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!
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.
Enjoyed it. Need to watch it again maybe I'll enjoy it more.
I just discovered one of my favorite horror movies ever. Amazing film, well constructed, clever, great mood and visuals. And absolutely terrifying! Freaked me out.
One of the most original and effective zombie films in recent memory. It is chilling and intelligent. It has great acting and a steadily growing creepy atmosphere. Sydney Briar is alive . . .
Strangest Zombie movie ever?
Pontypool is your everyday-friendly-neighbor-psychological horror- done right, basically. It is fun by all accounts, from atmosphere, tone, score to performance and general plot
With a clever twist on your average zombie movie, Pontypool is what "The Happening" would've been like if it was good, interesting and compelling.
The atmosphere of the movie is probably my favorite part of it, not even the story itself, but the atmosphere mixed with great acting makes the movie so mesmerizing you can't stop watching!
Pontypool is a lot of fun and leaves you on the edge of your seat, not out of fear, but out of sheer and pure curiosity. The plot and the "idea" of it is downright silly, but it's done so…
‘60s experimentalist Andy Warhol garnered his fame by utilizing the repetition of an image or idea until it had lost all meaning. This technique is still used today, though to a lesser extent, and its ideology can still be found in many contemporary forms of media. The film currently under the spotlight being a prime example of such. Based on the novel “Pontypool Changes Everything”, Bruce McDonald’s 2008 film “Pontypool” is the minimalist story, and a unique take on one of the most popular sub genre’s in horror, of a talk radio show staff’s gruesome experience as they live through their last day on the air.
Grant Mazzy (Stephan McHattie) is a much, much less sociopathic version of Alex Jones,…
Because it took place in a small town in Canada. Because I really love zombie movies and this did something completely different with the kind of stupid infection of language idea. Because it scared the crap out of me the first time I watched it. Because it was different. Because you should watch after the credits. Because maybe I should stop talking now.
"How do you stop understanding?"
A zombie film with barely any zombies in it, Pontypool is proof there is always room to innovate in any worn out genre.
Stephen McHattie gives a brilliant performance as Grant Mazzy, a small-town DJ trying to make sense of Armageddon live on air. The entirety of the film plays out inside Grant's studio, as he, his producer and assistant try to interpret the many chaotic and often cryptic messages they receive from various sources. As the film progresses, the shit really starts to hit the proverbial fan as it becomes more and more clear what is actually taking place.
It's a truly original way to tell a story, and an extremely creative way to take a high-concept zombie film…
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