Troll Hunter: This is a “found footage” mockumentary. Sort of. There is no way I can know whether there is humor lost in translation, linguistically or culturally. For example, the names of the different breeds of troll are untranslated. Is this because they are the actual names of folklore trolls? If I knew the folklore would I understand? Or are they a joke?
In any case, they play it straight, even when lining up three billy goats on a bridge as troll bait. There are funny moments, but I kept getting pulled in because the actors are actually pretty good. Better than is probably required for a shaky-cam Blair Witch-stye film.
The scenery is just gorgeous, and I wonder if all of Norway is like that, or if they got a kickback from the Tourist Board.
Overall, I liked it, it was in turns light-hearted and desperate. I like to imagine how I would react in a situation like that, and I fancy I’d do better than they did — but probably would just get eaten the very first chance I got.
Worth a watch, certainly. And this is me, in the back row, turning to stone.
The Troll Hunter (Norwegian: Trolljegeren) (2010) Written and directed by André Øvredal, and starring Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Mørck, Tomas Alf Larsen and Hans Morten Hansen.