June 08, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Trollhunter

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/10/11
performer
Otto Jespersen, Johanna Morck
director
Andre Ovredal
distributor
Magnet
author
Andre Ovredal
genre
Foreign Language
We gave it a B-

This deadpan, loopy Norwegian horror movie has monsters out of a fairy tale: giant furry trolls (some with three heads) who lumber out of the woods like oversize Muppets with a touch of King Kong. It was an effective choice to shoot these majestic creatures vérité-style, with a jittery camera, but Trollhunter, unfortunately, is such an under-imagined knockoff of The Blair Witch Project that whenever the trolls aren’t on screen, it verges on tedium. As the stoic titular slayer, Otto Jespersen is the one actor who holds you. B?

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