MV5BMTkyMTgxNzIwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjYyNjM5NA@@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_So, according to IMDb, this is Trollhunter:

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.

I wanted to watch this because Mark Kermode had flagged it up as one of his best films on TV over the holiday period and I remember reading about the movie when it came out a couple of years ago. It was a wet and windy Monday afternoon, the Book God was off having a nap and Trollhunter seemed to be the answer to “what shall I do with myself this afternoon?”

This is another found footage film and I know that format has got a bit old and tired but here it works quite well as the students are basically making a documentary (Michael Moore gets referenced at one point) so the camera on all the time stuff makes sense. They think they’re looking into illegal killing of bears but discover that Hans, the person they think is a poacher, is really a state-sanctioned hunter of trolls, and he takes them along with him as he tries to get to the bottom of what’s causing a change in troll behaviour.

I thought this was good fun. I didn’t really think of it as a horror story, though it has a couple of nice jumpy moments in it, and it didn’t creep me out the way The Blair Witch Project did for example. But the acting is convincingly realistic and the trolls themselves are very cool indeed. The end was nicely abrupt. All in all a good way to spend a dull afternoon. Liked it.

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