#1--I'm Norwegian and I SOOOOOO get their horror movies!
#2--I am a troll freak!
Those are the reasons I was thrilled about seeing this movie.
Having seen it, I give it an Autumnforest rating of....3 autumn leaves out of 4.
I can't with a good conscience give it 4 of 4. "Jaws" got that and it's a rare movie that can get a rating where it satisfied all my needs.
I'd suggest you think "Cloverfield" in Norwegian countryside. If you see the freaking movie for the scenery only--you will be enthralled and gasping. I feel such a kinship with their Northwest USA looking clothing, wet damp, glacial lakes, low hanging clouds, extreme bright greens, white stark snow scenes, dirty cars, messy coats, unshaven faces. I wanted to jump into the movie and drive around in the hero's badass truck and chase trolls! In fact, I have a monster crush on the man who played the Troll Hunter.
The story was not a novel concept; college students chase after a man to find that he is hunting trolls and he invites them along to see and film it. The government is keeping a secret from the Norwegian people. A BIG one!
I found strange undertones of the Sami people (Laplanders) and the government treatment of them, including the little jab about that the trolls can smell the blood of Christians and it makes them mad, as if the indigenous people were heathens. I don't know if anyone intended it, but I definitely got the vibes.
What I really loved about the movie is that they took this old legendary creature and made it feasible within the countryside and almost, well, possible. I got so caught up in it, I felt like I was watching a mythology come to life.
Watch in the dark. Have an icy cold beer. Turn up the air-conditioner. Turn on the fan. Huddle under a blanket. Imagine the chilly magical land of Norway and await the storming trolls!