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!
"Its not the end of the world, its just the end of the day."
Even though Halloween is over, I have yet to get my fill of fear. Now this one is certainly a surprise that seems destined for the average pile at best. While many horror films fall into the categories of torture porn(Hostel) or not that scary(The Conjuring) this one is surprisingly memorable. People may recognize Stephen McHattie from some tv show that they don't remember. All the others are unknowns to me, but they hold their own in terms of acting. However, the biggest star is the most important in horror and that's the atmosphere.
I'm not a fan of gore for the shock value since it…
Would love to see this as part of an "Audio Horror" list! Maybe including Berberian Sound Studio and Blow Out? Refreshing to see and hear something a little different with a new take on the zombie formula.
No existe nada infeccioso en las palabras que no provengan de sus ideas. Lo problemático no es el sonido o la forma, el soma constituyente de su existencia, sino lo que contiene de reproductivo dentro de sí, la lógica detrás de sí que le dota de significado; «perro» significa perro, pero cada persona piensa en un perro específico —o en una abstracción, en último término— a pesar de que todos comprendamos el mismo fundamento. Toda palabra es un virus por su concepción, por aquello de su contenido que es reproductible en la mente de otros más allá de lo particular, no por ser palabras.
Pontypool significa porque es un conflicto abierto entre el acto comunicativo puro y el acto poético:…
I have seen a lot of zombie movies over the years, so much so to the point where the living dead are hardly a scare factor. Enter Pontypool where the unknown reigns supreme and words are the source of the virus. Pontypool is unnerving, tense and genuinely acted with excellent pacing. Kudos to the filmmakers for providing a genuine twist on the genre.
Almost quit this movie 20 minutes in. Glad I didn't because the story starts to pick up right after and make sense. Pretty original premise on the zombie genre. There are some bits I thought were silly but overall good film
Not what you'd expect. Zombies? Nope. Words.
All I knew about Pontypool was that is was supposed to be an "original infection/infected" film along the same lines as the 28 series. So I decided to give it a go.
I must say, I wasn't disappointed. For a low budget horror flick with only one set, Pontypool does a fantastic job at setting up tension and suspense. Most of the plot is revealed through the main character, Mazzy's, morning radio show. Through callers calling in to the station, or the team digging around on the internet and police scanners, they discover that their small town of Pontypool is under quarantine due to some sort of viral outbreak. While I won't spoil it for you, I will say that…
Pontypool is completely different than the average zombie movie. This movie has a completely different take on zombies and on how the infection starts to how you can get infected and it is really unique. The first half of the movie is great at building up tension because the whole movie takes place inside the radio station and you know that there are attacks and people going crazy outside of the station but you don't actually get to see anything of what is happening until the second half of the movie and the film paces itself really well to keep you interested and engrossed in the movie on what you hear is happening until you actually see it. This movie has some great acting, a great, claustrophobic atmosphere and great effects. This is a great zombie movie which I recommend to any zombie movie lover.
A really interesting, well executed horror thriller centred on a radio station's breakfast show which starts to receive wide reports of a massive breakdown in society.
Like a good thriller, it's what you don't see that keeps you on edge. In this case, the drip drip of information that comes into the 3 person radio team, which they are unable to verify creates a lot of uncertainty and suspense.
However, the big decision as a film maker here is, how much do we reveal? I would argue that in this case, a little bit too much. Once you go into explaining the causes, it can start to feel a bit silly towards the end. Nevertheless, a low budget film worth taking a look at for its strong performances and tight dialogue.
The zombie genre has definitely run out of fresh ideas, and for that reason I was initially very receptive to "Pontypool". This is unique and original in every sense of the words, but unfortunately, as the film comes to a conclusion, all you're left with is a lot of frustration and more unanswered questions than you can count.
I was intrigued by the opening moments, and more than willing to follow the film anywhere but it only collapses under the weight of many preposterous plot twists. The very idea of the infection being spread through words, especially through terms of endearment, is novel but it's also the film's biggest stumbling block. It's a lofty concept that is virtually impossible to…
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