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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…
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!
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…
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The concept of an apocalyptic semiotic zombie virus besieging a radio station is an excellent one and I was on board with this movie (excepting the Lawrence Of Arabia musical number) as long as the scope of the world beyond the semi-cozy confines of the radio station kept expanding with other voices, other events, but when it began to collapse in on itself it kind of got lost in attempting greater weight than what could be supported with the tools at hand. This could very well be your cup of whiskey-infused thermos coffee even if it is not quite mine. Pontypool would have been dynamite as a radio play. PS: I dug the Roland Barthes quote/shoutout.
Pretty enjoyable overall though I felt like with some tweaks-less time spent on the first act, more time spent on the mechanics and effects of the virus-it could have really cemented itself as a classic. Would really be interested in a reimagining as a radio show though.
Extremely original and joyfully ludicrous in concept, it certainly keeps things interesting. Worth seeing just to hear Stephen McHattie's voice.
With a gambit this dizzying and ambitious (though maybe not quite dizzyingly ambitious), it's unsurprising that Pontypool is most enticing and effective in its vague first act. Director Bruce McDonald wrings a lot of tension out of the restrictive single-setting location of a radio recording booth and the irony that the shock jock broadcasting is less hip to the sinister goings-on than his listeners. Usually not a stickler for the rules in movies like this but Pontypool's conceit is so puzzling that its opacity tends to fester in one's mind. I'm sure that's the point but I want to unlock this thing. One of those wonderful times where you basically go into a movie cold and are really engaged with it. Stephen McHattie and Lisa Houle are dynamite, posters are misleading.
I had to stop watching this because I was just too confused. At first it was because I felt like the dialogue between Syd and Grant sounded off, then it was because the actual plot wasn't making sense. After reading explanations of the film, I understand it better and can appreciate why many think it's a good movie. It was just too confusing for me. I actually have a headache. I still don't know why I felt the dialogue was weird at one point.
Film #2 of 31 for Hoop-Tober 3.0
6 countries (Canada) - 2/6
5 decades (00's) - 2/5
What I really loved about this is how the entire first half of the film is just 3 folks in a basement doing a radio broadcast... while the story of WTF is going on out there slowly unfolding. The effectiveness of this relies on two things -- 1) That what you imagine is probably scarier than what they could put on screen, and 2) The actor's reactions, growing panic, confusion about what's going on. They are like us... hearing about what's happening as it unravels, rather than experiencing…
let me preface that i am pretty ambivalent to 90% of all zombie media, but pontypool was a fun take on a genre that's been beaten half to death (HA....) it managed to be a bit of a thriller and comedic with unique characters and writing. not overly focused on gore or the Grim Dark Survival Dude, so definitely worth a watch!
Network > The Fog > Pontypool. If Adrienne Barbeau in her radio station was the force holding her community together, well... thirty-five years later, the radio station is just as likely to be the force pushing the community toward collapse. The progress of neoliberalism as social and spiritual entropy.
Interesting that two separate movies of 2008 imagined the apocalypse in terms of humans losing the ability to process language. (See also Shyamalam's The Happening.) And wasn't something similar to that a feature of Stephen King's novel Cell, two years earlier?
My hearing's pretty fried right now, and this is a very dialogue-heavy movie; a lot of the exposition disappeared between the speaker and my ears. (DISCLOSURE: same thing may have happened with Synecdoche New York, too.)
Not sure why it took so long for me to finally watch this. Super interesting film that probably would have been amazing with more resources or a better director.
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