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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.
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…
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!
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 interesting from beginning to…
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.
- I love love love the concept of this movie. I first heard about it whilst reading Edward Ross' Filmish. He briefly discussed the symbolism of dialogue in movies and used this as a prime example of how powerful language can be, so i knew i had to see it. Pontypool is so very interesting (if a little over my head) and manages to perfectly conjure up a seriously intense atmosphere considering all we really do is hear about the terrible events happening outside of the radio shack. Also, that stinger ending is how stinger endings should be done.
absolute best after credits scene i have seen in a long time
One of the strangest zombie type films that you will probably ever see. The film starts off more like a drama than a horror flick, then around the middle takes a turn into the zombie genre, then finishes with a weird ending. I liked the celebrity on the downslide getting exiled to a small town plot and the start of the zombie like plague was well done. After that the film has a lot of ups and downs, but it was certainly interesting.
A three-person team of a small town radio show become more and more horrified as reports come in of what seems to be rioting and death. With its small cast and single location, this movie manages to provide a growing sense of tension. It's a fantastic take on the zombie apocalypse story with a unique concept for how the infection spreads. Really enjoyable.
I really enjoyed the unique setting and narrative of this film, but sadly the reveal really took me out of it. I couldn't even finish the movie after that point. The first 2/3 of the movie are really good, though and I'd recommend it just for that.
An absolutely fantastic minimalist horror film. The ideas the film plays with are interesting, the characters stay with you and the atmosphere is haunting.
A hearty recommend.
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This one took me by surprise. I dug the concept going in, but did not expect it to pack the tension and punch that it did for most of its running time. Lost me a little when Dr. Mendez shows up and becomes a 10 minute exposition interruption, but other than that misstep I really enjoyed it.
I was shocked by how good this film was and even more shocked that I had never really heard of it. An eery tale of outbreak, quarantine, and paranoia. Minimalist horror at its finest.
I appreciate what the filmmakers tried to do here. And the idea is pretty innovative. But I wasn't too impressed with the finished product. The DVD I watched had a really bad sound mix so it was hard for me to hear a lot of the dialogue. And the movie is mostly dialogue, so maybe if I catch a good viewing of this I will like it better.
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a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
I'm waiting to make the jump up to my 300 favorite horror flicks but I'll take the leap soon.