This is a found footage film done spectacularly well. A group of college students in Norway are doing a documentary about bear poachers. They follow one very suspicious hunter only to discover he isn’t poaching bears; he’s hunting Trolls.
The movie is awesome. The pacing is just about perfect as they slowly show more and more of the Trolls, while simultaneously explaining their history. They even manage to mix in some fantasy elements, since Trolls come from Norse mythology.
The effects in the movie are outstanding. For a lower budget film ($3.5 million US), it looks grand. The Trolls, and there are a bunch of them, each have their own distinct look and behaviors. Also, they give an amazing sense of scale. When these things are around, you just feel their presence.
Even though it is a found footage movie, they still take advantage of the sweeping fjord-land. It had a much more cinematic feel than most found footage films, especially the more expensive ones that often try too hard to look cheap.
They just announced the film is being remade for US audiences, naturally. God forbid US audiences read subtitles. The depressing thing is it has Neil Marshall attached to it, who is an incredible director that should be working on his own original stuff. I understand his motivation; hey, it’s a job, and he hasn’t directed a film since Centurian in 2010.
Aside from that, will mainstream US audiences identify with this film? Are they going to ditch all the subtle humor, social satire, and fantasy elements directly pertaining to Norwegian culture? Most likely, yes. It will probably be the exact same movie, only with the script dumbed down and the shaky cam turned way up.
Trollhunter is a unique and nail biting experience. What it lacks in gore, it more than makes up for in inventiveness and suspense. Watch and enjoy this before the incoming remake.
Man this series should be called movies that Hollywood screwed/going to screw up (Descent ending, Trick R Treat not released and this getting a remake).
The only thing that has me feel a little better about the remake is directed by Neil Marshall. So at least it won’t be like what happened to the Old Boy remake (Spike Lee directing that soon to be disaster to fans of the original)
When I heard that Spike Lee was directing I thought it was the worst choice but it actually looks pretty good and will not be an almost identical remake like Total Recall except when they made changes for the worst.
I won’t be as good as the original but as long as it is good and enjoyable to watch then I would consider it a good remake.
But I doubt they will be able to get away with what made the original so great, so in turn the movie won’t be good. So many shocking WTF moments in that movie leading to a crazy disturbing ending (which was AMAZING) I doubt will get done by Spike Lee and Hollywood. So we are going to look at a meh movie with an Olsen Twin and the 4th choice for the lead.
The good news at least Spike Lee hasn’t branded the movie “A Spike Lee Joint”…yet.
UGH. I have only likes one Spike Lee movie, Summer of Sam. With his ego I’ll be shocked if this doesn’t get the “Spike Lee joint” thing attached.
I just went back and looked at my list and large portion of these are movies that Hollywood screwed over in one way or another.
Mark my words the Oldboy remake will be rubbish. Plus, the sad thing is if they do have the balls to do the ending like the original it will ruin one of the most brutal, BRILLIANT endings in cinematic history.
LOL I didn’t even see these comment thread about Oldboy, I started another one below.
This one shouldnÂ´t be remade…
ItÂ´s as awesome, as it could be. The Trollhunter himself can only be an Norwegian Character, not an canadian or alaskian one. This kind of person you can only find up there…
But since the last Remakes did so well, like Rec or Total Recall the new Troll Hunter will be awesome, especially since Neill Marshall did so good Movies in the last 3 Years…
I don’t understand the logic behind the remake of this. The only thing I can figure is studios are just purchasing the rights to every popular horror film in the hopes of taking all the credit for it in the US.
Didn’t know they were making a remake of this but it seems pretty pointless as the only people who would be interested in it have probably seen the original.
If they can remake Oldboy for no good reason and attach Spike Lee to it, god knows what they’ll do to this.
Oldboy should be sacred ground as far as I’m concerned. No one will be able to do it better than the original. Especially not that horse’s ass Spike Lee.
This is a great film. The first time I watch it though, I had to listen to the English dub because I could not tell who was talking in the beginning of the film. I recommend it to anyone.
I loved this movie. I loved listening to it in Norwegian, I loved how they introduced multiple types of trolls, the political side plot at thinking that someone got paid to design a logo for the TSS.
I have a feeling the US remake is going to just throw all that out the window.