Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
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: the English language.
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…
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…
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.…
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!
Here's a small horror curio. Excluding a short scene at the start and a few shots of an external speaker Pontypool is set entirely within a small radio station and revolves around only 3 characters. What makes it interesting is that the events going on outside are huge. A 28 Days Later, The Last of Us-like scenario of a community being infected by some odd viral strain. A strain which is turning their hosts into babbling crazies.
Being couped up indoors, all the DJ and his producers can do is report on how the situation is escalating through eyewitness phone-ins and deal with the mounting paranoia and a fear of the outside world.
It takes a little while to get…
Scariest horror film ever.
Isn't always consistent, but it's a novel take on an archetypical-type story. I enjoyed it, but your enjoyment is directly related to how far your disbelief can stretch.
A great display of how important audio is to horror movies. Rarely is there action on the scren but it is tense all the same.
A deadly virus affects a town while the employees of a radio station try to figure out what is happening.
A clever twist w/ a virus spread through words. A ton of intensity in a radio station setting.
Angeblich ein Geheimtipp. Ein Zombiefilm praktisch ohne Zombies. Eine Art Kammerspiel da fast der gesamte Film in einer Radiostation spielt. Während draußen immer verücktere Dinge vorgehen, versuchen der Moderator und sein Mitarbeiterinnen den Vorgängen auf den Grund zu gehen.
Nix für mich...ich fand ihn relativ unspannend und die Auflösung sowie das Ende ziemlich blöd.
Darf Geheimtipp bleiben !
Intriguing low budget thriller
I both like and hate the way the infection is spread in this movie. It's interesting but doesn't end up making a lot of sense. Pretty good for an indie thriller/horror movie though.
If the third act was as good as the first two, this would be five stars. Either way, who do I talk to about hiring Stephen McHattie to record audiobooks of my favourite literary works?
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