If you’re a fan of giant monsters, this just might be the best news you’ll hear all day. We’ve known for a little while now that Netflix was set to put out a Norwegian kaiju movie called Troll sometime later this year, and now, we finally have a release date for it: December 1. On top of that, the streaming service also gave us our first official trailer for Troll (all we had previously was a teaser), and my goodness, this film looks fantastic. Here’s what it’s about:
When an explosion in the Norwegian mountains awakens an ancient troll, officials appoint a fearless palaeontologist to stop it from wreaking deadly havoc.
That’s admittedly a very thin plot synopsis, but for my money, it’s plenty. Sure, the plot and the characters in kaiju movies are important, but as long as a film promises great monster action, I’m more than sold.
And if this trailer is any indication, Troll is going to deliver that in spades. For starters, the troll itself looks great. CGI monsters are notoriously hit or miss, but thankfully, this one is 100% hit. In fact, I’d even say it looks as good as any big-budget American kaiju in recent memory, so from a purely visual standpoint, this film is almost certainly going to be a winner. Secondly, this troll doesn’t just sit around looking pretty. It’s big, bad, and pretty much unstoppable, and it wrecks shop in a way that would make Godzilla himself proud.
Last but not least, I have to mention the really cool “Blitzkrieg Bop” shoutout at the end of the trailer. The Ramones are my favorite band of all time, so when I heard one character say “Hey ho” and another say “Let’s go,” it pretty much made my day. Sure, those two lines won’t have any real impact on the quality of the film, but they were the amazing cherry on top of this already great trailer, so you can bet that I’m going to see Troll the day it comes out.