Win An IPad 2 & Troll Hunter

SHORT LIST have a fantastic Troll Hunter competition running right now:

“While putting bread on the table is mightily important, imagine spending your 9-to-5 as Owen Hargreaves’ physiotherapist or Alan Shearer’s acting coach. Some jobs just aren’t worth the hassle. We’d say the same of the titular occupation in Troll Hunter, were it not one of the best fantasy flicks of the last year. For that very reason, we’re marking its Blu-ray and DVD release by giving one winner an iPad 2 and a copy of the film.”


Another great chance to win… Play the TROLL HUNTER FACEBOOK GAME

Wild And Dangerous

Something that struck me about Troll Hunter was the way the Troll menace was handled with an almost workaday pragmatism. Trolls are a pest and need to be controlled. No ancient texts need to be discovered in secret caves, no mystic runes need to be translated. Practical measures, common sense and a keen survival instinct are what you need.

FRONT ROW CINEMA sum it up nicely in their review:

“The movie’s length and subtle scares make it feel more like a fascinating and frightening nature documentary of the wild and dangerous, and the matter-of-fact way that the habitat of trolls and their behaviour is explained is at first a little strange. But, like the documentary makers themselves, we as viewers steadily accept it as the norm rather quickly and the creatures they are hunting become more earthly and real as a result.”


Sun-lamp Killer

The guys at HEY U GUYS had the same idea as I did a few weeks ago. Returning readers might remember that I suggested that a Hollywood remake of Troll Hunter might involve Las Vegas being leveled by Trolls while a grizzled Ex-Marine who doesn't play by the rules tries to thwart them. The review that follows makes a similar point:

“If Hollywood scriptwriters had pitched this film it would probably have had a musclebound and heroic hunter armed to the teeth with hi-tech weaponry and equipment whereas Troll Hunter serves up a man who is tired and disillusioned with his job, whose main weapon is a strobing sun-lamp, who has to fill in pages of paperwork after each troll kill and whose only armour looks like the kind of thing worn by 19th century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly.”


Troll Hunter: Out Today & BAFTA Listed

The Norwegian sensation Troll Hunter is out today on UK DVD and Bluray… Great news for horror and fantastic film fans everywhere.

There might be a few of those on the BAFTA board as well, because Troll Hunter has been long listed for an award. Read more HERE.

It's no surprise that Troll Hunter has met with BAFTA approval, reviews online have been almost universally positive, while any negative reactions seem to come from reviewers who strongly dislike the found footage style, rather than through any fault in the film itself. Here's another strong write-up from WHAT'S ON TV:

“…a witty script, well observed characters, exhilarating story, and great special effects. The trolls even look like they have stepped out of an illustrated fairy tale book, while the Three Billy Goats Gruff tale comes to life, which makes the whole experience all the more fantastic.”


Readers with shallow pockets will also be glad to know that What's On TV's review is also another great opportunity to win an ultra limited Troll Hunter T-shirt plus DVD or Blu-ray

One of the biggest hits with audiences at this year’s Film4 Frightfest and a major critical success during its subsequent UK theatrical release in September 2011, which saw it earning Four Star reviews in Empire (“spectacular fun”), Total Film (“ a true one off… it will quite simply blow you away”) and Time Out (“shot through with an unexpected, often unsettling, humour”), the horror-comedy Troll Hunter bursts its way on to DVD and Blu-ray on 9th January 2012.

The debut feature from Norwegian director Andre Ovredal, this “original and highly assured fusion of B-movie lore and fairytale terror” (The Hollywood Reporter) combines the vision of “Where The Wild Things Are” with the faux-documentary, found-footage stylings of “Cloverfield”, “REC” and “The Blair Witch Project” to produce an “enormously entertaining” (Variety) and suspense-filled creature feature that the Daily Star rated as 'one of the finest monster movies ever" and Total Film described as being “like David Attenborough taking a stroll into Roald Dahl’s brain.”

Following the deaths of a couple of tourists and a spate of livestock mutilations in the mountains and forests of Norway, the government’s official line is that rogue bears are responsible. But the local hunters don’t agree and neither does a trio of college students who have been stalking an alleged poacher, Hans, with the intention of making a documentary film about him. Their persistence in pursuing Hans finally pays off when the filmmakers become victims of a night-time attack by something that is obviously much larger than a bear. In the aftermath, Hans agrees to an interview in which he reveals the truth regarding his occupation – he is actually a government employed troll hunter. Sceptical, the students volunteer to assist this unlikely hero in his work on the understanding that they will be allowed to document the proceedings and publicly reveal the heavily guarded secrets of a race of creatures thought only to exist in fairly tales.

A “clever and engaging mock documentary” (The New York Times) that is “fun, funny and fearless” (Little White Lies), Troll Hunter is “an instant cult classic” (IGN).

Troll Hunter (cert. 15) will be released on DVD (£17.99) and Blu-ray (£19.99) by Momentum Pictures on 9th January 2011.

Special Features include; Trailer; deleted scenes; improvs and bloopers; extended scenes; visual effects; behind the scenes; HDNet: A Look at Troll Hunter; photo galleries

Momentum Pictures
Release date:
9th January, 2012
Running time:
103 minutes
DVD £17.99 BR £19.99

Trailer; deleted scenes; improvs and bloopers; extended scenes; visual effects; behind the scenes; HDNet: A Look at Troll Hunter; photo galleries

Andre Ovredal
  • Otto Jespersen
  • Glenn Erland Tosterud
  • Johanna Mørck
  • Tomas Alf Larsen
  • Urmila Berg-Domaas
  • Hans Morten Hansen


Momentum Pictures
Release date:
9th January, 2012
Andre Ovredal

Troll Hunter Live on the Web


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