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THE TROLL HUNTER (2010) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in movies, Norway with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2011 by goregirl

Like any trend in film when its successful droves of other filmmakers jump on the bandwagon to cash in on the success. One such trend is the hand-held camera “found footage”. I have seen at least a dozen of these films and I rarely enjoy them. Sure there are a handful that work, but most of them get on my last nerve. Do not deprive yourself trolls based on a hatred for this trend or you’ll miss one hell of a film. The Troll Hunter is not only a seriously kick ass piece of cinema but it may very well be the best damn hand held camera film out there.

A group of students track an alleged bear poacher only to learn, he is in fact, a Troll Hunter.

Director André Øvredal taps into his Norwegian culture and creates a clever, beautiful, funny and thrilling folklore tale about trolls. I cannot give Øvredal enough accolades in respect to the factual information provided in The Troll Hunter. I was expecting a campy Destroy all Monsters type monster flick (that is not a bad thing – I love that film!!) and what I got was an extremely well thought out, intense vehicle that also manages to be thoroughly entertaining! Øvredal took his troll facts directly from Norwegian folklore and treats his subjects with a great deal of care and respect.

It is troll hunter Hans responsibility to keep the trolls in check. Hans works for the government who has long been keeping the trolls a secret from the Norwegian population. Despite their massive size the trolls stay in their own environment and cause little trouble. It has been relatively easy to keep the troll’s existence a secret until recently. The trolls have been killing livestock and laying ruin to the land they cross. A troll hunter may be the most thankless job ever. How could anyone appreciate the difficult and dangerous work of a troll hunter when no one knows trolls exist? Hans is tired and frustrated not necessarily due to the work but the bureaucracy of the Norwegian government. Hans allows a group of students to film him “working” much to the chagrin of his superior. Otto Jespersen is perfectly cast as Hans the troll hunter. Hans is a great character. Hans is tough but reasonable and shows himself to be a man of integrity. Hans actually has empathy for the creatures despite the fact he is often called on to destroy them. He is also modest so don’t call him a hero. The entire cast is quite good actually. If you are considering troll hunter as a future career be warned, they smell Christians!

These monsters of massive proportion are nothing short of fantastic. There are two types of trolls; mountain trolls and forest trolls. Each and every troll looks unique and varies in size. Wait until you get a look at these immensely creative creatures! For all my issues with CGI versus practical effects I must admit this film would not have been the same without these wonderful computer generated giants. The build up before each troll sighting was phenomenal! I was as excited as a child at Christmas anticipating another troll. Although this is hand held camera footage it never becomes a chore to view. The films sound effects are impressive. They come up with some seriously intimidating calls for the creatures. The crashing footsteps in the distance and the shaking ground announce their arrival. Despite a great deal of the film taking place at night there are never issues seeing the action. The gorgeous Norwegian countryside, forest and mountains is a pleasing backdrop for the troll mayhem.

The Troll Hunter is a brilliant, well-written, thoughtful, and humorous folktale with great effects. It lacks gore, nudity, sex and most of the things I hold in high regard but holy shit is it entertaining! There are more curse words in this review than there is in the entire film. This is not regular dungeon fare but I loved it!! My only complaint was it ended too soon! Bravo Mr. Øvredal! Bravo. Highly recommended!

Dungeon Rating: 4.5/5

Directed By: André Øvredal

Starring: Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Mørck, Tomas Alf Larsen, Urmila Berg-Domaas, Hans Morten Hansen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum, Eirik Bech

Død snø – DEAD SNOW – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, Norway with tags on September 24, 2009 by goregirl

dead snow promoEven though there has been a glut of crappy zombie films over the last few years, I still can’t resist seeing every one that comes out. I’ve been psyched to see ‘Dead Snow’ since I read about it several months ago. Although it’s not the first film to use Nazi Zombies, it’s still a rare commodity. How can anyone say no to a zombie in uniform?!

A group of medical students taking a ski vacation in an isolated Norway town, have their good times cut short by a group of angry Nazi zombies.

The only real issue I had with ‘Dead Snow’ is it takes forever to get going! It is almost 40 minutes in before the action starts, with the exception of the brief opening chase scene. That is just too long! I couldn’t wait to see those Nazi Zombies! The main characters, along with their conversations, didn’t keep me interested enough. There is all sorts of references to other horror films, which I’m sure some will be able to appreciate, personally I’m neither here nor there with the loving tribute thing. There is some relevant background delivered about the Nazi’s by a cranky late night visitor, which is the most entertaining dialog in the films first half. The group also make a discovery which inevitably causes them considerable grief, particularly for one character. You’ll know what I mean at the end of the film. There is one conversation among the group regarding how to know whether to dig up or dig down that adds a great deal to a scene in the second half. Again, you’ll know what I mean when you see it. So, the first half is not completely chopped liver, they just should have cut it down. The second half however is nothing short of spectacular! When it gets going full gear it doesn’t let up right through to the final credits. So even though there was 40 minutes of chat it more than rewards with 40 + minutes of a high energy, full zombie assault complete with entrails, death by tree, ski-mobile, chainsaw, mallet and more. There is creative and bloody carnage that had me laughing and cheering. I am dying to tell you about some of the crazy carnage, but it would really take away the fun! Watch out for a scene I like to call “Make A Wish” and tell me that isn’t more fun then a barrel of freaking monkeys! I am absolutely in love with the zombie make-up and the uniforms and the effects are top notch. There is a nice isolated snowy expanse of trees and hills and nothingness. I love how it is beautiful and peaceful for a few moments and then the silence is broken by angry Nazi zombies. It is all nicely tied up with a fantastic ending! Love that ending! In case you didn’t figure it out from the films promo poster, ‘Dead Snow’ is a horror-comedy. The film has some decent tension during chase sequences but I wouldn’t say the film is out to scare you, just make you laugh and gross you out. The premise is not without its holes but it’s a movie about Nazi zombies, just sit back and enjoy the ride! This is easily one of the best zombie films to come out in a while, only slightly marred by a pokey start. Highly recommended!

Dungeon Review: 4/5

Directed By: Tommy Wirkola

Starring: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Lasse Valdal, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jeppe Laursen, Jenny Skavlan, Ane Dahl Torp and Ørjan Gamst
still from dead snow

Død snø – DEAD SNOW Trailer

Posted in horror, movies, Norway, Trailer with tags on April 13, 2009 by goregirl

Two words for you….NAZI ZOMBIES!!
You better believe I will be seeing this one!