll legend into the film. A good film for those who like the hand held camera cinema. I obtained my copy at Walmart for $7.50.

PARENTAL GUIDE: No F-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You'll believe it when you see it!, 29 Sep 2014
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When bears are found dead in Norway, the students of the Volda University Thomas, Johanna and the cameraman Kalle decide to investigate. They stalk the trailer of the mysterious hunter Hans expecting to find an explanation for the killings. The reluctant Hans tries to flee from the youngsters, but he agrees that they film him in action provided they follow his orders. Sooner the trio of students learns that Hans is actually a troll hunter that works for a secret government agency. Further, several dangerous trolls have escaped from their territory and Hans is assigned to eliminate them.

Well directed throughout, decent acting. The story is filmed in a documentary style like Cloverfield and has a healthy dose of dry Scandanavian humor to accent the dramatic and action sequences. Another good thing that was really good in this movie is the beautiful Norwegian nature, there are many breathtaking landscapes, the special effects were decent considering the budget.The film really held to the myths behind trolls, such as: smelling Christians, turning to stone and exploding with sunlight.

Overall a good film would recommend this to anyone. Enjoy!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Troll Hunter - Strangeley entertaining and engaging creature feature, 18 April 2012
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This is a really well done creature feature/comedy which thoroughly deserves to be a wide success. Set in Norway, in Norwegian with English subtitles, it is quirky, funny, scary and generally a good evening's entertainment.

The film is done in a documentary style. A group of students go off with a camera to track down someone they believe to be an unlicensed bear hunter. When they do find him the truth is much weirder, and soon they are drawn into the Hunter's world as he goes around Norway trying to keep the country's secret troll infestation under control.

The film has a very dry, deadpan style that makes it stand out from other comedies. Especially the Troll Hunter himself, who describes the most bizarre things with such matter-of-factness that it is difficult to doubt what he says is true. Despite the film being in Norwegian with English subtitles it is clear that the actor playing him has some real comic timing. It's not a laugh a minute film, but it definitely has a sense of humour to it.

The all important trolls are well realised, and the interaction between the cast and the CGI constructs surprisingly well done and effective. The build up to the first big `reveal' is suspenseful, and even though from the title of the film we know what to expect, the first troll on screen is still quite a shock. The way in which widely known troll lore (three billy goats gruff for example) is worked into the film is very well done, and you almost feel at times that this world that has been constructed could almost be real.

This is a great evening's entertainment, a film well worth getting. For stars.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money, 20 Sep 2014
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This is a pretty banal film and one that despite several attempts, I have not managed to make past the first 45 mins.

I bought this on recommendation from a friend who knew I was into a lot of Nordic Noir. But this was substantiated by several reviews labelling it as a kind of spoof Norwegian "Blair Witch Project" film.

It chronicles the quest of a group of young Norwegians to get behind reports of mysterious goings on in the very north of their country - and whether there is any turth in the myth about Trolls. There is no acting, sparse plot to base any on and no humour: there is certainly no irony or satire. I kept waiting, giving it the benefit of the doubt, but after 20 minutes (first time) and 45 minutes (second time), I gave up.

There a a huge number of Nordic films, dramas and comedies to get into, but this is a complete waste of money.

If anyone knows what happens in the end, let me know. But to be honest, I am not that bothered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The man from the TSS, 11 Oct 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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A found footage/monster movie, made in Norway.

First up: It's a foreign film. Everyone speaks Norwegian [apart from one minor character].

Thus: It's got subtitles.

But the dvd does allow you to choose between watching it in Norwegian, with English Language subtitles.

Or watching it with all the dialogue dubbed into English instead. If you do that, there's no subtitles of any kind whatsoever.

So every taste in this kind of thing is catered for.

Almost all the extras are solely in Norwegian with English subtitles, though. The same options don't appear for those.

The dvd begins with several trailers. Which can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote.

The film begins with captions to describe how the footage came to light. It turns out to be film of a trio of film students who attempt to make a documentary about bear killings in a remote region, where they find a mysterious hunter. Who goes after different prey entirely. He keeps the local Troll population under control and deals with those who are causing problems.

Trolls as in the mythical creatures that live under bridges that is, rather than those who lurk on the internet. Chance would be a fine thing if anyone were to hunt them.

Hans, the Troll Hunter, allows the students to film his activities. And reveals a lot about his job. Whilst on a hunt that might be the toughest he's ever faced.

This is not a movie for out and out horror fans as the Trolls barely feature. The visual effects used when they do, though, are particularly impressive and look quite convincing. As with so many found footage movies action moments do tend to be jerky and blurry as the person with the camera is forced to run.

It finds humour in presenting an absurd situation dead straight. Which is the kind of thing that will occasionally raise a slight smile rather than make you laugh.

Of the characters, Hans is a very strong character with a great deal of depth. Also very well played, the actor creating a sense of a man with lots of hidden thoughts, simply by remaining matter of fact and saying little. Thomas, one of the film students, is initially difficult to like thanks to a pushy attitude, but becomes more relateable as the story goes on. The other two tend to tag along in his wake but do have their moments.

There's stunning Norwegian scenery throughout.

The length of the film means it does seem to sag a little pace wise in the middle, when you're still getting lots of infomation thrown at you. But from the halfway point on it does become plot based, and this particular thread is followed very well, tying it all together nicely and leading to a memorable final few minutes.

These do offer great character drama but the whole thing does have a rather open ending. Which may or may not frustrate. If it does, though, that should only be a minor complaint.

All in all a wholly original and very clever piece of work. If you're in the right frame of mind for something like that, it should more than suffice.

Those who are bothered by flashing lights be aware that there are a few scenes with those in here.

There are a few extras. As mentioned you can't watch these in English:

The original trailer for the film.

Six minutes [approx] of deleted scenes.

Two minutes worth of improvisation and out takes.

Five minute worth of extended scenes.

Five minutes of showing how some visual effects shots were done. This feature has no sound or dialogue at all.

A few short photo galleries.

A four minute long preview of the film from HDNET. Which actually is in English.

And twenty three minutes worth of behind the scenes footage. Which is quite interesting and amusing at points.
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