Horror Polaroid (2017)

Kevin

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Polaroid the 2017 feature film is not related to the Polaroid 2017 short film but they do both have the same basic premise... and old instant film camera is found, you take pictures with it, the pictures reveal things you really don't want to see, and then bad things happen.


Polaroid the feature film is produced by the same team that did US versions of The Ring and The Grudge. There really isn't anything new to be found... bunch of high school kids, loners, cameras, blood, mayhem, and demons. It seems to take bits & pieces from other films, notably The Ring and Final Destination, and wraps it up with a new cover. Instead of watching a video, your picture is taken. Instead of being unable to avoid fate by dying in an accident you can't avoid dying by a demon after having your picture being taken.

On a different note... if you're going to use a camera as the main item of a film then at least get the usage of right. The flash being shown in the trailer is so bright it makes it look like somebody is turning on an outdoor floodlight used for spotting enemy aircraft or signalling for Batman. And the resulting pictures? So underdeveloped it looks like no flash at all was used. The real kicker? The camera model shown doesn't even have a flash; it would've used a disposable flash bar inserted into a slot. :cautious:

Personally I think they went in the wrong direction. Instead of the usual high school kids fighting evil they could've gone the route of Death Note -- take a picture of somebody and that person dies. Or maybe add a Jinn (genie) twist to it... the person in the picture dies but so does somebody else who has nothing to do with it other than knowing you and the 'demon' is the Jinn.
 
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sci-fi-dude

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Polaroid the 2017 feature film is not related to the Polaroid 2017 short film but they do both have the same basic premise... and old instant film camera is found, you take pictures with it, the pictures reveal things you really don't want to see, and then bad things happen.


Polaroid the feature film is produced by the same team that did US versions of The Ring and The Grudge. There really isn't anything new to be found... bunch of high school kids, loners, cameras, blood, mayhem, and demons. It seems to take bits & pieces from other films, notably The Ring and Final Destination, and wraps it up with a new cover. Instead of watching a video, your picture is taken. Instead of being unable to avoid fate by dying in an accident you can't avoid dying by a demon after having your picture being taken.

On a different note... if you're going to use a camera as the main item of a film then at least get the usage of right. The flash being shown in the trailer is so bright it makes it look like somebody is turning on an outdoor floodlight used for spotting enemy aircraft or signalling for Batman. And the resulting pictures? So underdeveloped it looks like no flash at all was used. The real kicker? The camera model shown doesn't even have a flash; it would've used a disposable flash bar inserted into a slot. :cautious:

Personally I think they went in the wrong direction. Instead of the usual high school kids fighting evil they could've gone the route of Death Note -- take a picture of somebody and that person dies. Or maybe add a Jinn (genie) twist to it... the person in the picture dies but so does somebody else who has nothing to do with it other than knowing you and the 'demon' is the Jinn.
That's pretty scary Kevin......
Aroooooooooooo. Scarrryyyy...
 

Tom

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Thanx, I'll be watching for it.

Another film that I have seen dealing with SciFi Photography with a Horror pretense is Time Lapse

Time Lapse ( 2014 )
Time Lapse: Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24hrs into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.

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  • Currently 3.94/5
(361 votes)
Ratings: IMDB: 6.4/10 Metascore: N/A RT: N/A
Released:
May 24, 2014
Runtime: 104 mins
Genres: Sci-Fi
Countries: USA
Director: Bradley King
Actors: Danielle Panabaker Matt OLeary

I thought it was okay. Liked the time implications and how it takes a sinister turn.

 

Tom

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Another film dealing with horror and cameras is the Shutter films. One from Thialand is the original and then there is a US remake.

Shutter ( 2004 )
Shutter: A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.

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  • Currently 3.62/5
(231 votes)
Ratings: IMDB: 7.1/10 Metascore: N/A RT: N/A
Released:
September 09, 2004
Runtime: 97 mins
Genres: Fantasy Horror Mystery Thriller
Countries: Thailand
Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun
Actors: Abhijati 'Meuk' Jusakul Ananda Everingham Binn Kitchacho Chachchaya Chalemphol Duangporn Sontikhan Jitlada Korsangwichai Kachormsak Naruepatr Natthaweeranuch Thongmee Panitan Mavichak Panu Puntoomsinchal Saifon Nanthawanchal Samruay Jaratjaroonpong Sivagorn Muttamara Titikarn Tongprasearth Unnop Chanpaibool


Shutter ( 2008 )
Shutter: A newlywed couple Ben and Jane move to Japan for a promising job opportunity - a fashion shoot in Tokyo. During their trip on a dark forest road they experience a tragic car accident, leading to the death of a young local girl. Upon regaining consciousness, they find no trace of her body. A bit distraught the couple arrives in Tokyo to begin their new life. Meanwhile Ben begins noticing strange white blurs in many of his fashion shoot photographs. Jane believes that the blurs are actually spirit photography of the dead girl who they hit on the road, and that she may be seeking vengeance.

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  • Currently 3.41/5
(356 votes)
Ratings: IMDB: 5.2/10 Metascore: 37% RT: 7%
Released:
March 19, 2008
Runtime: 85 mins
Genres: Horror Mystery Thriller
Countries: USA
Director: Masayuki Ochiai
Actors: David Denman James Kyson-Lee John Hensley Joshua Jackson Kei Yamamoto Masami Kosaka Megumi Okina Rachael Taylor Rana Morrison Reila Aphrodite Tanya Allen Yoshiko Miyazaki

 

Kevin

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Polaroid the 2017 feature film is not related to the Polaroid 2017 short film but they do both have the same basic premise... and old instant film camera is found, you take pictures with it, the pictures reveal things you really don't want to see, and then bad things happen
This one ended up missing it's 2017 release thanks to the Harvey Weinstein mess, now it looks like Netflix might be picking up the full international rights to it.
 
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