Polaroid (2019)

Director: Lars Klevberg
Writer: Blair Butler
Based on: Klevberg’s short film
Cast: Kathryn Prescott, Tyler Young, Samantha Logan, Keenan Tracey, Priscilla Quintana, Javier Botet, Mitch Pileggi, Davi Santos, Katie Stevens, Grace Zabriskie
Seen on: 11.1.2019

Content Note: sexualized violence

Bird (Kathryn Prescott) loves photography and works in a second hand shop after school. There her co-worker Tyler (Davi Santos) presents her with an old polaroid camera. Excited, Bird snaps a picture of him but realizes that there is a smudge in the picture – maybe the lens is damaged. A few hours later, Tyler turns up dead and it doesn’t take long for Bird to realizes that whoever is photographed with the camera dies.

I rather enjoyed the short film this long version is based on, but the full-length film, unfortunately, doesn’t quite convince. It’s not a complete loss, but maybe we should have all just stuck with the short film here.

The film poster showing a polaroid camera lying on the floor, in the process of printing out a picture.
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Mama (2013)

Director: Andrés Muschietti
Writer: Neil Cross, Barbara Muschietti, Andrés Muschietti
Based on: this shortfilm
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash, Javier Botet, Jane Moffat

5 years ago, Lucas’ (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) twin brother Jeffrey went on a killing spree, then kidnapped his daughters and disappeared with them into the woods. Now the girls Lilly (Isabelle Nélisse) and Victoria (Megan Charpentier) have been found. Somehow, they managed to survive on their own out there. But when Lucas and his girlfriend Annabelle (Jessica Chastain) take the two of them in under the supervision of psychologist Dr. Dreyfuss (Daniel Kash), Annebelle soon begins to wonder how alone the girls actually were and what followed them back to the house.

The first hour or so, Mama was a tense, stylish masterpiece. But then the film loses drive and I had my problems with Mama’s backstory and the ending.



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