horror, part tongue-in-cheek
comedy, the amazing Norwegian film Troll Hunter (Trolljegeren) is a fantastic
film taken from the prospective of
small band of students trying to get
a scoop as they film the investigation
into whether bears really are responsible
for a valley full of dead cattle... Or Trolls!
FILMED AS IF SHOT BY AN AMATEUR FILM CREW shooting a news item that may lead
to an astounding discovery, Troll Hunter follows Volda College students
Tomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud), Johanna (Johanna Mørck) and Kalle (Tomas Alf
Larsen) as they try to uncover the truth about what has been killing and mutilating
The official line is that a Russian bear has strayed across the Norwegian border
but a group of licensed bear hunters cannot agree. Finn Haugen (Hans Morten
Hansen) of the Wildlife Board seems keen to dismiss talk of anything else, but
the youngsters smell a rat.
Following a suspected poacher, the mysterious Hans (Otto Jespersen), as he makes
his way into the remote countryside driving a Land Rover and towing a foul-smelling
caravan, the students are intent on producing a documentary. Determined to interview
Hans, they are astonished to find him rushing towards them shouting something
that sounds like "Troll!". Although he initially denies this, he eventually
agrees to co-operate with the youngsters on condition that they do exactly what
he asks of them.
By now a couple of German tourists have disappeared and the three students have
become victims of a night-time attack by something clearly more powerful than
a bear. Little realising the danger they are in, the youngsters are incredulous
as the truth gradually emerges. Hans is a troll hunter working for the TSS
the Troll Security Service an agency that is designed to prevent anyone
finding out that trolls really do exist.
Working alongside vet Hilde (Torunn Lødemel Stokkerland), Hans has become disillusioned
with his work and apparently wishes for the truth to come out. And when the
students sceptically agree to assist Hans while they film a race of creatures
thought only to exist in fairytales, one of their number is unwittingly drawing
the trolls out and placing the students in terrible peril.
One of the biggest hits with audiences at this year's Film4 Frightfest and a
major critical success during its subsequent UK theatrical release in September
2011, Troll Hunter is the debut feature of Norwegian director André Øvredal.
The movie combines the vision of Where the Wild Things Are with the faux
documentary, found-footage styling of Cloverleaf, REC and The
Blair Witch Project to produce a suspense-filled creature-feature.
Troll Hunter is a brilliant, skilfully-constructed and light-hearted
monster horror movie from the land of folklore that gives trolls a bad press!
No trolls were harmed during the making of this movie.
Troll Hunter also features: Urmila Berg-Domaas as Malica; Robert Stoltenberg
as Pole; Knut Naerum; Finn Norvald Øvredale; Kaja Halden Aarrestad; Eirik Bech;
Inge Erik Henjesand; and Benedicte Aubert Ringnes; and the trolls who play themselves!
Creative Design/Creative Concepts by Håvard S Johansen; Producers are: John
M Jacobsen and Sveinung Gelimo; Cinematography is by Hallvard Braein, fnf; and
Directed by André Øvredal.
The horror comedy Troll Hunter stomps it way on to DVD and Blu-ray, courtesy
of Momentum Pictures, on 9 January 2012. Certificate: 15 | Running Time: 103
Minutes | RRP: DVD £17.99; Blu-ray £19.99.
Special Features include: Trailer | Deleted scenes | Improves and Bloopers |
Extended Scenes | Visual Effects | Behind the Scenes | HDNet: A Look At Troll
Hunter | Photo Galleries.
"Troll Hunter is a brilliant, skilfully-constructed and light-hearted
monster horror movie from the land of folklore that gives trolls a bad press!"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar
"Spectacular fun ****" Empire
"A true one-off… it will quite simply blow you away ****" TotalFilm
"Shot through with an unexpected, often unsettling, humour ****"
"Original and highly-assured fusion of B-movie lore and fairytale terror"
The Hollywood Reporter
"Enormously entertaining" Variety
"One of the finest monster movies ever" Daily Star
"Like David Attenborough taking a stroll into Roald Dahl's brain" TotalFilm
"Clever and engaging mock documentary" The New York Times
"Fun, funny and fearless" Little White Lies
"An instant cult classic" IGN
Hvilken Venn Vi Har I Jesus (What A Friend We Have In Jesus); music to trap
trolls by Troll Hunter