Trollhunter (Trolljegeren) (André Øvredal, 2010)

The tone of this Blair Witchy mockumentary is established early on, when grizzled mancub Otto Jespersen storms out of a dark forest, oily leather jacket flapping behind him like a broken wing, hollering “troll,” as if hailing a cab on an Oslo street, and not running from a three-headed slime-pissing giant. Everything is taken in very stoic stride, and the fact that our proxies, the student filmmakers capturing the proceedings, shruggingly accept the dangerous odorous physical manifestations of their childhood fairy tales (even down to the three gruff sheep used as baa-ing bait), perhaps illuminates the fact that monster movies, even one as playful and as smart as this one is, have lost their uncanny power to both fright and delight.

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