Going Troll Hunting…


troll hunter poster

Tyson Carter got me thinking again, this time about Trolls!

If anyone has already read Tyson’s timely article, you and he will know exactly why I am reminded of Trolls. They may exist in the blogosphere, an unwelcome by-product of envy and ill-conceived attempts at publicity, unwittingly alienating the same audience the vast majority of us work hard to embrace and support. To that particular Troll – good hustle buddy, you really excelled yourself.

Anyway, last week I went out on a limb and re-posted the very first review I ever wrote. I asked for thoughts on re-posting and the overwhelming opinion was that it was okay – phewwww! And many of you already did this – great!

Obviously, I have no issue with it and with Trolls on the blogosphere horizon I revisited Troll Hunter.

This was the second review I ever wrote and after I looked back I realised it only got one like ;'( It’s fair to say I’m hoping for more this time. I am not intending to make this a habit but the timing for this one couldn’t be better.

So…be on your guard for Trolls, ignore them if you can and don’t make eye contact, you may never win.

In the meantime, take a look at my review and if you haven’t seen Troll Hunter, check it out.

Rock and Troll!

Trolls only exist in fairy tales, right? Think again!

Troll Hunter begins with the inevitable real video footage testimony, whilst as ever trying to create a sense of realism, dissatisfies slightly these days after now having over two decades of the supposed steady cam genre, pioneered by The Blair Witch Project and carried on by Cloverfield and REC. Troll Hunter has no need to sell itself this way as we all know what’s in store. Happily, this is only a small gripe in this immensely enjoyable monster ride.

The hunt begins while three students are investigating suspicious bear killings in the cold and bleak, yet beautiful Norwegian wilderness. They begin to monitor the movements of a locally known caravan dwelling hunter, whose initial dismissals do nothing to deter the naive students from their curiosity, but we all know what curiosity did. Sheer persistence leads them into the wilderness where the hunter’s real prey is stunningly revealed.

Trollll!!!

We soon realise that there are more to Trolls than just what we believe from fairy tales and here begins a tremendously fun and stunning troll hunt which leads us into some terrific and sometimes terrifying encounters.

The trolls are fantastically brought to life with seamless CG, terrific sound and superb creature design, splendidly giving these predators their own characteristics and features with more realism than the lesser garden varieties seen in LOTR and Harry Potter.

It is the unique design that gives real belief in these creatures which is later supported with a believable scientific insight that trolls are more than mere creatures but are a vulnerable living species that “eat, s**t and mate”.

It is the lone troll hunter whose job it is to control their movements; possibly for their own good, not just ours.

Troll Conservationist?

It’s our hunter – Hans who provides the gripping and often hilarious insights into the variety, behaviour and long history of trolls and is more than just the stereotypical veteran, his vague back story provides a past glimpse of his suitability as “someone who could” hunt trolls and a remorseful history that suggests he is not just a brutal slayer. This guy lives and breathes his work but is also just a frustrated employee, having his own axe to grind which self-justifies his agreement to allow his role responsibilities to be recorded.

The Norwegian Landscapes look beautiful and may well turn out to be next on your list of holiday destinations. Bleak, haunting and open snowy backdrops provide tremendous scale for our troll battlefields.

The students are realistic, more believable and likeable than the polished protagonists of Cloverfield, marching on with a charming adventurous spirit, buoyed by the euphoria and realisation from their first troll pursuit, which is then slowly eroded away by each sapping troll encounter, but it is Hans who is the true human star of the show.

A fantastic climactic pursuit echoes the rear view mirror perspective of the iconic T-Rex assault of Jurassic Park and so comparisons with other monster mashes are inevitable, but Troll hunter manages to feel more unique, striving for a more believable tone, putting meat on the bones of troll fables; they have always existed in the real world, in many unique forms and are nothing like the unknown other world invaders we have seen before.

Troll Hunter creatively brings the troll myth to life with some stunning set piece action and amazingly unique creature design, and is a believable monster ride that may also do wonders for Norwegian tourism. Just don’t book any place near to massive electricity pylons – you may get more from your holiday than just a dodgy T-Shirt!

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29 responses to “Going Troll Hunting…

  1. I remember seeing this in Family Video before. I should’ve picked it up then! It looked very “independent/artsy.” Also, the “found footage” genre was actually pioneered by ‘Cannibal Holocaust,’ an extremely gory horror/exploitation film in 1980, not ‘The Blair Witch Project’ in 1999.

  2. Thanks for the link mate, perfect timing! Damn Trolls :)

    I liked this film, had seen the best bits on trailers foolishly, but still liked it. Nice write up Kev

  3. This was a fun flick, no doubt. For a low budget movie they managed some decent special effects, and then let the found footage nature carry it the rest of the way. 4/5 seems spot on Kev!

  4. Fine stuff here my man! I liked this film, as you know, it takes the whole found-footage deal to another level. The effects were great as well. I’m not normally a fan of found-footage but this and recently Chronicle have renewed my faith.

    • I think you maybe my friend. Defo recommend it. I loved it. Some of the effects are really believable and the trolls are well characterised.

  5. So is this exactly the same as the original review or did you adjust it prior to posting? I am asking as I was thinking of fixing some of my early efforts as they look so terrible compared to the eloquent prose I now use. ;-)

    • This had a couple of changes mainly grammar and some slight wording. It’s pretty much the same. I wanted to demonstrate (hopefully) progress in the writing but if it’s satisfactory, where I can, I leave it alone. I would defo recommend editing to you’re content with your work, it is yours after all. ;)

    • Maaaaan I never got to play that game but was thinking of getting the collection on ps3, you’re quite right it used it’s budget extremely well and I get what you mean the scale was striking.

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