Superior Achievement in Dark Film: Trollhunter
Yes, the title does say troll. Yes, it’s about hunting trolls. Overlook the title and you have a great Gothic film. Understated and subtle, fantastic environmental subtext, wonderful exploration of an ancient Norwegian folk tale in the modern world, haunting and stark landscapes… it’s all there.
The government says there’s nothing to worry about it’s just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don’t believe it and neither do a trio of college students who want to find out the truth. Armed with a video camera, they trail a mysterious poacher, who wants nothing to do with them. However, their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: trolls. They soon find themselves documenting every move of this grizzled, unlikely hero the trollhunter risking their lives to uncover the secrets of creatures only thought to exist in fairy tales.