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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…
Film #25 of the "Scavenger Hunt 2" Challenge!
Task #25 : A film featuring a disease!
A refreshing, original, brilliant, claustrophobic, psychological thriller that is filled with heart pounding suspense!
Stephen McHattie is at the top of his game and nearly put me in cardiac arrest what with the massive amounts of adrenaline pumping through my veins!
After experiencing this I can now fully comprehend the sheer terror radio audiences back in the day may have felt while listening to the infamous "War of the Worlds" radio program that was rumored to have caused panic and mass hysteria amongst its listeners as they thought the program was a real news broadcast even if only for a brief…
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!
Prefer this to It Follows and I've never seen The Newsroom. Very competent and confident. Well-spoken in Horror/Sci-Fi grammar. Not without a few good laughs and memorable shots of Mazze's face and and the sound of his voice contradicting his physical messages creates strong disquieting moments. These moments born from genre are striking and bewildering and sometimes even funny, which keeps rewatches lively and rewarding. As far as comparing this to the aforementioned darling of indie horror in the current cinematic climate "there's no such thing as a little pregnant" has led me into considering how the skill of storytellers handling of a metaphor can be more legitimately potent with it's open-ended touches. Pontypool reminds me of what can be so special about horror, and why It used to be equal parts fun and unnerving. Those are my words.
The idea behind this movie is very interesting, but ultimately it left me without much to say. I wouldn't dissuade someone from watching Pontypool, but I would recommend others before it.
This was weird. The movie was not as good as the opening led me to believe. Makes sense that it was made by an idea a hyperexcited linguist had in his youth.
I feel like Pontypool is one of those films that I (and probably others) would often add to my list of things to watch without really putting any effort into making sure I saw it. So when I finally got my hands on it and found a spare couple of hours I thought "why the hell not?".
Why the hell not indeed. Pontypool is a fantastic little film and well worth your time. Set almost entirely inside a radio station in the church basement, we watch as radio star Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) rants and raves and riles up the good folks of Pontypool one dark, dreary morning. With him are producer Sydney Briar (Lisa Houle) and Laurel-Ann Drummond (Georgina…
horror piuttosto originale e girato in economia di location
Very original and odd zombie-movie. Ironically it gets a little bit tedious as a movie as it's all about words and not so much action.
Ein linguistisches, medienreflexives Zombie-Kammerhörspiel. So ganz trägt die kluge Idee die 90 Minuten nicht, finde ich (gerade die Einleitung zieht sich), dafür hat der Film aber in seinem begrenzten Setting und für die Entstehungszeit schon viel zu sagen über virale Verbreitung und Semantik. Gerade die zeitnahen Medien müssen ihre Sendezeit mit aufsehenerregendem Gelaber füllen, das aber eigentlich ohne Inhalt ist. Wen wundert es da, wenn die Leute blöd werden?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The concept of a linguistic plague is fascinating but the film isn't enough to see it through properly.
I vaguely remember watching Pontypool years ago on television and not fully grasping the concept of the film except for a few zombies and people mumbling weird shit. Revisiting it so many years later has given me an entirely newfound appreciation for the originality, intelligence, and nerve-wracking ambiance of Pontypool. This film harbors intensity in a manner very few other films have achieved and blows practically every other zombie film out of the water. I have never been so afraid of the English language in my life.
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