André Øvredal, if not a house hold name to horror fans, made a splash in 2016 with his brilliantly spooky film, The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Starring Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, this theater worthy VOD release, wowed the festival circuits and then made almost everyone’s top 10 horror films of 2018 if not #1 on that list. But folks forget this Norwegian director actually made another cult classic back in 2010 entitled Trollhunter. The found footage film amazed many with its “new” monster and fantastic visual effects.
When a group of three university students set out to make a documentary on bear poaching, they stumble upon a man named Hans who many environmentalists and lawful hunters frown upon. Soon they follow Hans filming him continuously and surprised at his lengthy trips throughout the country. One night they follow him into a forest only to discover that he’s not a poacher at all, but something no one would have ever believed.
In a brilliant take on the found footage format, the movie never makes the common mistakes that such films seem to do. The action moves, the characters are real people, and the filming occurs where one would expect. When the movie was released throughout the world, it immediately became a cult classic that has consistently been on top ten lists of the cinema vérité subgenre since. Dark Discussions takes a look at this well received cult film and gives their thoughts.