Horror Review: Polaroid (2019)

High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.

I want you to think of the first time you watched something Horror related, was it a cartoon filled with monsters? A TV show telling ghost stories? Or did you dive straight in and watch a film?

The point I’m trying to make is that we all start somewhere and whilst there’s a lot of negativity towards PG-13 Horror films there’s no denying that we all started somewhere. They can provide some great ‘gateway’ films to pique the interest of the young viewer, this can be the start of a journey into the Horror genre.
Why am I rambling about this? Well this film is exactly that, it’s a PG-13 rated Horror aimed at a younger audience and whilst it may leave older fans disappointed it could be that ‘gateway’ film that I was talking about for that younger audience who are yet to dip their toes into our beloved genre.
If I’m truly honest the film itself is full of cliches and it is a very generic offering but what else would you seriously be expecting from a film like this? It’s like watching a full feature film of a 90’s “Are You Afraid Of The Dark?” episode, whether that’s a good or bad thing I will leave up to you to decide.
The actors actually do a good job, as a huge “X-Files” fan I was especially happy to see Mitch Pileggi as I don’t think the guy gets enough credit. I also have to admit that I really enjoyed the way the film wrapped its story up, it actually made for an interesting ending that I wasn’t expecting.
As stated earlier “Polaroid” is a generic film but I can see it being that ‘gateway’ film for quite a few viewers. Would I recommend it? Well it depends on your taste but if anything I’d say it’s at least worth a viewing if you’re stuck for what to watch.
If you want to see the “Polaroid” trailer then just click on the video below:
Miscellaneous facts about the film:
The film was initially going to be released during the summertime on August 25, 2017, but it was pushed to December 1, 2017. Dimension Films then opted for a release date in time for Thanksgiving, debuting on November 22, 2017. Finally, three weeks before the release, Lantern Entertainment (previously known as The Weinstein Company)/Dimension Films put the movie on hold indefinitely due to the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
This film is based on Lars Klevberg’s short film Polaroid (2015).
The camera used in the movie is a Polaroid SX-70. Whenever it is used in the trailer, the distinctive sound of a charging flashgun is heard, followed by a pop and visible flash when the picture is taken. However, the SX-70 has no flash built in and there is no flash attachment fitted to the camera.
The movie was filmed in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada, at the Prince Andrew High School.
Additional photography was filmed in Los Angeles in June of 2017, weeks before the original release date. The movie was then shelved indefinitely.

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