17. THE TROLL HUNTER
Director: André Øvredal
Stars: Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen, Tomas Alf Larsen, Johanna Morck
Release Date: June 10
Why we’re excited: With all of the CGI trickery and extravagant explosions that’ll dominate multiplexes this summer, it’s crazy to think that some of the most remarkable special effects will be seen in a little genre pic made in Norway. But that’s exactly what The Troll Hunter is all about. More than just cool-looking visuals, though, this found-footage creature feature also happens to be a whole lot of fun.
Commercial director André Øvredal’s dark comedy follows a ragtag documentary filmmaking crew as they tag along with a grizzly man who specializes in hunting and destroying skyscraper-sized trolls. Dwelling in the forest, these fugly beasts are kept hidden from the public eye, which gives the director and his team even more reason to capture the various types of trolls on camera.
Of course, things go haywire, and Øvredal wastes little time showing off his effects department’s badass creature designs and seamless computer graphics. Even if subtitles and giant trolls aren’t your thing, you have to admit: The Troll Hunter wins points for originality.