As you know, I am stoking the fires of hell one movie at a time. My home page, at present, is dedicated to watching the 50 movies on a 5 disc set I purchased entitled "50 Horror Classics", but this page will hold my thoughts on movies outside of that realm. 

Last night I watched........I know you've all seen it.

FilmKameratene A/S Presents
Otto Jespersen 
 André Øvredal's The Troll Hunter (Trolljegeren) (2010)

Let me just start by writing, I'm not a big POV fan. I know, it's all the rage, and I know, POV films get rave reviews, and I have to admit, I did like Cloverfield and Quarantine, but, honestly, if I want a "mockumentary" type film, than I'll turn on the news, or watch a documentary. With that said, I thought the story line was fresh and clever, the dialogue gritty, honest, and believable. 

Three college students want to uncover who's been killing bears in Norway. Local bear hunters and the press are convinced it's a poacher. Their task takes them to a trailer park where they find the dwelling of the suspect, Hans (Otto Jespersen). After talking with other tenants, they learn he is rarely seen during the day. He leaves at night and returns in the morning. His trailer and land vehicle are beat to hell. Large slashes cover the bumpers of the latter, and the trailer wreaks to high heaven, due to the mass quantities of mystery fur lining the ceiling. 

They  approach the man several times asking for an interview, but he shines them on. Their relentless pursuit takes them through the country and across ferries. It is there that Hans finally says alright, as long as they do exactly what he says, no matter what it is. And if any of them are Christian, well, forget it. Sounds good to them. 

Their journey takes them to an inhospitable forest, and what they find is not bears, but indeed, Trolls--Woodland and Mountain Trolls. Hans is a Troll Hunter for the TSS (Troll Secret Service), and works with the government to keep the Trolls out of public view, killing them if need be, but we find he is disenchanted with his job, no hazard pay, no overtime, no night time pay, and, quite frankly, he has nothing against them. He's sick of killing them with UV lights as weapons that, depending on the age of the Troll, makes them explode or turn to stone, because they cannot convert Vitamin D into calcium. He works closely with a Vet to be privy to their plights. It appears he's had enough, and ignoring the consequences, is willing to give these kids the inside scoop. 

The trolls are acting sick, attacking more people and livestock, and tearing up more land. Turns out, after a blood sample is analyzed, they have rabies. This is particularly unfortunate for our young news reporter, Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud), who's been wounded by one. But it turns out even worse for the camera man, Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen), who hid his Christianity, and was ultimately torn to shreds. His replacement is a Muslim, so she should be safe. 

The showdown is with a 200 meter tall Jotner Mountain Troll...with rabies. Hans tries a couple of times to kill him with a spotlight, but it will take more than that. After weakening his system with a couple doses of UV, he brings out what looks like an RPG, and since the Jotner's physiology has become so unstable, when hit, he simply crumbles to the ground. 

The students await Hans' return, but instead, they see him walk over the hill and out of sight. The secret can't get out, and Finn (Hans Morten Hansen) the head of the TSS, has made it perfectly clear the footage would never air. Hum Vees approach at full speed in the distance. Thomas tries to outrun them, but the last footage we see, is him approaching a road with a semi beaming down. 

The next footage is a press conference regarding power lines under scrutiny by environmentalists and farmers, which are really electric fences to keep the Trolls at bay. The Prime Minister slips that they need the power lines to keep the Trolls out. CUT! 

Of course, none of the kids were ever seen or heard from again, and we're suppose to contact law enforcement, if we have any information. So keep that in mind. 

With political overtones pointing the spotlight, so to speak, on poor working conditions, deceit and ignorance of government, religious and ethnic intolerance, I'm sure the film shook up some people. The dialogue, especially of Hans, was the best part of the movie as far as I was concerned, his candid approach to being a Troll Hunter, and of course the Trolls themselves, made for a pretty decent flick...even if it was a POV. 

I'd like to add, though, I often miss the point. And I'm notorious for over analyzing situations. I am working on that. And sometimes I see the most superficial points, and then my daughter brings to my attention, the underlying idea. Sometimes I try for the point, but I've had erasers thrown at me. For instance, when we read the Glass Menagerie in college, during the birthday scene at the dinner table, when her brother says, something like he wished he could blow her candles out, instead of seeing it as him wanting to do her in, like everyone else in the class, including the teacher, so she didn't have to live the life of a simpleton, I liked to think he wanted to give her a wish, make all her wishes come blowing her candles out.  That's when the eraser flew. Hah. I don't care, I still think that. Call me a dumbass, whatever. But, did Hans set them up? Is this obvious to everyone, or am I way out in left field here. I mean, they were relentless in their pursuit for an interview, and he finally gave in, I could argue, just to get rid of them, sort of like saying, ok sure, I'll give you your interview come with me. Because at the end, when they were heading for the last showdown, it was evident Thomas had rabies, and the kids wanted to go to the hospital. Hans ignored them, and then before he went off to kill the Jotner, he told them how to get back to the highway, and then instead of coming back to them to take them to the hospital in his land rover, he disappeared just as Finn's Hum Vees took pursuit of the students. So is that the last twist? Are you guys thinking "duh," and I'm just lame stating it? That Hans, although acquiescing to their request, and complaining about his working conditions, was deceiving them all along, which would cement the untrustworthiness of the government. Even if they seem like they're being straight up, lookout, because they're not? Or am I way out in left field here, and you don't think that was the case at all? 

Until next time...keep those fires stoked.
Eternally Yours
Warden Stokely


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