170 mandatory viewing experiences.
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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.
A very disturbing documentary on one of nature's most fierce and unbelievable creatures.
Bettering films like "The Blair Witch Project" by adding deeper mythology, richer themes, and more effective filmmaking, Norway's "Troll Hunter" is a neatly assembled, highly exciting found-footage horror film. Andre Øvreda's film combines monster-movie adventure, hunted-humans horror, and documentary-style urgency for a film that is swift, good-looking, and fully entertaining.
Purported to be the footage of an amateur documentary crew whose investigation into bear-killings turns into something else entirely, "Troll Hunter" uses the found footage format to create a film that is gripping, slyly amusing, and almost political. Finding themselves following a government endorsed troll hunter, the crew members capture the hunter in action as he works to make the countryside safe from the legendary beasts.
"Troll Hunter" could have…
After 3 recommendations to watch this movie popped up on my Mothman Prophecies review, I decided fate was dealing me a hand I had to play.
Troll Hunter is a little found footage film that follows an amateur film crew that gets taken under the wing of a mysterious hunter who claims he hunts in the middle of the night for the government. He drives a beat up van, has a stereotypical facial scar, and he keeps to himself.
If you aren't already at least moderately interested in this movie, I don't know how to help…
Part of Hoop Tober
Since it's part of the rules of the Hoop Tober challenge to review every film and I do not really have much time to write right now, my reviews of all these horror films will be shorter than usual, but I'll try to keep them just as sweet.
It's strange how a film manages to be so creative and sadly unsurprising at the same time. There is a lot of craftsmanship and brilliant originality surrounding the world of trolls and the mythology that is in this film, Øvredal creates this fascinating world paying attention to detail and goes deep with his love for the amazing creature, giving us a lot of insight and making up delicious…
Another found footage movie but this one is a cut above most of the other films of this type saturating the horror market. Three college students are investigating a spate of bear killings in the Norwegian country side, at first the think it is the work of an unlicensed poacher but when they start following him they realise he isn't the one doing the killing........
For a fairly low budget movie it looks really good, with the trolls themselves giant life-like creatures, the acting is solid throughout with Otto Jespersen being the stand-out as the titular Troll Hunter, an unassuming bad-ass, always cool as a cucumber, i could have watched a whole film of him telling his matter of fact…
Part of my Scavenger Hunt #2 list. Task:
28. A film that actually changed your mind or opinion about something.
This movie made me believe that trolls really exists.
No, but seriously, Troll Hunter came as a big surprise, me not being able to even imagine a Scandinavian country making this kind of movie work. And not only does Troll Hunter work, it rocks. Go Norway!
Being a Swede I grew up with John Bauer trolls. My grandmother has a big collection of John Bauer trolls - and Bauer-ish troll figurines. The trolls in Troll Hunter is more of those from the Norse mythology though; grumpy raging giants, but not without some of the charm from the trolls I grew…
The "found footage" approach was cool when it first popped up in the 90s. Now it seems to come off as parody. In fact, I'm still not sure if "Troll Hunter" was supposed to be a black comedy or not. It's so goofy at times, yet continues to play with a straight face. Granted I'm not accustomed to Norwegian humor. Perhaps it's supposed to be parody of the found footage style and the crazies who hunt legendary creatures. Perhaps we're being trolled as an audience (pun intended).
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I’m sure it wasn’t the first, but The Blare Witch Project can certainly lay claim to popularising the found footage genre of movie making. It was such a hit at the time, it turned me off. There’s no way a movie based on a gimmick, that became that popular, could actually be good. Maybe I was wrong, but I don’t know because I’ve still never seen it. But more than turning me off that one movie, it tuned me off the entire concept, and I had never seen a single found footage movie. Until today, when I watched Troll Hunter. I didn’t know I was about to break my self-imposed found footage drought, I was just looking for an interesting…
Really well made. It's a pity that it's found footage, but it works well with it. The trolls all look good and the story is captivating. Very cool.
Typically I don't like found footage but this was done well enough to turn into quite a good film, it didn't take itself too seriously which meant it had enough humour which for a film about troll hunting is going to be needed. The CGI Troll was far better than expected, although I wasn't expecting to see it, but to have to imagine it from a description.
I expected this to be terrible, and it's actually pretty good. Don't judge this by its cover.
Nulla di particolarmente rilevante.
Preso così per farsi due risate, va pure bene.. La realizzazione è credibile, rapportata al soggetto e al budget a disposizione, ed il tono è divertente e grottesco.
Un pò noioso alla lunga, anche perchè alla fine è solo una mostra dei vari tipi di troll, la trama diventa inconsistente e i limiti tecnici si fanno sentire.
Non conoscendo l'attualità norvegese forse mi sono perso alcuni spunti, parallelismi e soprattutto parte dell'ironia sulla quale è costruita la storia.
This was entertaining. Almost like Cloverfield, but there is a story and it is a lot funnier.
Sehr außergewöhnlicher Film im Found-Footage Stil. Spannend inszeniert und würde es nicht um Trolle gehen würde man ihn echt für real halten.
My former list was dated, messy and incomplete. So I decided to create a new one.
Top 100 HM from…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).