Nothing says appetizing like troll piss. Movie Night strayed away from it’s B-movie roots last night when we decided to venture out of our familiar comfort zone and watch the import from Norway, Troll Hunter. I had heard good things and thought it would be a great opportunity to see what troll’s looked like intoxicated. The trolls weren’t drunk of course, but the Old Speckled Hen I was consuming made sure I was. (For your enjoyment the Troll Hunter Drinking Game is at the bottom of this page)
Troll Hunter was released in Norway in 2010 but we weren’t lucky enough to get it here in North America until June of 2011. Troll Hunter is filmed in a mockumentary fashion making you believe you’re watching lost footage kept secret by the government. It starts out about college students filming a documentary on a serial bear poacher. During their investigation they meet up with the suspected poacher, Hans, and literally stalk him into the night where they find his truck abandoned in the woods. They’re soon face to face with Hans where he informs them they should run by screaming the safe word “TROLL!!” The student’s car is destroyed by the giant troll and Hans decides it’s best to just take them with him. And that’s where their journey begins, the film keeps rolling as Hans gives up all the deep dark secrets about trolls and how he hunts them. The description was extremely generic to not give away any spoilers.
Troll Hunter is fantastic, that is, if you don’t mind subtitles. Even fairly inebriated I had no problem reading and keeping up with the story. The filming was spot on, the part of Norway they filmed in was gorgeous, and the troll animations were brilliant. The trolls were designed so well and the animations added into the film were done so flawlessly, it really looked like they were moving and knocking down trees right in front of you. I also liked their take on how the government hid the trolls from the general public. Blaming the trolls ground shaking walk on earthquakes. “Fencing” in trolls by using acres of large power lines. It was all quite interesting. Troll Hunter isn’t an action packed thrill ride, although it does have it’s moments, instead it engages you with the relationship between Hans and Thomas, one of the students. Hans seems to want to instill all his knowledge of troll hunting to Thomas who is very excited and interested about all of it. As the movie progressed I almost felt it was going to end with Hans passing the proverbial torch to Thomas. The conclusion of the movie is spectacular and ends just at the right time. Troll Hunter is an experience not to be missed.
Troll Hunter Drinking Game
- Anytime anyone says “Troll”. *drink*
- Anytime you see goo/ooze. *drink*
- Anytime you see flashing lights. *drink*
- Anytime the name “Thomas” is said. *drink*
It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s easy and you’ll get your drinks worth. Trust me.
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