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 delivery 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!
Big city radio host Grant Mazzy is just finding his feet in his new position at Pontypool's humble radio station. During one of his nightly broadcasts, a strange hive mind inducing viral outbreak slowly takes a grip on the small towns population.
Amazingly sharp, psychological take on the tired zombie genre. Premise starts out a little like "The Fog"'s rural radio broadcaster, but the story takes its own unique path. It begins with a light slightly humorous tone, but slowly becomes claustrophobic, the plot really twists and turns and becomes much darker as the movie progresses. The movie hinges on actor Stephen McHattie and the character of Mazzy. It features great music and amazing sound production that add greatly to the sense of tension. Likewise the direction is sublime by Bruce McDonald. But top marks to Tony Burgess writing, I can't wait to see his next movie 'Hellmouth' now, which also casts McHattie in the lead.
Intriguing, expertly executed
An almost War of the Worlds-esque study of what reporting on a novel type of zombie disaster might be like.
Lots of fun, not really a horror movie, more a quirky, mildly absurdist indie comedy where an understaffed local radio station does its best to report on the bizarre and violent events going on outside. It does pretty well to make this set-up seem like an interesting kind of formalism and not just a staged play, helped by a great performance - or at least, an incredible voice - from McHattie. I have heard people complain that the movie's pretentious but I don't feel like whatever ideas it has or allusions to Ionesco or whatever are particularly obtrusive.
This movie just gets better and better each time I watch it. Which is pretty cool considering the first time I saw it, I thought it was just alright. Has grown on me considerably. Now I love the hell out of it. Really wish they would get going on the sequel.
Interesante punto de vista de un ataque zombie desde los medios de comunicación, en este caso en una estación de radio. Terror psicológico y un toque bizarro.
Es que su voz es muy guapa. Killer's kiss.
Tony Burgess adapted his novel PONTYPOOL CHANGES EVERYTHING for this inventive Canadian zombie flick by the director of the acclaimed ROADKILL and HIGHWAY 61. McHattie (CENTENNIAL) is perfectly cast as power-voiced small-town DJ Grant Mazzy, whose past antics have limited his employment options to a small station in a church basement in Pontypool, Ontario. Along with producer Houle and engineer Reilly, Mazzy’s usual routine of broadcasting school closings and lost cat news is shockingly broken by reports of townspeople chanting and eating each other. No, the word “zombie” is never used by McDonald and Burgess, and technically it’s only a zombie movie like 28 DAYS LATER is a zombie movie, because the cause of Pontypool’s collapse is a virus caused…
Causa genuino terror sobre un enemigo del cual no puedes ver hasta ya pasando la mitad de la película. La narración de los personajes es lo que genera miedo y hacen que tu cabeza llene todos los espacios. Los zombis —el motivo por el que son zombis— sí son un poco risibles, pero la intriga y el suspenso llegan a donde tienen que llegar.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.