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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