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Polaroid teaser poster.jpg
German theatrical release poster
Directed by Lars Klevberg
Screenplay by Blair Butler
Based on Polaroid
by Lars Klevberg
Cinematography Pål Ulvik Rokseth
Edited by Peter Gvozdas
Music by Philip Giffin
Vertical Entertainment (United States)
Lantern Entertainment (International co-distribution with 13 Films)
January 10, 2019 (Germany)
October 11, 2019 (United States)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Budget $8.5 million
Box office $1.7 million
Polaroid is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Lars Klevberg, and based on his 2015 short film of the same name. The film follows high schooler Bird Fitcher, who is given a vintage Polaroid camera that holds dark and mysterious secrets. She soon realizes that those who get their picture taken by it meet a tragic death. It stars Kathryn Prescott, Samantha Logan, Tyler Young, and Javier Botet.
Dimension Films announced the film in 2015, with Klevberg set to direct and Blair Butler writing the script. Principal photography began in Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 9, 2017, and was completed in May 2017. The film was originally set to be released in August 2017, but was rescheduled several times. By October 2018, Lantern Entertainment, which acquired The Weinstein Company/Dimension’s assets through its bankruptcy, and 13 Films, an international distribution and finance company, had struck a deal to co-distribute the film internationally.
Polaroid was theatrically released in Germany on January 10, 2019, by Wild Bunch, and in the United Kingdom on June 1, 2019. It was released in the United States on September 17, 2019 on VOD and on October 11, 2019, in select theatres, by Vertical Entertainment, before streaming on Netflix. The film received mostly negative reviews from critics, with criticism aimed towards the film’s heavy reliance on jump scares and its plot.