A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

Writer: André Øvredal, Håvard S. Johansen
Director:  André Øvredal
Stars: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg and Knut Nærum
Runtime: 103 Minutes
Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn

There is a massive conspiracy led by the Norwegian Government that is killing creatures that have roamed the beautiful mountains, forests and countryside of Norway for thousands of years.  Before the footage in “Troll Hunter” was leaked to a film studio and made into this revealing film, no more than a handful of people knew of their existence.

Three university film students Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud) his sound girl Johanna (Johanna Morck) and their camera man (Tomas Alf Larsen) head out on a mission at the beginning of the footage to expose an unlicensed bear poacher that has the public in a stir.  After some investigative research they find a man named Hans (Otto Jespersen) a man who seemingly disappears during the night coming back in his tattered Land Rover to his oddly decorated shack in the mountains each morning.   Believing that he must be the man killing the bears, they push for an interview and a look into his nocturnal actions.  Following him deep into the woods one dark night, they uncover more than they were ever hoping for.

They hear extremely loud growls off in the distance, accompanied by shaking from the tallest trees as they heroically capture the first footage of the beasts that live in the Norwegian woods!  Hans runs madly back toward his Land Rover screaming at them to run but yelling only one word, “Troll”!

They escaped from danger that night with Hans flashing his bright lights at the three story tall troll turning him into stone.   The next day Thomas and his crew persist and are finally invited by Hans into the world of Troll Hunting.  Hans explains his history of being in the armed forces and that he has been the sole troll hunter in Norway for the past 20 years.  He teaches the film crew about the different species of Trolls, where they live, how long they have existed, their incapability of processing vitamin D turning them into stone when exposed to light and their desire to hunt and kill anyone with Christian Blood.  He talks about the massive cover up by the government, concealing the trolls’ existence from the population for thousands of years, how he is sick of killing t

species, sick of the cover up, and sick of not getting night pay. He allows the film crew to follow him, see the Trolls first hand, and tell the story to the masses.

The story is a “Blair Witch Projecty” documentary with suspense, fear, comedy, beautiful landscapes and Trolls!  It is an interesting and enlightening film that is entertaining if in the right mood.  Its pace is a little unsteady remembering that I checked the remaining time at afew of points throughout the experience but overall I finished well entertained and informed.  If you are in the mood for a subtitled, pretty fun ride, sit back enjoy and learn.

Medium Popcorn.


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