It has been announced that the Weinstein brothers and Dimension Films are to develop a feature film of the Norwegian horror short Polaroid. The film was noticed after it won Best Short and Best Cinematography at the LA Horror Short Film Festival, though in Norway it was rejected by all festivals, including the Grimstad Short Film Festival.
Petter Lokke and John Hagen at El Dorado Films produced the short with director Lars Klevberg. Dimension acquired the movie rights and has set Klevberg to direct and produce with Lokke and Hagen, and the script will go out to writers to adapt into a feature film.
The 14-minute short, which has been compared favourably to The Ring, follows Sarah (Annika Witt) and Linda (Thea Sofie Loch Næss) as they discover an old Polaroid camera in the clearing of Sarah’s house. In their own selfishness they exploit the camera, only to discover the horrible past it hides.
Løkke says that it was a cheap film to make but that did not compromise its quality. “It is certainly a lucky time for us,” he said. “They’re watching Norwegians and Scandinavians here (in LA). We get to the good stuff in a cheap way.”