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Trollhunter

Some violence, language in fun Norwegian monster movie.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

At first, the characters don't quite know what they're getting themselves into. But despite being scared, they bravely continue on, showing teamwork and problem-solving. They eventually triumph over some very large odds.

Positive role models

The troll hunter character is a bit grumpy and jaded, though he's good at his job and seems to care about the results. The filmmakers exhibit bravery, curiosity, and responsibility.

Violence

Lots of fantasy-based creature violence, with chasing, fighting, and deaths; trolls are killed on screen, and humans off screen. Guns are seen, and shots are fired at trolls. There are some bodily fluids, but mostly non-human. Viewers see a dead bear, and one human gets a scratch wound. Viewers also see some nasty scar tissue on the troll hunter in one shot.

Sex

Except for some brief mentions of troll mating habits, not an issue.

Language

The spoken language is Norwegian, but the subtitles include several uses of "s--t," plus "ass," "hell," "piss," and "Christ" (used as an exclamation).

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Norwegian (with English subtitles) horror comedy is presented as "found" documentary footage (much like The Blair Witch Project, though it's far less scary). There's plenty of fantasy-based creature violence as the trolls fight with humans; some wounds and icky bodily fluids (mostly non-human) are on display. Subtitles include several uses of "s--t," as well as a few other iffy words. The college-age teen characters are brave, curious, and resourceful, and despite a few downbeat notes here and there, the movie is a lot of fun (an American remake is in the works) -- it could be a good introduction to foreign-language movies for teens who might resist.

What's the story?

In rural Norway, three college film students set out to make a documentary about a mysterious bear poacher (Otto Jespersen). After much persistence, they track him down and learn about his real job: He has the thankless task of making sure that the country's troll population is under control. And if any trolls get out of hand, it's his job to hunt and kill them. (The bears are merely a diversion, since the public at large can never know about the existence of trolls.) He entrusts this secret to the crew, and they set out to document his latest adventures, including collecting a blood sample from a troll with rabies and eventually fighting the giant Jotnar, an enormous troll that no other human has ever seen.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

TROLLHUNTER is a genre film that's both unusual and entertaining. The unfortunate prologue about how the movie's footage was "discovered" will draw comparisons -- perhaps unfavorable -- to The Blair Witch Project, but that's where the comparison ends. Directed by Andre Ovredal, Trollhunter is a great deal funnier and more fun than Blair Witch, with wilder special effects and more creative monsters. Plus, the movie cooks up an astonishing amount of troll lore, including names of species, mating habits, diet, lifespan, and much more, including a scientific explanation as to what turns them to stone.

Though Ovredal no doubt selected the "faux documentary" format to save money, it nonetheless makes the movie a wry and subtle commentary on our media-obsessed world: Working in the most secretive of occupations, the troll hunter nonetheless succumbs to a reality-show grilling on camera. Jespersen -- a popular comedian in Norway -- gives a wonderful performance as the jaded hunter.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Was it realistic? Was it scary? What other impact did it have on you?

  • Is the troll hunter character a good guy, or a good role model? Is he someone to root for? What makes us root for certain characters and not others?

  • The film is presented as a "found footage" documentary. How might it have been different without that angle?

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Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 10, 2011
DVD/Streaming release date:August 23, 2011
Cast:Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Morck, Otto Jespersen
Director:Andre Ovredal
Studio:Magnet Releasing
Genre:Horror
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some sequences of creature terror

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Kid, 9 years old April 4, 2012

Trollhunter

A Norwegian monster movie with violence and some language. some people getting wacked by trolls and subtitles (because they speak Nowegian) that say s--t, hell, ass, piss and Christ.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 11 year old Written bykbecraft February 19, 2012

Caution

Over-dubbed version has approximately 30 swear words, ranging from the F-word to the H-word. Not too scarry, but if your kids don't like to hear swear words, you might choose another movie.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Educator and Parent Written byshelv October 30, 2015

Nearly put me to sleep

Boring, and I would definitely not recommend for kids or teens as it is just not a particularly creative or fun movie.
What other families should know
Too much swearing