By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com October 19, 2010 at 2:26AM
Our current list of things that we would be happy never to see again in cinema is an increasingly long one. Vampires, for instance. Juliette Lewis. Trailers featuring the music of the Black Eyed Peas. Action movies starring the elderly. And creeping closer and closer to that list is the 'found footage' genre. Revitalized with the sleeper smash "The Blair Witch Project" in 1999, it seems that these days, every few months seems to bring a new shakey-cam POV horror title, from "Cloverfield," "[REC]" and "Quarantine" to "Diary of the Dead" and "The Last Exorcism." Indeed, it almost feels refreshing when we see a horror film told in a traditional manner, particularly when so many of the above are... well, a bit rubbish.
But there's a rather more promising example of the genre on the way, and it's just been picked up for domestic release. Magnet Releasing, the genre division of Magnolia, have acquired the Norwegian horror-comedy "The Troll Hunter" for release, according to Variety, and are set to release it sometime next year. The film follows three student filmmakers in Norway who encounter a man who claims that trolls are real, and that their existence is covered up by the government. Together, they set out to blow the lid off the conspiracy, with things getting predictably messy along the way.
The film premiered at Fantastic Fest this year, in a work-in-progress form, picking up some glowing reviews along the way from the assembled geek press. While the trailer (watch below, courtesy of Shock Til You Drop) suggests a certain amount of the "people running aimlessly around woods" that's made us so sick of the genre, there's some hugely impressive effects at work, (like the upcoming "Monsters," which Magnet are also releasing, achieved on a limited budget), and the creature designs seem particularly inventive. We're not going to drop everything to see it, necessarily, but we're more than a little intrigued, and we imagine director Andre Ovredal will begin to be courted for big-budget FX flicks in the States sooner rather than later.
Magnet have put out some of the most memorable low-budget and foreign genre films of recent years, including "Let The Right One In," "Time Crimes," "Bronson," "District 13," "Red Cliff" and the aforementioned "Monsters," so the film's probably found a perfect home. There's no word on a specific release date, but we imagine a late spring/early summer date could be a good bet.