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Shut up or die.
When disc jockey Grant Mazzy reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it's just another day at work. But when he hears reports of a virus that turns people into zombies, Mazzy barricades himself in the radio booth and tries to figure out a way to warn his listeners about the virus and its unlikely mode of transmission.
A big thanks to Steve G for recommending this film.
IT FREAKED ME THE FUCK OUT!
Holy hell, I still have goosebumps all over! It's so clever, and just brilliantly terrifying. The only thing keeping it from receiving a full blow five star review, is that the story takes a turn halfway through that made me sigh deeply and force a very one-sided, and very unhappy conversation with my television: "what? Really?.... Oh, what the hell... Why do that? WHY!? Rewrite, re-fucking-write!".
To my relief (and my DvD players survival) it did carry on pretty well after the plot dive, and managed to deliver a pretty good ending after all. I'd recommend this to EVERYONE... everyone... everyone. everyone. everyone...…
”Pontypool .. Pontypool .. PontypoolPontypoolPontypool, Pon-ty-pool. … Now I eat you.
This is my first revisit to Pontypool, although I pass by it several times a month. I usually hunt the dial for radio CLSY, but can never seem to find it. A small shiver always runs down my spine as I pass the exit.
Pontypool is like no other film I’ve seen. It’s not only unique as a horror, but as a film itself. Borrowing more from Orson Wells’s War of the Worlds radio broadcast than its own source novel, Pontypool creates its world and characters with elegant compactness. Within the first few minutes we know all about our lead character, Grant Mizzy, a shock-jock from the big…
Pontypool is one of those films that I have nearly watched numerous times - on DVD, on TV and on various internet sites. I don't think anything was putting me off watching it as I purposely stopped myself from knowing anything about it. As it turned out, I don't think knowing the basic plot could have prepared me from what I was about to see.
My global tour of pant-shitters brings me to Canada for the tale of radio presenter Stephen McHattie and his producers Georgina Reilly and Lisa Roule trying to figure out what the hell is going on in the titular town around during a live broadcast.…
Let's make radio.
The film is best be described as a psychological horror. The main characters (and the viewer) experience the "horror" through first and second hand accounts from people calling into the radio station. Never actually seeing what's happening, but hearing descriptions of what's going on. This ends up being surprisingly engrossing and suspenseful.
The entire film in fact takes place inside a small radio station with a staff of three people. On paper this film has everything going against it, but it works because of the exceptional directing by Bruce McDonald. Considering the film takes place in a very small building it's quite amazing how he's able to keep the film visually interesting from beginning to…
I had no idea what this would be about when I started watching it. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be one of the smartest, tightest, most engrossing and original horror films I've seen this year! Canada rules the indie scene!
Big city radio host Grant Mazzy is just finding his feet in his new position at Pontypool's humble radio station. During one of his nightly broadcasts, a strange hive mind inducing viral outbreak slowly takes a grip on the small towns population.
Amazingly sharp, psychological take on the tired zombie genre. Premise starts out a little like "The Fog"'s rural radio broadcaster, but the story takes its own unique path. It begins with a light slightly humorous tone, but slowly becomes claustrophobic, the plot really twists and turns and becomes much darker as the movie progresses. The movie hinges on actor Stephen McHattie and the character of Mazzy. It features great music and amazing sound production that add greatly to the sense of tension. Likewise the direction is sublime by Bruce McDonald. But top marks to Tony Burgess writing, I can't wait to see his next movie 'Hellmouth' now, which also casts McHattie in the lead.
A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.
Effectively a Zombie film, but without ever really seeing the Zombies. Focusing on the confusion of an outbreak through the characters at a tiny radio station, Pontypool is really good at creating suspense in a single location environment.
It's not full of action, but for people who don't mind an intelligent psychological thriller/Horror then this is well worth seeking out.
After a second viewing I still can't stop thinking about this film. Such a unique take on the zombie apocalypse.
Иеди, перекликающиеся с теми что я обнаружил в The Phantom Pain. Было очень интересно, учитывая что в кино я таких идей ещё не видел.
На мой взгляд фильм не до конца исследует эту замечательную идею влияния языка на нашу жизнь. Как впрочем не до концаона была исследована в The Phantom Pain. Видимо это слишком большой кусок, чтобы прожевать его.
The film builds an atmosphere of horror and suspense. A zombie movie that barely shows any zombies.
It's interesting. But honestly. Just creeped out right now.
"Kill is kiss"
"Pontypool" is a film I'm kind of conflicted about. It's got a surprisingly interesting premise (which I don't want to spoil), a lack of any genuine scares, and is almost entirely dialogue based. i can't really call this one a horror film even though it's marketed as such. That's not really a knock against it, though. An inferior film would resort to cheap scares.
The beginning is going to completely confuse you. I'd encourage you to watch till the end, which suddenly makes the beginning make sense. Honestly my favorite thing about this one is that every nonsensically funny thing you hear is given context eventually, it's not there for no reason.
And yet it's getting a pretty decent review…
This low budget horror movie is frustrating because it takes an intriguing premise and botches it in a number of ways when executing. The basic premise is a pretty good twist on the zombie formula which posits a situation in which a zombie disease is spread through language instead of through biting. Scientifically this makes no sense at all, but its illogical nature just makes it all the more creepy and I like how the film avoids over-explaining the situation. The idea of setting the whole thing at a radio station where a small group of workers slowly learn about what’s going on around them also had potential but was also a weakness at times. The means by which these…
Dollying around faces.
Someone phones into a radio station to report on the air that all hell is breaking loose in a small Canadian town. There is some kind of outbreak causing people to engage in psychotic behavior. Excellent tension filled first half that eventually becomes a parody of itself when we find out what is really going on.
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