Day #99: Trollhunter (2010)

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Trollhunter (2010) IMDB

Synopsis:

[From IMDB:] A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

My take:

You might think there are great found footage films out there and, I’ma let you finish, but Trollhunter is definitely one of the better ones out there.

Rather than following the usual simplistic conceits of a found footage movie (i.e. night one, things are fine; night two, things get a little crazy; night three, all hell breaks loose), within 15 minutes of Trollhunter beginning you’re introduced to the concept of trolls being a real thing; and within 30 minutes you’ve seen your first troll, integrating into the environment in a way that CGI rarely does (in horror movies, at least). In other words, Trollhunter ain’t got time for your “formulaic found footage movie” shit.

Another aspect of Trollhunter that I love, is that it’s largely based on the premise that a public servant finally got shitty with his work conditions and decided to reveal the truth. It’s not about mysticism or any kind of ‘the M.I.B. exist’ bullshit – it’s basically a case of the public service getting sick of their work conditions; and, as a former public servant (who, bee tee double you, loved their job), I can appreciate this. Keep that in mind, next time you decide to bitch out someone who’s just doing their job. And, in true form, it’s not about making the people who keep society rolling along as usual seem heroic, it’s just about another job that needs doing.

The normalisation of what we consider to be the supernatural/paranormal might not sound like the most exciting movie premise to you, but Trollhunter‘s normalisation of what we might consider the unnatural – and the banal, means that when the movie offers up its fair share of action, it has even more of an impact than it otherwise would have.

Long story short, if you haven’t seen Trollhunter yet, find it. It’ll be worth your time. In many ways, it represents the balance between horror and comedy that was present in the classics, but has been lost in contempory horror film making.

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