Even if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief to accommodate the concept that giant trolls wander the Norwegian landscape, several other aspects work to make the film feel less authentic. First, the college kids that spy on Hans are either extremely brave or incredibly stupid as they heedlessly follow a possibly deranged poacher into the woods to hunt fictitious beasts. Secondly, the understandably reclusive “troll hunter” is far too quick to allow a band of skeptical youngsters to accompany him on such a dangerous mission, regardless of how fed up he is with his lack of government benefits. One would think he might be wary of allowing kids to get injured or killed during his watch. Even Hans’ boss doesn’t seem all that concerned that their top secret activities are being filmed by documentarians.
Also hindering the believability is the general lack of familiarity concerning trolls. Whereas the blood-drinking, garlic and silver-hating behaviors of vampires tends to be widely known, the lore behind trolls isn’t similarly so. They turn to stone if exposed to UV rays, can smell Christian blood, and feed on rocks. Such traits just seem rather silly when they aren’t common knowledge. Though tossing around phrases like “the college kids were never seen or heard from again” and “TSS: Troll Security Service” doesn’t exactly invoke grave seriousness.
- Joel Massie