After taking an unannounced and undeserved week off in honor of Independence Day (the holiday, not the movie), Ed and Dean are back at it with a few couple of monster selections. “Monster” selections… get it? So kick back, drop your line in and set the motor to “troll”, as Ed and Dean discuss this week’s pair: Trollhunter (2010) and The Boxtrolls (2014).
Trollhunter is a Norwegian film done entirely in some language foreign to the reviewers. Fortunately the film includes subtitles and the most important Norwegian word used is exactly the same in English, “TROLL!” The movie is a found footage style thriller about a student, documentary film crew who follows a man employed by the government to keep real-life trolls in their designated areas. When the trolls escape, he’s tasked with hunting and eliminating them. Along the way we see an entertaining mix of the cast’s horror at dealing with the gigantic creatures and a fun look into the tools of the trade. Tip: when attempting to get a blood sample, where a suit of armor!
The Boxtrolls is a stop-motion family film about a boy who grows up with a society of box-wearing trolls living below a 19th century (?) European town. Everything is going great for the boy, except that all his friends are being captured and enslaved by the grotesque villain in an attempt to win favor and eat cheese. Along the way, the boy discovers he might not actually be a troll, but in fact a human! A thought that never occurred to him while his human language skills far outpaced that of his boxtroll brethren. There’s humor, cheese, funny inventions and adventurous suspense all rolled up into one box. The only question it leaves is why everyone is so obsessed with cheese?
Trollhunter is currently available for streaming on both Netflix and Amazon Prime and The Boxtrolls is currently available for streaming on Netflix.