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!
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'm quite surprised that a film where fuck all happens kept me interested until the end.
the radio stuff is good. the concept is good. the execution is not that good though.
Laurie Anderson should sue.
Radio show host and his team must cope with increasingly alarming news of a weird virus outbreak. Intriguing idea is spread too thin in talky, claustrophobic horror that takes way too much to show its cards (major spoiler: the virus is language-borne) and once it does can't find any significant way to play them.
This is a very interesting film about a shock jock and his engineer and producer being isolated in the basement of a church in a radio station when a zombie like outbreak is underway. The way the zombie spore is transmitted is different from every other movie like this.it is listeed as a dark comedy. I did not get that side of it. But I enjoyed it !!!!!
A radio station begins to report a riot happening in a small town community but it turns out to be something much bigger. Although I wasn't a big fan of this, the story was good and I give them credit for making a zombie movie that is fresh, original and unique to the genre!
I'd better be careful about the words I use in this very brief review, or perhaps I should translate it into French. Fun psychological horror film about the evil that lurks in words. Claustrophobic and menacing with good acting.
Bruce McDonald's take on the zombie film fuses all of the genre's expected apocalyptic panic with a subtly self-referential exploration of meaning and metaphor amidst the messiness of language. Shouldn't work but does in his deft hands, never sacrificing pacing as it engages your mind.
"That was our own Ken Loney interviewing a screaming baby coming from Mary Galt's eldest son's last dying gasps. That was a little baby... tiny little baby."
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