“Troll Hunter” is what “The Blair Witch Project” could have been. The “found footage” routine is getting a bit tired, but “Troll Hunter” keeps it really fresh by fleshing out the characters and drawing them into the story as actors in it, as opposed to cinematographers recording it.
A group of students head out into the wilds of Norway, stalking a bear poacher only to find that their subject isn’t hunting bears at all – he’s on the hunt for larger game: trolls. Thrust into his world, they decide to ride out the storm and see what the life of this troll hunter – as well as the lives of his quarry – is all about.
The effects, for the most part, were surprisingly good. The film bogs down a bit with some corny routines about the government Troll Security Service, but for the most part it does a great job of paying homage to the old Nordic tales of trolls. The “blood of a Christian man” was a nice touch that lent itself to more than a few really well-done humorous moments.
This is a movie with some heart. The blood and gore is minimal and there are only a handful of intense dramatic moments, but it’s very well-paced overall, without the giant chunks of dead time that “Blair Witch” had. A few bits of travel that could have been trimmed down and the occasional snarky joke are about all that I could find wrong with this film and considering the limited resources, that’s quite an accomplishment. Hunt this down and see for yourself!