If you follow the site at all you may have seen the trailer for the movie The Troll Hunter (or Trolljegeren, it’s Norwegian), well I finally got around to checking it out last night and while it was cool it still left a little something to be desired. The story follows 3 students as they set out to film a documentary about a poacher in the area that is illegally killing bears. After following him into the woods one night they soon discover that he’s not poaching bears, but something far worse… After Hans, the poacher, disappears into the woods the kids begin to look for him hoping to catch him in the act of killing a bear, but all of a sudden there are bright flashes of light seen through the trees and Hans comes running towards them yelling”troll!”. Everyone starts running back to Hans car who then gives them a lift back to their car which they find overturned and destroyed. Hans explains to them that it was a troll and that he would let them film him now as they try to kill this particular troll. The story progresses from there as Hans begins to open up about the world of troll hunting.
The movie wasn’t bad by any means, but I just didn’t feel like it built up the suspense as I would have liked. I will say that they did a great job with the CG on the actual trolls. I was expecting some terrible looking trolls seeing as how it seemed like the movie was a lower budget, but I was pleasantly surprised with how well the trolls looked and sounded. I actually felt like the trolls were real and really lived in this environment. As for the story, it progressed pretty well and there were only a couple instances that were a little bit slow, but overall the pace of the movie was good. I would have liked to have seen the trolls eating more people/animals as well as a more developed ending, which was my biggest complaint. I know that they were going for the real documentary feel akin to The Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity, but at least at the end of those two movies it left me startled and kept my mind racing, in this one I just felt like the ending fell flat.
If you’re a fan of the first person, found footage movies then I would definitely suggest checking this one out. It’s not nearly as corny as it sounds and while it is foreign and you’ll have to read subtitles if you’re not Norwegian, it’s not hard to follow what’s going on and during most of the action scenes they aren’t even talking so you can pay attention to what’s happening on the screen. So while not the greatest found footage movie I’ve ever seen, it’s definitely worth a look.