***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
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: the English language.
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…
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.…
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 was a bit cool on this flick when I first saw it, but over the past year, I keep coming back to it; it's the little horror movie that could. Very low budget, confined to the single set of a radio station in a church basement, a disgraced shock jock reduced to announcing in a tiny Canuck hamlet, his kinda-girlfriend station manager, and a female technical assistant who served in Afghanistan are beset by flesh-eating zombies. What caused the zombies? Language. Specifically, the English language, and more specifically, terms of endearment ("honey") and phrases that might cause cognitive dissonance.
The budget here is so tiny, that we see none of the zombie-chomping horror outside, so we have this wonderful…
1. Slow start
2. Stephen McHattie is awesome.
3. Interesting concept for a "zombie" flick.
4. Kept me interested, but just barely.
Doesn't necessarily follow through on a great first half-hour.
I didn't think they could invent another kind of zombie but here you go.
People seriously enjoyed this? It was disappointedly shit. The premise of Pontypool was slightly interesting? No more less down right stupid. This could've been so much better with the right script and directing. Dialog was irritating as hell, the execution of it was terrible dammit, just utter nonsense. Zombie nonsense, it tried to take it's self way to seriously, going off a bit physiological at a point and it just turns to shit. I'm waiting for this to have some sort of redeeming value but nope. What the acting? It was decent at best . The beginning started off strong but just falls and crash. It tried to take a unique turn in the zombie genre but it couldn't pull off.
I don't know why this only got a 6.7 on iMDB, this should be rated higher. It's well-written and well-acted plus the atmosphere is just right. "Horror" shouldn't really be used to describe it, as it's more of a thriller.
A bit difficult to take seriously... but good performances make the film kind of exciting....
The zombie sub-genre is an oversaturated one of recent years(ala the slasher,vampire,and torture porn sub-genres),ye there are some films in the zombie sub-genre that are actually quite inventive,such as this Canadian film,which depicts how a crass radio disc jockey(Stephen McHattie) and two of his female co-workers suddenly finds themselves trapped inside their station when the zombie apocalypse breaks out throughout their town,bringing chaos and paranoia upon them(before the zombie virus eventually break through into their station). Great performances and an intense atmosphere succeed in making this one a very watchable film. The Corbin Bernsen-directed,Bill Moseley and Patricia Tallman starring 2009 film DEAD AIR was an unofficial American remake/clone/knock-off of this film(which is also a very good film in its own right).
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