October 29th, 2010

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A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.1/10 (21,055 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: André Øvredal

Stars: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum

When bears are found dead in Norway, the students of the Volda University Thomas, Johanna and the cameraman Kalle decide to investigate. They stalk the trailer of the mysterious hunter Hans expecting to find an explanation for the killings. The reluctant Hans tries to flee from the youngsters, but he agrees that they film him in action provided they follow his orders. Sooner the trio of students learns that Hans is actually a troll hunter that works for a secret government agency. Further, several dangerous trolls have escaped from their territory and Hans is assigned to eliminate them.

Writers: André Øvredal, Håvard S. Johansen

Otto Jespersen - Hans, trolljegeren
Glenn Erland Tosterud - Thomas
Johanna Mørck - Johanna
Tomas Alf Larsen - Kalle
Urmila Berg-Domaas - Malica
Hans Morten Hansen - Finn Haugen
Robert Stoltenberg - Polsk bjørnejeger
Knut Nærum - E-verkssjef
Eirik Bech - Campingplasseier
Inge Erik Hnejesand -
Tom Jørgensen -
Benedicte Aubert Ringnes -
Magne Skjævesland -
Torunn Lødemel Stokkeland - Hilde, veterinär
Finn Norvald Øvredal -

Taglines: You'll believe it when you see it!


Official Website: Official Facebook (Norwegian) | Official Facebook (UK) |

Release Date: 29 October 2010

Filming Locations: Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway

Box Office Details

Budget: NOK 19,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,585 (USA) (12 June 2011) (1 Screen)

Gross: $252,652 (USA) (18 September 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The HDDs used by the students are LaCie Rugged portable drives.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: The subtitles use the term "jotnar" (in the film, a sub-type of troll) for singular and plural interchangeably. "Jotnar" is in fact plural, singular being "jotunn," which the characters can be heard saying on the original dialogue when they're talking about only one.

Hans, trolljegeren: Have you got all the troll footage you need?

User Review

A ten of ten, but maybe not for foreigners?

Rating: 10/10

This movie deserves allot of praise, simply for how well it plays on the Norwegian cultural memes. Visually it is also quite good, as it show of the landscapes and places in which the folklore of trolls actually arose, and of course spices it with lovely computer graphics when needed. The graphics merge very well with the mockumentary style, and the movie itself falls between categories, mixing comedy, action and fake amateur documentary style.

The bad sides are simply that it lacks a bit of flow at times, and of course, the biggest drawback of them all, one which only applies for foreigners: it's a very very Norwegian story. I saw it with my Portuguese girlfriend, and she thought it was okay. I briefed her on our fairy tales before seeing it, but jokes like the three sheep on the bridge are hard to catch, or appreciate, without being marinated in our culture for a long time. One other issue for me was actually the cameo appearance of two Norwegian comedians, something which slightly spoils the illusion. Others might disagree.

I suspect this movie would be a seven or six of ten if I was not Norwegian, simply for its concepts, but because it is so rich to me, I give it a ten despite its flaws. You'll love this movie for its visual side, and some of the drama is also great. For Norwegians, this is a must see. For everyone else, it might be exotic and neat, and offer you some relief from classical Hollywood monster depictions.

And should you get curious after seeing it, Google for "Theodor Kittelsen", and "Asbjornsen and Moe" (: Enjoy!

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