Over the past few years we’ve been deluged with a never-ending supply of vampire movies and television shows. And whilst the Twilight saga and Buffy the Vampire Slayer may have been momentarily entertaining, they’re nothing compared to the ghoulish delights that could await if the emergent troll phenomenon really takes off.
Already there’s been an impressive range of fiction, movies and even casino games that suggests that the Nordic monsters may be finally about to kick Dracula off his mantle of being the most prolific horror of the 21st century!
Movies about trolls have been in existence for quite a while with 1986’s Troll being one of the most unintentionally amusing thanks to a fairly daft plot and some comically low-budget special effects. But one of the most widely-celebrated instances of troll-mania occurred recently when the Norwegian cult movie Troll Hunter came to Netflix in the UK and recruited a legion of fans who saw the monstrous potential of these mythical beings.
A big part of the success of the movie was the way that it used the concept of ‘found-footage’ to maintain the mystery surrounding the towering trolls, and with an American version of Troll Hunter already in the pipeline and an upcoming Dreamworks Trolls kids film, it looks like the excitement surrounding trolls will continue to grow.
Although the massive lumbering trolls might not be quite as physically attractive as many of pop culture’s vampiric offerings, there’s hope for troll culture yet thanks to Amanda Hocking’s Trylle series of books. These offer a suitably teenage take on the troll concept by locating a tribe of the monsters somewhere in remote Minnesota and placing a young girl in their midst with all manner of spooky and romantic escapades that follow.
Whilst it may be some time before this project reaches the dizzying heights of the Twilight franchise, it’s worth mentioning that the Trylle series was snapped up by District 9 screenwriter Terri Tatchell and there are plans afoot to make this piece of cult fiction into a major Hollywood blockbuster.
So with all manner of troll-based casino games, teen fiction and cult movie releases, it’s time for the vampires to make way for the rise of the troll!