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Review: Troll Hunter

Mythical mockumentary
By TOM MEEK  |  June 28, 2011
2.0 2.0 Stars

"Dere's trolls in dem hills" could be the catchphrase for Hans (Otto Jespersen), the weary huntsman of the title — and it'd have to be spoken in Norwegian, too, since André Øvredal's mythical mockumentary takes place among the ravines and forests of Norway, where a troll problem exists that the public is largely unaware of. Øvredal, apparently operating on a low budget, keeps it tight, throwing in a government cover-up (they blame bears for the attacks) and the Blair Witch POV device (a shaky hand-held camera operated by a trio of students trying to find out what Hans is up to). The trolls (and you see them early on) are gaudy computer-generated FX that tower over trees and bellow like hurricanes. How the Nordic government has kept the wraps on something so conspicuous is hard to imagine, but if you just go with it, Troll Hunter may satisfy your taste for cult campiness.

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