Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
You believe it when you see it!
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.
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…
A very disturbing documentary on one of nature's most fierce and unbelievable creatures.
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…
A found footage movie about the troll problem in Norway. After watching this footage I can tell you they have a serious troll problem. Movie shows some college kids following a troll hunter....at first they think the troll hunter is crazy....but after a couple nights they realize they are following the Indiana Jones of troll hunters. A fun movie to watch....I enjoyed this movie....just probably not going camping in Norway anytime soon.
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Let's go troll hunting!
A mockumetary disguised as a found footage horror film, Troll Hunter is definitely the most imaginative among its genre(s). It may look like a B-movie from the outside, but once you're 10 minutes into it, you'll find yourself unable to pull your eyes away from the beautiful Norwegian landscapes, from mountains to forests to snowfields. Every troll hunting sequence is suspenseful and inventive, cleverly shot despite all the shaking from the hand-held camera. Otto Jespersen was badass as Hans the fearless troll hunter. Ending was kind of a cop out, but the edited news clip made up for it.
In sum, a pleasant surprise. Recommended, unless you're a member of the anti-found footage club.
P.S. The film actually took its time to explain why some trolls have three heads. Ingenious.
Much like Rare Exports, this is another much hyped Nordic genre film which squanders a killer concept. I did enjoy this more than the aforementioned movie, at least this didn’t feel like it was missing an entire act, but it was still a little disappointing given the good reviews and positive word of mouth.
It follows the found footage conventions to the letter which is a little disappointing as it feels rather safe and predictable, something that found footage films used to be good at avoiding. The film does get a number of things spot on: The creature designs are excellent as is the way they are realised in CGI (it is certainly helped that they are kept off screen…
+ The trolls/fx.
+ The Trollhunter himself; dry, low-key and matter-of-fact.
+ Gorgeous Norwegian scenery.
- Didn't like the constantly smirking kids (especially the girl). The movie having some tongue-in-cheek humor in it is fine, but I would prefer it if the characters weren't so in on the joke.
“Do you think Michael Moore gave up after the first try?”
This found-footage mockumentary reveals trolls to be real beasts that wander the wilderness of Norway causing destruction. Perhaps most interestingly, it treats them like large wild animals who cause havoc more through their size and strength than through any ill intent. It's a neat concept, and pulled off pretty well with some tense sequences that make good use of the genre and some decent visual effects. Although the overall pace was a little slow, I liked the design of the trolls and the lore-building details like the 'troll stench' and their seeming sensitivity to religion.
Didn't really know what I was getting into with this one, but really liked it after I settled in. Giant goofy trolls, but manages to evoke sympathy for them at least once, in a tonally perfect and comic way. A very unusual kind of movie for me. Not much else to say. Glad I saw it.
Probably the single best and in some ways most believable "found film" movie ever. Watch it, be open minded and enjoy.
Three Norwegian college students set out to film a documentary on the mysterious shootings and disappearances of many bears. While trying to conduct their interviews and pry out information for their footage, they uncover that the man they are after is a Troll Hunter and he is willing to show them everything to prove it.
Troll Hunter is a mix of comedy and dark fantasy. It is shot as a Mockumentary, and its style differs from other Mockumentary like Blair Witch Project, Rec, and Paranormal Activity. The whole film isn't captured with an unpleasant jerking and bouncing motion. Even though there are times of fast-paced camera work, it works well and is hardly noticeable because the movement of the camera…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Blair Witch Project meets the 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Sort of fun but a bit too long.
A brilliant farce that builds with excellent control (never showing too little or too much) and ends in a way that is satisfying but still leaving enough unanswered to tickle my curiosity.
The effects are spectacular, as is the premise, as is the humor. One of my recent favorites.
I am already a fan of the found footage genre, so it's not too hard to get me on board. Give me a black screen and white script at the beginning of the movie telling me that this was footage discovered in an abandon camera and I will not only suspended disbelief I will through it out the window.
That being said, this movie is something else! The way this chooses to introduce you to the world of Troll hunting lends a believability that few in the genre can say say they've achieved. Yes, that's right, I just used the word believability in reference to a movie about hunting Trolls. Not once did I think to myself "that is so…
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