Movie Review: TrollHunter

So, I have this addiction. Sometimes instead of writing or researching, I’ll browse around Netflix and pick out random movies. This fascination with mostly low budget film has resulted in me rolling around on the couch for thirty minutes laughing at the absurdity of Megashark versus Giant Octopus (Syfy is by and large a terrible, terrible network and 30 minutes was the extent of my willingness to play along) and the remake of Moby Dick (also SyFy), but it has also resulted in me finding gems like 13 Assassins and the surprisingly good TrollHunter.

TrollHunter Trailer:

TrollHunter impressed me in a few distinct ways. First, it went with a Blair Witch angle and actually nailed the type of first person, campy camera crew feel. Second, Norway is just a gorgeous country, and I’m pretty sure you could film an old man running through the country in his skivvies and you’d at least have a 3 out of 10 star film review from me. And third, the pacing, story, and willingness to kill a main character was appreciated. Once the director did that, I was expecting the worse for our film crew, but it built a living folk hero instead.

I was very pleasantly surprised all around with the film. Definitely an indie-budget movie I would recommended. Even the special effects are 9x better than what I expected.

Review: 4.0 out of 5.0. Recommended.

Happy reading and viewing everyone!

Edit: Just found out that Rotten Tomatoes gave TrollHunter an 82%, so I’m definitely in agreement with critics on this one!


About Rex Jameson
Rex Jameson is the author of two novels Lucifer’s Odyssey and The Goblin Rebellion and half a dozen short stories. An avid history buff and an unabashed nerd with an appetite for science fiction and fantasy, he loves to create complex speculative fiction with layered characters. He earned a PhD in Computer Science at Vanderbilt University and researches distributed artificial intelligence in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Rex and his wife Jenny live in Pittsburgh where they enjoy hosting family and friends.

5 Responses to Movie Review: TrollHunter

  1. Rachel says:

    “Trick or Treat! Thanks for playing Red’s Trick or Treat Bash! I’m looking forward to reading your book on my new Kindle!, Red sent me!”

  2. Red Tash says:

    This sounds amazing! Special effects are getting better & better in indie films. Have you seen Another Earth yet? We caught a screening with Q&A with Mapother after, good stuff! It’s more philosophical sci-fI, but totally worthwhile.

    I love Trolls. I’ll have to get this one.

    Hey, I didn’t realize you attended Vandy. I have family & friends in Nashville.

    Hi, Rachel!

  3. Rex Jameson says:

    Haven’t heard of Another Earth. Going to check out the Trailer right now!

  4. Karen Haight says:

    Red sent me! =]

  5. Na S. says:

    It’s another Radishes come to play, but over here I guess I’m a Rexerton. As of 1.24 minutes ago I had never heard of TrollHunter. The movie trailer scared me a little so it’s a good thing I like scary things.

    Red sent me.

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