A number of noteworthy pics that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival will be hitting theaters in the upcoming months. Besides attention-grabbing titles like Hobo with a Shotgun and Our Idiot Brother, there’s also the foreign-language mockumentary known as Troll Hunter (previously, The Troll Hunter) to keep an eye out for as well.
Now there’s a second trailer out for Troll Hunter, a Blair Witch Project-style “found footage” flick that follows a trio of Norwegian university students as they set out on a most unexpected and bizarre adventure.
Here is an official description of Troll Hunter:
Shot in a verite style, TROLL HUNTER is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy.
Comedian Otto Jespersen stars in the film as the titular character, a government employee who has devoted much of his life to secretly keeping the troll population in check. Having tired of the tedious and strenuous nature of the occupation – for which he is woefully underpaid – the peculiar Troll Hunter eventually invites the college students along to document his work.
Check out the Troll Hunter trailer below:
Full confession: I’ve actually already seen Troll Hunter, and I’d say it’s overall a pretty entertaining fake-documentary pic. Despite what the trailer (sort of) implies, the movie is neither a moody horror flick in the vein of Blair Witch or Paranormal Activity - nor is it an action-packed thrill ride like Cloverfield. Troll Hunter is much more a horror-comedy that often feels like an actual documentary (read: lots of scenes involving daily life routines and traveling).
Troll Hunter also cleverly combines real-life Norwegian landmarks with CGI to create the illusion that there are actual multi-headed trolls roaming the countryside. There’s also a good deal of genuinely amusing humor that revolves around traditional troll folklore and superstition.
If you’re not a fan of “found footage” movies on principle, then you’ll probably want to pass on Troll Hunter, since it has all the standard elements of titles from that genre (messy camerawork, loosely structured plot, etc.). Otherwise, I’d recommend giving it a look.
The Troll Hunter will be available on VOD next month on May 6th. It’ll begin a limited theatrical release later on June 10th.