There’s not much to say about TrollHunter that hasn’t already been said, in terms of how wonderful this film is. You can read The Liberal Dead’s review by Shawn Savage here. I can’t say that I “loved” TrollHunter but I can say that I really enjoyed watching it. It’s a totally new experience in the found-footage genre, usually in a film like this, a good portion is left up to the viewers imagination but we get to see everything 15 minutes in. TrollHunter almost acts like a big budget creature film with a low budget way of telling it.
What I didn’t like about the movie, is the lack of even storytelling. There’s a lot to love in TrollHunter but I felt that compared to the actual Trolls, nothing is as good. When our heroes talk about the Trolls, it’s very compelling but everything else is JUST passable for me. In the end, it felt a little uneven and not as amazing as I wanted it to be. But like I said, there is a lot to love about this movie and some of the absurdity about the Trolls is worth the watch alone.
There are a surprising amount of special features on the Blu, I was worried it would follow the same fate as 13 Assassins and have almost nothing else to watch other than the core movie. I am only assuming that connection because they are both foreign films (TrollHunter is Norwegian) released by Magnet. Among the myriad of special features, there is a lack of commentary, which is odd, considering that Norway speaks English as a second language.
Deleted scenes are here as well as extended scenes but they don’t add any overall points to the film or expand on anything. The only scene that was great in its uncut form is the part with the Polish bear hunters. I thought their scene was hilarious in the film and their broken English was so well done. An Improv and Bloopers feature was added but it’s short and is not as funny as you might think. The “Visual Effects” feature is dull as well, I thought it would have been the best, with their use of CGI in the film for the Trolls. All it does it show certain scenes that become layered with effects and how it looks without any effects, no sound on it either.
The TrollHunter Blu really shines when you get into the nice 20 minute long “Behind the Scenes” feature and the production stills. I don’t know about you, but I feel TrollHunter has some of the best locations ever filmed. The countryside of Norway is breathtaking and in the production stills, you get to see it all in its 1080p glory. The greens, the greys, and the water all really pop in these high res photos. The production stills also show early drawings of Trolls and how they progressed over time. I usually don’t care for the photos or production shots, but these were aesthetically pleasing and it only lasts about 5 minutes.
I’m a sucker for well done “Behind the Scenes” features, I really enjoy the breakdown of movie magic and seeing how every little detail comes together. I also enjoy seeing actors acting like themselves on set and participating in activities that don’t have to do with the movie. The first few sections of the feature deal with the “Three Headed” Troll towards the beginning, showing the creation of the fake leg and how they blew up the fallen Troll. One part shows how they put a fake beard on Hans, which I didn’t know was fake (so good job guys).
Overall, this is a buy. While it may not have been the movie I wanted exactly, it’s one that succeeds in being something truly exceptional in today’s market. With its blockbuster attitude and absurd humor, TrollHunter will be a nice addition to your collection. While there are only two great special features, they will be entertaining enough to fans of the film. Go out now and find yourself a copy today!