"Trollhunter (2010/Blu-ray/Magnolia Entertainment)" Review

Synopsis: Three students enter the Norwegian woods to film a documentary on a bear poacher named Hans. When they find him, he claims that bear hunting is just a ruse, and that he actually tracks trolls for the Norwegian government! This footage captures the trio as they follow Hans deep into the forest. If the hunter's story is true, they'll have the makings of the best student film in history.

Review: This is once again another film that I am glad that I only saw the trailer to it and never read one thing about it or even seen one review about it because it made the film more mysterious about what was going to happen. On a side note I think I will stick with that method for more movies for now on! The only thing outside of what the trailer shows of the film that I heard about was people comparing this film to other films like "Cloverfield" and "Blair Witch Project", which in alot of way I can see why they did. This film basically takes the idea of the first person view from a camera and makes it fun once again like I thought was done with Cloverfield. Being a huge fan of monster films and creature features I was really stoked to see one about Trolls in a more serious manner.
 Instead of making the Trolls seem like vicious monsters that are hell bent on killing everything and are attacking cities or making people into food (yes I am referring to Troll 2) they show them in a light as if they were just another wild animal, which at times made me feel some emotion for them. They also very much keep to the true mythology of Trolls which makes the film seem so oddly real at times. Which that brings me to the case of the CGI effects, normally a film like this that is not as well known would usually have horrible CGI, but in this case they did an amazing job on the Trolls and really made them seem so realistic and lifelike.
 Now when it comes to the other characters I must say that I really enjoyed their performances especially Hans who in my book is the new bad ass of film characters! For example there is a scene when Hans has to try and get blood from a Troll and he puts on this armor and has this huge syringe and goes to take blood and the Troll slams him against the side of the bridge hard and then he gets up like nothing happened and simply asks for the syringe because he must go get the blood!
Overall this is one of the best creature features to come out in quite sometime and I highly recommend anyone into these types of films to go pick this one up now!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Andre Ovredal
Genre: Horror/Action
Blu-Ray/DVD Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 2010
Time Length: 103 mins.
Company: Magnet/Magnolia Home Entertainment
Website: www.magpictures.com