A trio of students from a local college follow a suspected poacher but when they discover he works for a state sanctioned troll management agency, he allows them to film him perform his secret work.
Yet another faux “actual footage” pseudo-documentary from the Blair Witch school, Troll Hunter at least has an inventive premise and a sense of humour about what it’s doing. It’s all very tongue in cheek and the cast are actually quite believable and naturalistic in their roles; Otto Jesperson’s jaded hunter is good fun, playing his part like a dejected Crocodile Dundee fed up of his thankless task. But thanks to the format, all we really get is more wobbly cam footage of people running around in the woods and hiding in caves just like Blair With itself; in fact thanks to some spectacular Scandinavian scenery, a lot of the time it looks like a promo from the Norwegian tourist board. The biggest problem with it however is despite its sense of humour, it just isn’t funny enough; it’s mildly amusing whenever the government bureaucrat who’s trying to cover up the existence of the trolls appears, but it’s never laugh out loud funny and without any real drama or spectacle it needed more laughs.
The closing battle with the giant troll is very well done and it would’ve made an amusing short, but a few computer generated Muppets and some woodland aerobics just isn’t enough to maintain the interest for nearly two hours.