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Trollhunter is a mockumentary with an appropriate level of creeping dread, but one that also benefits from generous helpings of dry wit.



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Shot in a vérité style, Trollhunter 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. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, Trollhunter delivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore." -- (C) Official Site

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  • The film is shot with handheld cameras in the standard mockumentary style, but the content is often hilarious, especially when the trolls show up.

    Dec 13, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Jespersen is a veteran comedian and he uses all his gravitas and dry wit to make us care about a lonely man on the verge of a crisis of faith.

    Sep 9, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • The scenes involving the trolls themselves are spectacular, but somehow not scary exactly: they look too absurd for that.

    Sep 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Given that the cast improvised all the scenes live on set, the dialogue has a surprising ring of truth, and is shot through with an unexpected, often unsettling, humour.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • hardly the first film to lend authenticity to the utterly implausible by mimicking the modalities of reportage (see The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield), but it is distinguished by both a deep seam of deadpan humour and a strong sense of place.

    Aug 30, 2011
  • It's so steeped in troll and paranoia lore, it risks boring you with the details at times. But it also makes you more inclined to believe it, and the frights are real enough.

    Aug 19, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4

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