Since The Blair Witch Project first premiered there have been many interpretations of the Found Footage genre. One of the most compelling, however, is Troll Hunter. This is a spectacular slice of entertainment that uses the Mockumentary style to its advantage. An interesting story and superb effects keep you wanting more.
The plot is about three College students who meet a man they think is a poacher. It turns out that his line of work is a bit more complicated and a little less illegal. The best thing about this is that the film is actually much more story driven than you might have expected from a film called Troll Hunter. It certainly has a horror element in the crazy encounters with the different types of Trolls that the group come across. Fortunately it is not all blood, guts and disembowelment. The best scene comes at the climax when the group have a chase/fight with a particularly big Troll. As is common in this particular genre the story sadly ends on a decidedly ambiguous note.
With the exception of the many Trolls there isn’t an abundance of special effects on display. The Trolls themselves are very impressive, especially the gigantic beast that appears at the end of the film. It is quite a convincing sight when you watch a couple of the Trolls turn into stone when they are killed. Aside from that there is not much to talk about because this isn’t a massive blockbuster type film. A bit like the third Resident Evil film the locations that the characters visit are all a marvel to look at. These range from dense forests and cramped caves to a vast snow covered mountain area where the climax takes place. After the CGI the sets are the best thing about this film.
The acting is all very good. The best performance comes from Otto Jespersen who plays the role of Hans the Troll Hunter. Hans is easily the best character in the film and is certainly the most developed of them. His lone confrontation with the massive Troll at the end of the story demonstrates just how awesome he is compared to some characters you find in the Found Footage genre. It is clear from the start that he is putting a lot of effort into the role. Glenn Erland Tosterud provides a rather sympathetic performance as Thomas, the reporter of the group. Hans Morten Hansen puts similar effort into his role as Finn, the guy who wants to stop anyone from knowing about Trolls. While he is okay his performance pales by comparison to Jespersen. The same can be said about Tomas Alf Larsen who portrays the cameraman Kalle and Robin De Lano who has the role of sound recorder Johanna.
This is a fantastic film that stands out from a lot of other Found Footage films. The effects are superb and the acting is convincing. Though it isn’t perfect Troll Hunter is a fascinating film that definitely needs a watch. Paranormal Activity can move over because this is a film that has finally gotten the formula just right.