The Troll Hunter (Trolljegeren, 2010)

Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud), Johanna (Johanna Mørck) and Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) are three aspiring filmmakers attempting to document the work of alleged bear poacher Hans (Otto Jespersen). Tracking their subject to a stretch of woodland, they are surprised to find him fleeing the trees amid frenzied screams of “Troll”. Sceptical, the group decide to accompany the “troll hunter” on his rounds – tasked as he claims to be with killing any troll which dares escape the designated territories littering Norway.

Following a slight case of found-footage fatigue – hot off the tails of REC and Cloverfield – you could be forgiven for thinking the genre overcrowded. Rather than feeling tired or derivative, however, The Troll Hunter is an engaging and innovative return to form for a technique caught up in an endless cycle of American remakes and Paranormal Activity sequels.

The film’s success is largely down to star Otto Jespersen, a controversial Norwegian comedian making his big screen début. Armed with a brilliantly dry sense of Nordic humour, Jesperson breathes irreverence and wit into a role that could have skirted unintentional parody in lesser hands. This being a mocumentary – and an accomplished one at that – tongue is firmly in cheek as Hans, malcontent in his underpaid and undervalued position, addresses every delightfully absurd “myth” about the trolls in question.

Thrilling, funny and absolutely breathtaking, The Troll Hunter is an unmissable piece of stand-out cinema from director André Øvredal’s.


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