TrollHunter comes from a long line of ‘found footage’ films. Like The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, and Alien Abduction: the McPherson Tape (or Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County depending on where you live) before it, TrollHunter claims to be a film made from the footage captured by amateurs, in this case three Norwegian college students. Though this may sound like a negative, TrollHunter manages to take an unoriginal format and match it with a unique and fun idea. We follow our three college students, Thomas, Johanna and Kalle as they stumble across the world of troll hunting and the cover-ups and creatures at the centre of it.
One of the many things they uncover is that it was a troll on the grassy knoll
There is much to like about TrollHunter. It does not take long for the action to get going, and once it does it moves at a good pace. The effects are impressive for a film that does not have the clout of aHollywood budget behind it. These trolls look real, big and scary. While it might not have as many explosions or things that go ‘boom’ as your typical blockbuster, it is undoubtedly more entertaining.
The dedication to the ‘found footage’ format is also commendable. At one point in the film the camera falls and there is a crack on the lens. Instead of disappearing in the next scene the broken lens is there for a good four or five minutes. The sound quality is also not always perfect. Some may find this annoying, but this just adds to the realism of TrollHunter, and makes it a more effective film.
The limitations of the format do take away from the film sometimes, unfortunately. There are times when you want the camera to be pointing at the action, when instead everyone’s running and it’s pointing at the ground. While this adds to the film’s realism, it does get aggravating. It is also hard to shake the feeling of ‘been there, seen that’ when everyone is just running around the woods looking scared. TrollHunter may be an original idea, but it’s hard to shake the comparisons to its predecessors.
There are a few similarities between TrollHunter and another film where people run around scared in the woods….
Films that are as original, entertaining, fun and most importantly, not terrible, as this do not come around very often. If you are not a fan of the Cloverfields of this world, this may not be for you. In which case, what’s wrong with you? It’s a film called TrollHunter. Who wouldn’t like the sound of that? Watch it now. Before the inevitable remake set inAlaska with Shia LaBeouf and Andy Serkis doing the motion capture for every troll.
Andy Serkis: future troll
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a drink: whenever someone says ‘troll’
Chug a beer: whenever someone is running from a troll
Drink a shot: every time a troll is killed