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.
Effective in its delivery, but still a little too silly to take seriously.
This is a great premise, and it's done pretty well. The problem is that it starts to slow down quite a bit, and then gets a little convoluted as it progresses. It starts out with a bang, but ends softer. Still worth a viewing on Netflix Instant, though.
Words as a virus that corrupts the mind and turns people into mindless drones. Probably resonates now more than ever thanks to social media.
Probably safe to say this is the only zombie move ever to quote Roland Barthes.
The popularity of Zombies is at an all time high. With the Grandad of the living dead, George A. Romero creating films on the undead for over 40 years, the genre has evolved and adapted over the decades to become one of the leading sub-genres of horror. With highly successful television such as ‘The Walking Dead’ being at the forefront of the genre (for the time-being), character development takes priority over the walkers as they take a shuffling step to the back of proceedings.
Pontypool decided to take its inspiration from other known media with the entirety of the movie occurring in one location, a radio station in the centre of an outbreak. With this, it clearly draws its influences…
Engaging and pretty innovative film. I really like the perspective and atmosphere the film takes, with like 99% of the camerawork taking place in a cozy little radio station. As the DJ and two personnel try to report the alarming situation, things gradually get out of hand. The increasing tension and thrills are done quite well, and I did was very interested throughout most of the film. However, about 2/3 in, the scenario gets explained and the truth is disclosed to the viewers...and then it somewhat slows down. There is some gore and intensity, but it really starts to drag. However, a satisfying horror/thriller!
Dos o tres sustos express, una gran historia contada desde un sótano, grandes personajes y el peor de todos los enemigos: las palabras.
Cómo no adorar Pontypool.
What just happened?
After a short break from the movie industry, where I managed to get really into and then totally put off by "The Following", I'm back with a unique if not spectacular PONTYPOOL. Honestly, what were they thinking with Season 2? Truly awful...biggest nose dive for a show since "Heroes" went to the carnival.
Anyway, PONTYPOOL was fun and featured about thirty minutes of an intense, focused, and really unique movie that started a bit slow and ended in a completely unsatisfying way. I loved when the first report came in and they were going through and acting on the situation, deciding what to do, attempting to decipher all the facts/rumors, etc. The phone call with the correspondent was awesome, almost…
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