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  • Actors: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg and Knut NÃ|rum
  • Directors: Andre Ovredal
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Norwegian, English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Aug. 23 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0057GUFO8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,195 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The Norwegian comedy-fantasy Troll Hunter, a surprise art-house hit across the globe, posits an intriguing question--what if monsters of folklore and popular culture existed, but were kept hidden by the government?--and delivers the results in a clever, faux-documentary format that underscores both the special effects and the satire. Controversial comedian Otto Jespersen is the title character, a world-weary, working-class stiff assigned by a bureaucratic agency to track and eliminate dangerous trolls from the Scandinavian countryside. The lack of respect and notoriety afforded by his job convinces Jespersen to allow a naive collegiate film crew to follow him on his hunts, which nicely balance quirky humor with genuine moments of suspense and some impressive CGI special effects for the trolls. Genre fans' appreciation for the "shaky-cam" subgenre (The Blair Witch Project, [REC], Cloverfield) will undoubtedly affect how they feel about Troll Hunter--the film's light comedy will certainly be lost on those unwilling to either believe or tolerate the idea of another film comprised of "found footage." But more forgiving viewers will be thankful for the rather seamless incorporation of the CGI trolls, all imaginatively rendered as part fairy-tale image and part biological specimen, into live-action scenes, as well as the dryly humorous satire of government "special projects." Pacing is also occasionally an issue--though beautiful, the Norwegian landscape receives far too much coverage--but for the patient, Troll Hunter is a unique and clever experience. --Paul Gaita

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Civilization has advanced to the point that Norway has decided to throw itself into the hand held camera, "it's real!" cinema. The film starts out with bear hunters claiming a man named "Hans" (Otto Jespersen) is poaching bears. Three college kids follow him around with a camera. Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud) is the leader. Johanna (Johanna Mørck) carries around the boom mike. Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) is the little heard, less seen man behind the camera.

Eventually the saga gets to the point where they find out Hans is a Troll Hunter. He allows them to film him as they travel the rainy countryside. What is different about this film as compared to its American counterparts is that you don't have to wait until the last two frames of the picture to see the monster/entity. The film has continuity to it and is presented in a simple chronological order. The English dubs are large white easy to read letters from a people of few words. I liked how they incorporated aspects of troll legend into the film. A good film for those who like the hand held camera cinema. I obtained my copy at Walmart for $7.50.

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By Tommy Dooley HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 17 2012
Format: DVD
The buzz around this film means that it is a must see for any serious 'world cinema' fan, so I finally got to see it. I was not expecting too much, but was really impressed by this little gem from Norway. It is a dark fantasy told as a mockumentary from 'found tapes. It tells of a group of students from Volda College, who have heard about an illegal bear hunter. They decide as part of their project that they will interview him and maybe even get some action shots.

They track down Hans (played brilliantly by Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen) who is less than willing to talk to him. He drives a customised Land Rover that is so beaten up it would get a Vehicle Rectification Notice if my local Constabulary saw it o the road. So the plucky youngsters decide that they will follow him when he goes out at night. What they run into is given away by the title of the film and Hans decides to let them film him and the Fairy Tale Troll hunts as he is sick of the job.

What happens along the way is a story of how the group survive whilst tracking down rogue trolls. So is it any good? Well I absolutely loved it, it is done in chronological order as the tapes were found and is supposed to be a 'rough cut', so it can jump around, but it adds to the authenticity of the thing that there are so many cuts. Obvious comparisons to 'The Blair Witch Project' are fine, but this is way better than that. The special effects are good to amazing and the folklore around trolls is brilliant, we even get all the science as to why they either blow up or turn to stone when exposed to sunlight, and the whole blood of a Christian thing is thrown into the mix too.
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Troll hunter uses common filming techniques yet still somehow manages to come off as fresh. When I first turned on the movie i recieved a feeling of doubt. This doubt was brought on by the fact that troll hunter uses the 'found foutage' technique that has been used in almost every genre already. They try and be all serious about it too an claim that you are watching real footage and not a movie. ok whatever its been done lets continue. Luckily once the trolls show up the movie becomes very cool and origonal feeling. it felt like i was watching a documentary only the subject was totally fictisious and the film crew treated it like it was genuine. This gave the movie a very unique feel almost comparable to man bites dog. unfortunatly we werent given enough of a good thing and at times the movie is dragged down by facts and learning experiences when all we really want to see is TROLLS! all in all though by the end im glad i saw it and welcome it as one of the more refreshing movies of 2011.
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I got (and watched) the 'Troll Hunter' flik on the recommendation of a fellow horror/fantasy film friend - so I figured that it must have 'something' going for it. I'd have to admit that it almost 'lost me' in its' starting scenes - between the heavy handed & previously over-used "found footage' premise, funky English language dubbing, and amateurish hand-held video-cam 'reality TV' cinematography & acting it seemed like it wasn't going anywhere very interesting. But after the first actual troll encounter things started looking up and then the 'subtle' satirical elements started to be revealed and everything sorta 'fell into place' and started to be 'fun'. One of the prime elements that made the film enjoyable was the fact that the 'trolls' are BIG - not some goofy little goblin scaled guys in troll suits - these are awesome King Kong scaled critters that present a pretty tangible threat to the folks that are tracking them. I'm not all that up on my troll mythology, but fortunately the 'troll hunter' character is and he knows how to 'take care of them' - turning them to stone then going to great lengths to obliterate even the stone effigies until there is virtually no residual evidence of the creature's existence - all part of the purported governmental 'cover-up' plot that is part of the underlying concept. By the time the final humungous 'mountain troll' is dealt with the viewer is firmly 'on board' with the whole silly/fantastic premise and 90 odd minutes have slipped effortlessly by. The viewer also gets sort of a travelogue through some stunning fall & winter Norwegian landscapes. The disk includes a pile of behind the scenes extras and out-take sorta material. While a little 'clunky' in some aspects, this is still one of the most amusing & satisfying cryptozoological themed fliks I've ever seen - so now I will 'highly recommend' it too!
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