A fresh take on mythical beasts

This pseudo documentary, Troll Hunters (2010) which portrayed itself as “discovered” footage depicts three young Norwegian students who are on a pursuit of following a suspected hunter, only to find out he was not hunting bears as they initially thought, but trolls, which the government kept from the rest of the world. It was later then revealed that he was apparently employed by the government on a secret mission to hunt for trolls in the wild. This set on a journey for them to capture these trolls using a handheld camera, which Hans, the “troll hunter” permitted them to do so. Their adventure leads them experiencing several troll encounters, running around in the forests, hiding in caves as the trolls search for them and at some point, even fighting a gigantic troll. 

This seemingly comedic horror gave us a quirky and intriguing story line presenting us with satirical humour. The audience may not exactly understand whether or not the movie aims to be hilarious or frightening. Nonetheless, it was a fun movie to watch making you feel as if you are part of their adventure as the viewer. The cinematic execution did a great job with the choice of doing wobbly shots and night time takes from the handheld camera allowed itself to be a little more frightening due to the quality of the takes, not knowing what could come out or happen next. Despite it being loaded with special effects and their height almost implausible, the way the film portrayed these towering, monstrous creatures almost make you wanna believe in their existence.

However, I did find the part where they were said to only hunt Christians a bit weird and bizarre. This explains the first part where Hans asked them to promise they were not Christians or did not believe in God. Not to mention, it was mentioned they were not visible on satellite. How can these gigantic creatures not be seen on satellite? But then again, these sci-fi films have their own takes on these genres. 

This tale of whimsical, fantastic creatures bring forth details and background about the trolls themselves too. It informs the audience much about how trolls live, their diet, habits and other scientific facts about them that could engage the audience about their existence even more, which was a great addition. 

I think the filmmaker had great ambition for this film, with his idea of presenting the wondrous landscapes of Norway and bringing to life this old-time conspiracy of trolls with a little touch of Norwegian culture. The movie does not fail in leaving you in awe of the stunning Norwegian scenery as they try to frighten you with these humongous trolls— a fresh take on mythical beasts through this pseudo documentary film.

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