Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
Shut up or die.
Shock jock Grant Mazzy has, once again, been kicked-off the Big City airwaves and now the only job he can get is the early morning show at CLSY Radio in the small town of Pontypool. What begins as another boring day of school cancellations quickly turns deadly. Bizarre reports start piling in of people developing strange speech patterns and committing horrendous acts of violence. But is it real?
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…
I certainly respect that the movie is trying something different with the zombie genre, and I love low-budget indies with imaginative scripts, but this was still a chore to sit through.
I'd heard rather mixed things about this, but was intrigued by the idea of a zombie movie set entirely in a radio broadcast studio. What I wasn't really prepared for was the very original take on the zombie genre. That said, while it's an original idea it's not an idea that I think leaves much scope to be re-used by other zombie movies in the future. Still, originality points all the same.
As per usual I'm keeping my reviews spoiler-free, so I guess I can't explain what this new take on the zombie genre involves. All I can really say is that the zombie plague is spread in a different way to normal. I think this might be how the…
Really confusing. Even the parts that were supposed to make sense made no sense. What was the significance of "Sydney Briar is alive"? Why, when speaking French, did they still use the word "kill" instead of "assassiner"? Why were the kids from the theater group dressed in costume to be on the radio? Did I like it or hate it?? I'm not even sure what I just watched.
Original idea, excellent job working within the constraints of a small budget. Created tension and suspense with words more so than action and violence. One of the more unique zombie films I've seen. Recommended.
Pontypool, Pontypool, Pontypool...
What a bizarre and interesting concept. Its very last minute more puzzling than the 90 preceding it, Pontypool can't really be described, and it's best to enjoy with no expectation of what's to happen. It isn't gory, it isn't mentally scarring, but rather... indecipherable.
A really interesting concept for a horror film, but just oddly executed and downright confusing. The English language infecting people? Might need a second viewing again at some point.
Was it original? Yes. Was it interesting? Kind of. Did it have potential? Yes. But I just didn't get it, a zombie outbreak that spreads through words?.. Ok. The setting was very original, but it just ended up being a wasted oppurtinity.
Looks like Bruce McDonald took the William S. Burroughs' quote "language is a virus from outer space" literally and made a whole damn movie about it.
Wife didn't much care for this, but I got even more out of it this time around. Dissemination of information, the power of the media, the blind obedience of the masses...
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