First of all, do NOT watch the trailer for this movie. It gives away every surprise and shows way too much. If you have seen the trailer, bang your head against something very hard until you can’t remember anything…um, then how will you remember I recommended the movie…? Okay, forget that.
How does one recommend a movie without spoiling the fun of discovery? Well, you could just trust me. 🙂
Trollhunter (also known as The Troll Hunter) is presented as “found footage,” a la The Blair Witch Project. It’s a little slow at the beginning, but once the first big reveal happens, you’ll be glad you put in the time. In fact, I couldn’t tell you what that reveal was without losing all credibility with you, and even as I was watching it happen I was thinking, “This is silly, this shouldn’t be scaring me.” But it works. Somehow, thankfully, it works.
If you don’t want to risk spoilers, stop reading now. Otherwise…
Each of the big set pieces is effective, with a great mix of humor and intensity. And they build well upon each other, ratcheting up the intensity until the very end. Each of the different kinds of trolls is weird and creepy in its own right, and it never felt like anything was redundant. And unlike Cloverfield, you get to see the monsters often (though not too much) so you’re not left feeling like it was all one big tease.
The characters, except for the troll hunter himself, are pretty forgettable. They’ve got nothing on Heather, Josh, and Mike. But this isn’t a character piece, it’s a monster movie. And a really good one, in my opinion.