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TrollHunter (2011)

Otto Jespersen , Robert Stoltenberg  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Tomas Alf Larsen, Urmila Berg-Domaas
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051T47NQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "TrollHunter" on IMDb

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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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The government says there's nothing to worry about it's just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don't believe it and neither do a trio of college students who want to find out the truth. Armed with a video camera, they trail a mysterious poacher, who wants nothing to do with them. However, their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: trolls. They soon find themselves documenting every move of this grizzled, unlikely hero the trollhunter risking their lives to uncover the secrets of creatures only thought to exist in fairy tales.

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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, intelligent and just plain fun to watch June 26, 2011
Format:DVD
This film demonstrates how mockumentaries should be made. The film never takes itself too serious and is just plain fun. The trolls look like doofy monsters from the Grimms Fairy-Tales and are not like the monsters you see in animated kid flicks. As Troll Hunter explains, fairy-tales and real life are not the same. Trolls are just dumb animals and as animals they act on their instinctive behavior. And why are the trolls in the movie being hunted down? Well, you will see if you watch the movie.

Now even though this movie is just for fun, do not think it is all people trying to kill trolls. There are some clever elements thrown in for people that pay attention. I found the way things were explained how trolls are affected differently by sunlight interesting (hey, for a fake movie the logic made sense). I also like the way some classic fairy-tale elements (think of some goats and a bridge) and Norwegian folklore were brought in to explain troll behavior. I also like the fact there are different kinds of trolls instead of the same CGI creature reappearing over and over again. Each troll has a distinctive personality and level of danger. I also liked the way natural occurrences people take for granted throughout the film are explained cleverly as troll behavior.

The action scenes are well worth the wait and the acting is good for a low budget independent film about hunting down trolls. Is the film an Academy Award winner? By no means! Is it a fun movie to sit back to and enjoy? Absolutely! I would recommend at least finding a way to rent this movie. It's well worth 1 hr and 44 minutes of your time.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Norweigan films can do Hollywood one better May 13, 2011
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I had heard of this film from MovieBob over at the Escapistmagazine.com and rented it on his recommendation. And I can see why he loved this movie so much. Possible spoilers, but I'll try to keep them to a minimum.

Under the presumption of a bear poacher, a trio of college students set out to find out whats going on with a rash of dead bears across the country side. By the name of the title, you can see what they end up uncovering. Very soon they come to find out that not only are trolls real, the fairy tales behind them aren't all lies, nor truths.

What I love most about this movie is the camera work. That may sound a bit weird, but after watching "Cloverfield," you'll like the camera work too. The camera is steady nearly all the time, with realistic small bounces as the camera person runs, but only shakes terribly when dropped, which makes sense. It lets you really get a look at the trolls when they have their fleeting moments on camera. Just long enough to get a true sense of what they look like, but scarce enough to still leave you with a sense of wonder in the world's forgotten creatures.

The characters are nicely done too. The Trollhunter himself is nicely portrayed as a man sick of the secrecy, and terrible conditions of his job. The college kids do a nice job of being just some naive people who get in over their heads once the reality of the situations set in. And the trolls are nicely characterized by their actions, and reactions.

The CG is pretty good, nothing to make your jaw drop in disbelief, but used to do what is needed to be done. Plus the beautiful countryside makes for some nice scenery as their journey progresses, from the fogged in shorelines, to the plains of snow up in the mountains.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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The Troll Hunter or Trolljegeren is a Norwegian monster movie portrayed as if it is real recovered footage of a man who hunts trolls and the student journalists who follow him. It is written and directed by André Øvredal, a name to keep an eye on for sure. Here is a film that works with a modest budget and takes an absolutely absurd concept and somehow forces it through as realistic a lens as possible. Sure, it's easy now to just brush off these mokumentary movies as gimmicks, because there have been quite a few of them from Man Bites Dog to The Blair Witch Project and to the more recent Quarantine (or the superior movie [Rec] that it was based on). There have been misses of course with this method but more often than not its use has been effective in making a scenario seem more authentic and the horror of it all the more compelling and enjoyable. I'm past believing the mokumentary set-up is hackneyed now. It seems to me a very legitimate way of making movies seem more real, especially in an age where computerized images dominate big budget Hollywood pictures and unwittingly request that real cinephiles stretch our suspension of disbelief well beyond at least my own comfort zone. So I'm a proponent of the possibilities of the mokumentary horror film after watching this little gem that contains all the elements to make every frame fun and believable. It is particularly highlighted by Otto Jespersen's Hans; the film's title role. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun!
This movie sucked me right in. Great performances, fun story. I have shared this movie with friends with no regrets - all loved it!
Published 2 days ago by Brian Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem
This film I just kind of heard about via an unknown source and decided to give it a watch. Pretty beautiful really. Read more
Published 2 days ago by ToastG
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I like the informal documentary style of this movie. It would be nice to see more trolls, but it is well understood that they can't do so much with the style they made the movie... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Scott Strohmeier
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting idea executed
it's a mix between a documentary and a godzilla movie. some of the graphics were not great but the regular effects were cool. Think more district 9 with less action
Published 4 days ago by Michael Feola
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Send-Up of Fairy Tales, Religion & Government Conspiracies!
I LOVE mock-serious parodies like this, SUCH deadpan delivery and fantastic detail, it could ALMOST be real. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Trancelucence
5.0 out of 5 stars TrollHunter
This was something recommended by a friend who hadn't seen it at the time and it has turned out to be one of my favorite discoveries in recent years! Read more
Published 4 days ago by Stew
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Watched this because of the relatively high rating for such a strange movie. The trolls were interesting; sort of Peter Jackson LOTR-ish, but not even that good since we only see... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Larry David
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem of a movie
It's really a fantastic movie. I was skeptical but the special effects and atmosphere are perfect. It's funny and creepy in the best possible ways.
Published 7 days ago by Anthony Lozzi
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I first ran across this on cable. I only watched it out of boredom...expected it to be junk. Instead I really loved it. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Douglas C. Orr
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
This movie is in the same vein as "The Blair Witch Project". It has the same 'real feel' in the way it is filmed.
Published 8 days ago by Aaron Lopez
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