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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…
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!
A remarkably fresh & highly original example of restrained craftsmanship that's clever, captivating & at times amusing, Pontypool is a smartly structured, patiently narrated & brilliantly performed Canadian horror that establishes an aura of unrelenting tension & mystery with immaculate precision during its first half but loses some of its potency when it lets the cat out of the bag in the remaining half.
The story of Pontypool takes place in the titular town and unfolds at a radio station where a radio announcer is going through his usual morning schedule with two of his associates before they are interrupted by one of their reporters who feeds them disturbing intel about an uprising in the small town that is rapidly getting out of control,…
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…
The first half of this movie is a real hoot - funny, tense, and entirely unique. The midpoint shift delivers even more tension and even more humor with the introduction of Dr. Mendez.
The film begins to lose its way a bit when the exposition kicks into gear. The central concept - what exactly it is that's causing whatever is happening - is rather intriguing, but doesn't hold up incredibly well to scrutiny. (Couldn't the non-infected just wear ear plugs and call it a day?). The ending was also a bit strange, veering dangerously close to simply being silly, and the after credits scene - I'm still not quite sure what that was all about (though I will be the first to admit that it looked cool).
A very well made and wholly original film that just barely missed that 8/10 rating. Still, I'll give it four stars, if only for its fresh take on a dead genre.
Spent a lot of this film wondering if it was actually just a really good radio play trying to justify itself as a movie. But once they get into the language elements, which ends up justifying why it needs to take place in a radio station and employs more visual storytelling, made necessary by the plot. A little messy toward the end, where it's trying to make points about cross-cultural miscommunication and brute-force solutions to that sort of problem, none of which land quite right.
This is a very subtle and unique horror film that moves through the story at a very smooth pace. Reminiscent of Orson Well's "War of the World" broadcast, this film creates a very tight wrapped world that is very fresh for a horror movie. The film follows a radio station where events are happening, and the station workers (and audience) are trying to figure out whats happening not the outside.
I found this film very intriguing. It builds a lot of suspense and really keeps us in the dark about whats happening, until we can finally piece together the mystery. The characters and the audience have the same information and we learn at the same pace that they do.
DAMMIT. This film was frustrating. Not because it was bad, because the first two acts are so good, suspenseful, funny, and unique. Then we get to the third act and the reveal of what is going on with this mysterious outbreak making people violent zombie-types...the explanation is so damn dumb it completely removes all suspense they had built. It is laughably bad. Every bit of positive they had went right out the window. I'll still give it a marginal grade, and the twist may work for some, but it didn't work at all for me.
I bet this movie scared the shit out of a bunch of English teachers.
I'm trying to figure out the degree to which my general contentment with this movie was due to Stephen McHattie's voice.
This is two movies. The first: An emotionally gripping, ridiculously intense thriller. The second: A fun twist on zombie movies.
It's a shame they're both trying to exist in the same body, because there really are two feature-lengths here. I'm a huge fan of the first - an audio-only play-by-play of a zombie apocalypse set in a basement radio station is an idea someone should have had a long time ago. It's brilliant.
The second movie doesn't quite come together for me. I don't think it's given enough time to develop. There's serious potential there, but we only get the broad strokes. The tone doesn't quite gel.
Bruce McDonald wanted to do a little too much here. Not everything fits. But what makes its way inside is worth admiring.
Starts to mess with your mind a little, especially when you start mispronouncing words or saying the wrong thing.
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