What does one make of André Øvredal's "found footage" so-called horror film, TrollHunter [Trolljegeren]. I skipped it at this year's Melbourne International Film Festival, but it's high ranking amongst the audience voting piqued my interest. A recent DVD release coupled with a day of bedridden rest afforded me an opportunity to watch it and I am seriously perplexed. What exactly was it that my fellow MIFF-sters, and other audiences alike, found within this Norwegian curiosity?
TrollHunter is a mockumentary type of scary flick that sees three Scandinavian college reporters stumble across an environmental news story with quite big ramifications. Turns out trolls really do exist and they, ahem, troll across Norway wreaking havoc that a local government organisation manipulates into being labelled "natural disasters" or, more frequently, bear attacks. Right off the bat, TrollHunter is incredibly indebted to the far superior The Blair Witch Project. Everything from the two-guys-/-one-girl dynamic to even the clothes they wear. It's terribly distracting since that 1999 horror classic is so very much better than this bizarre effort from debut director Øvredal. I couldn't even tell whether his film was meant to be scary, what with the frequent scenes that don't attempt to fright and moments of apparent comedy that I guess is what they intended with the scene involving heavy duty flatulence. It wasn't until I looked at the film's IMDb profile and I saw its genre listed as "horror" that I figured I was meant to find some of this scary. Although, perhaps it's just me, but the idea of trolls doesn't exactly get me shaking in my boots. As visually impressive as these beasts are - and don't get me wrong, the visual effects are fantastic - they're not scary creatures.
other nasty trolls across the pond. C-