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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.
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…
Film #25 of the "Scavenger Hunt 2" Challenge!
Task #25 : A film featuring a disease!
A refreshing, original, brilliant, claustrophobic, psychological thriller that is filled with heart pounding suspense!
Stephen McHattie is at the top of his game and nearly put me in cardiac arrest what with the massive amounts of adrenaline pumping through my veins!
After experiencing this I can now fully comprehend the sheer terror radio audiences back in the day may have felt while listening to the infamous "War of the Worlds" radio program that was rumored to have caused panic and mass hysteria amongst its listeners as they thought the program was a real news broadcast even if only for a brief…
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!
How do you stop understanding?
A shock-jock radio host builds up a show and ratings by inciting people and causing anger. Particularly popular shock-jock hosts are masters at their craft, able to get a rise of a listening audience in a matter of moments. It just doesn’t take a controversial topic though, it requires a host with a tongue that can convey it in a way to get that reaction. Although you can only make people angry for so long, so what happens when they tune out? We meet that in Pontypool, our protagonist Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) finds himself resorted to hosting the radio in the titular small town after his brand of shock-jock journalism loses him job after job.
Pontypool starts off with…
Thumbs Up: The first half is totally gripping, the radio studio concept leaving you to imagine the horrors outside (which in turn makes them about 1000 times more terrifying), and then as the whole thing slides into absurdist dark-comedy it takes on that feeling of nightmare logic - a bizarre world of ever shifting rules thats as hostile as it is inescapable. Stephen McHattie is great and the rest of the cast are solid, nice score, plus holds back on the gore until just the right moment.
Thumbs Down: Some of the absurdism didn't always blend with the realistically drawn characters who seem like they are honestly just trying to find a way out of this situation, plus the ending was weird but might benefit from a rewatch.
An interesting and original take on the zombie genre.
It all starts with a crazy woman on the side of the road and a mention of a lost cat named Honey. Pontypool is a wildly inventive take on horror, comedy and the siege film all rolled up into one big confusing ball of blood, death and radio.
Grant Mazzy is a washed up radio shock-jock who's been forced to work a crappy morning show in Ontario Canada. Fired by his previous employers, Mazzy is trying to stay true to himself while also keeping this job. His producer on the other hand wants him to fit into a tiny, formulaic box. And that's when things start to go crazy.
The entire film takes place in the radio station as Mazzy…
The first 20 minutes of this thing was pretty good. I thought it was a good premise/set-up but once the doctor showed up, I dunno, it just started to drag. Stephen McHattie was fine as were the other actors. I guessed what the characters eventually thought would end the crisis about 30 minutes before they discussed it. By the time we were into the final 1/3 of the film, I was watching the clock. It's a shame, really, because I really thought the beginning was great. I wish the final hour was a good as the first 30 minutes.
There's something really creepy about knowing there's a zombie outbreak outside but not being able to do anything about it. The protagonists in this film run a radio station and are hearing reports from around the town of the horrific outbreak and this works terrifically well in ramping up tension for at least the first hour.
After that the film runs out of juice a little bit as it hobbles towards the finish line. The ultimate explanation for the zombie hoard is unsatisfying and no where near as intelligent as it thinks it is.
But the originality is evident and it should be congratulated till the cows come home.
I doff my cap
I grew up thirty minutes away from Pontypool, Ont. There's no radio station.
The most unique zombie movie I've ever seen.
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