One of the movies I have been most looking forward to is The Troll Hunter, mainly because its very different to everything else around at the moment.
This smart updating of the "found footage" genre finds a group of documentary filmmakers attempting to expose an infamous bearskin poacher - who actually turns out to be Norway's only living troll hunter. Culling the rock-scarfing, Christian-blood-chugging ogres has become a necessity because they are the real reason behind such natural concerns as global warming; hiding in dense forests and underneath snowy mountain ranges. And some trolls are massive, Godzilla-sized!
By perfectly blending comedy and creature feature genres the movie is a satisfying experience with some real moments of pathos such as the scene where the troll hunter himself recounts the time he had to slaughter young trolls, pregnant trolls etc which gives it a sharp an emotional edge. The effects are solid and blend well with the action. The sound mix is one of the loudest and most dynamic I've heard at the Empire, at times my shorts were shaking with the deep bass! Well worth seeing when it gets released.
The director of the cult classic The Wicker Man, Robin Hardy is here with a lot of the cast of his long-awaited follow up to his 1973 classic. Entitled The Wicker Tree he promises it to be smart, humorous and erotic with plenty of fantasy to keep us entertained. Sounds good to me.