The Troll Hunter is a sensational documentary which exposes the Norwegian Government's monumental efforts to hide the sensational news that trolls actually exist in Norway – and have done so over millenniums. Within the corridors of the Government there is a secret department – The Troll Security Service – whose job is to monitor the trolls. They also have the power to call in a Troll Hunter to cover up problems if trolls break out of their reservations.
The film will show actual shots of trolls in their real environment and it also raises the issue of what tragic fate befell the young film team who came across this state secret.
“My references are Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Men in Black and Ghostbusters, more than anything, but I had to do it in a completely different way, so that I wasn’t copying those films. I didn’t want to get too close to that way of making it. I wanted to keep it much more real, and I think the humour of the film comes from the camera. <...> Everything had to look real, but the absurdity of the story is what creates the humour for me,” says director André Øvredal.
The Amanda Awards (Norway) – won People's Amanda and Amanda for Best Visual Effects, nominated for Best Actor, Best Editing, Best Screenplay; Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film – nominated for Best Director; selected for Sundance Film Festival and Austin Fantastic Fest in Texas.