Trollhunter – Not Scary or lack of budget?

To be a troll or not to be a troll? Well, trolls have traditionally been told in the Scandinavian folklore as mischievous leprechaun-like beings that live and hide in the woods and mountainous caves. In this Blair Witch Project-meets- Men in Black movie, the trolls are depicted less appealingly, not quite as scary as initially promised, and not quite charming as the folklore led us to believe. Therefore my answer to the “dilemma”, based on how trolls were depicted in the film, would sadly have to be a no. I would most likely not want to be haunted and attacked with weapons, live exclusively in the cold, gloomy, and often deserted forests of Norway. Most importantly however, I think my Christian values would contrast with the fundamental being of a troll, which lives to hunt Christians.

My first encounter with the found-footage genre was in the Blair Witch Project, which was also assembled from the found video recordings of a group of students. One reason I perceive the Blair Witch Project to have done so well was because it was able to maintain a high tension of suspense throughout the whole film. They never revealed the face of the demonic being, they kept signs of its existence in the periphery, and it installed the fear in the audience. In the case of the Troll Hunters, whilst the thought of encountering a Christian-blood lusting Troll was scary, the scenes revealing the trolls weren’t that scary, in fact it looked too fake to be scary. Perhaps what instills the biggest fear within us are from the unknown and the unseen – where they are hidden invisible deep within the forest of Norwegian forests, or it was simply the lack of budget for computer graphics that seemed to be far inferior then the first series of Jurassic Park movies.

It was nonetheless an enjoyable film however, and one element I really enjoyed in this film was its usage of the Norwegian landscape into the story – power lines, animal herds, and vast forests turns out to be part of a vast government secret attempt to keep the trolls from being revealed to the public. The misty Norwegian landscape of mountains and fjords reminded me of the documentaries on the mysterious existence of Loch Ness – briefly making me wonder if Loch Ness is being hidden by the Scottish government or not.

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