Ever since the first images and teaser clips for the Norwegian-made Trolljegeren or The Troll Hunter made their way onto the Internet last year, buzz surrounding the faux documentary has been building steadily.

André Øvredal is making a huge splash everywhere his film is shown and that trend is most likely to continue when The Troll Hunter shows to audiences at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

The Troll Hunter was written and directed by Øvredal and stars Otto Jesperen as the trolljegeren, Hans Morten Hansen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Johanna Mørck and Robert Stoltenberg.

You can watch the official trailer for The Troll Hunter below and it touts some impressive visual effects for a small budget independent film.

The film doesn’t seem to lack in the original story department either, as you can tell from the synopsis below:

A group of student filmmakers get more than they bargained for while investigating a series of mysterious bear killings only to learn that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter who is tasked with protecting Norway from giant trolls.

Five production stills have been released in advance of the midnight opening at Sundance, and thanks to the crew at Collider we get a better look at the intrepid troll hunting crew, as well as the mighty mythical beasts themselves. Take a good look at the following pictures but be sure to hide your goats:

This is one of my most anticipated films of 2011 and I’m hoping news of an American distributor picking The Troll Hunter up for a wide North American release will soon follow the Sundance screening so I can have my chance to see it in theaters. There’s no better way I can think of to watch these mammoth monsters hiding, attacking and lurching over the film crew than on a big screen.

The Troll Hunter released overseas October 29th, 2010 with no American release announced.

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Source: Collider