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A very new twist to monster movies.,
This review is from: Troll Hunter [DVD] (DVD)
There's no denying that at its beginning, Troll Hunter seems like another Blair Witch Project knock-off. Not that Blair Witch began the found-footage genre, (it actually started off in 1979 with Cannibal Holocaust) but it set the standard for horror pictures, most recently emulated by the Paranormal Activity franchise. The first 20 minutes of Troll Hunter show us three university students who are also a camera crew investigating some unexplained bear deaths and a suspicious man who may be poaching them. But rather than drawing out the mystery, it takes a sharp turn and tells us matter-of-factly that of course it was trolls killing the bears.
The titular Troll Hunter extraordinaire is played by comedian Otto Jespersen and he soon decides to hell with the whole secrecy business and instead takes the crew on for a wild, faux-verite ride through troll country. Turns out there's a big government cover-up in Norway to hide the trolls from the people and when they need one taken down Jespersen's who they turn to. He gives the crew some basic lessons in troll biology during his investigation into what's been riling up the local troll population, and we get to watch the whole thing unfold.
It is very well made with excellent effects considering the budget. The trolls were also brilliantly designed and very diverse, with a traditional 'fairy tale' look and the film delves deep into the whole troll mythology. The cave scene was very well done too and unbelievably tense and the climax is well worth waiting for. I honestly can't remember the last time I enjoyed a film as much as this, it really is that good, with some very good performances and stunning Norwegian scenery. I absolutely loved it, although it won't be to everyone's taste. I am sorely tempted to give it 5/5 for pure entertainment value. In one word, amazing.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2012 21:30:32 GMT
Mrs. Marilyn M. Davies says:
I agree with this review. It sums the film up pretty well, especially the last few sentences. It was really excellent entertainment. (and the 110 was the hero)
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2013 09:36:17 GMT
Puzzle box says:
Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it. Trollhunter was a unique experience and hopefully we will see some more from the talented director. Anyway, sorry for the delayed response. I was kind of busy with work.
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