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Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter (2010)

Directed by André Øvredal

Starring Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg and Knut Nærum

 

It has taken almost 10 months for Troll Hunter to get a cinematic release in the UK since it was released in its country of origin Norway. The film follows the popular handheld cam style as to make the film seem real. It states at the start of the film that the footage you are about to see has been found and cut down as to show you the most important bits.

The story is of three college students making a documentary about bear hunters in Norway, however they come across a guy who isn’t hunting bears, he is hunting trolls. They follow him and film what he is up to as to finally show the world that trolls do exist.

The film is pretty clever by showing different types of trolls throughout the film and never bores the viewer by repeating the same encounters. The film does have its scary and tense moments, especially when they switch to night vision mode, but also has its enjoyable and funny parts. The scenery of Norway is fantastic and considering the film is all shot on handheld camera it looks absolutely fantastic.

This film is not supposed to be a scary thrill a minute film, it is supposed to be funny too and it delivers on every part. With my disappointment of the other found footage film of the summer, Apollo 18, Troll Hunter has re-shown my faith in this style of film and why they can work.

My only problem with great foreign films like this, and previously Rec (2007), Hollywood comes knocking and want to remake it so that people don’t have to read the subtitles. Just like the Rec remake, Quarantine (2008), i will not be watching it.

Fans of found footage films should see this, i would even go as far as fans of cinema should go and see this film. It’s nervy, funny, fantastic looking and doesn’t take itself overly seriously.

 

Film Fact

The film contains several references to old Scandinavian folklore including the scene with the goats on a bridge and a troll under it which is a nod to “Three Billy Goats Gruff”

 

 

Apollo 18

Apollo 18 (2011)

Directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego

 

 

Possible Spoilers

 

Apollo 18 tells the story of the 3 astronauts who went to the moon and the reasons why we never went back. The film is supposed to be found footage that has been released as to make the film feel real much like The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity and, one of my favourites, Rec.

This film just doesn’t have the same scare factor or reality to the other films that have all previously used the concept of found footage. The film’s special effects look ok and could be believable as real footage and the acting was mostly ok however the directing of the film just didn’t seem right. It was slow in places and contained a possible plot hole.

 

There was nothing new in this film that we haven’t seen before and it could have been a lot better had we seen more, watch the film and you’ll see what i mean. The plot hole at the end could be worked around but it still lends to the fact that the direction and writing of this film wasn’t correct and should have been worked on a bit more considering the teasers and trailers we got before the film’s release actually showed real promise.

All in all I’m glad i watched it and if you are a fan of the scary found footage films i would recommend watching it, maybe not in the cinema, but just don’t expect to see anything new or exciting.

 

Film Fact 

All footage from the film was supposed to of been cut down from 10 hours’ worth of real found footage which was all uploaded to www.lunartruth.com. This site does not work amid rumours that NASA has had it removed……