Pontypool

Pontypool

DVD - 2009
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Mazzy used to be a certified radio superstar, but working in Pontypool is a far shot from working in the big city. Today, however, as Mazzy prepares for his regular routine of reading the weather, updating school closings, and pleading his case for a little on-air controversy to producer Sydney Bryer (Lisa Houle), the appearance of an unexpected figure signals the beginning of a disturbing phenomenon in the small town of Pontypool. Heading to work, Mazzy is nearly run over by a distraught woman who seems to have lost her grip on reality. Later, reports of a shoot-out between provincial police and a group of local ice fishers are made even more bizarre by the revelation that they were all screaming gibberish, running around nude, and missing body parts. By the time a riot breaks out in Dr. Mendez's (Hrant Alianak) office, it's obvious to Mazzy that the residents of Pontypool are suffering from a strange form of contagious dementia, but what has caused this bizarre outbreak and, more importantly, how can it be stopped?
Publisher: Toronto : Maple Pictures, c2009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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goalie33_0
Sep 14, 2017

Such a good movie! I was so scared at the end!

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mamabadger56
Aug 26, 2016

This is a zombie movie (sort of) for people who generally can't stand zombie movies. The focus is on the interesting cause of the zombie-like epidemic, which relates to our use, or misuse, of language. The claustrophobic setting and dark humour add to the horror and suspense. Original and well done.

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aridge
Dec 27, 2014

Just really frellin' Weird. A nice change from any other zombie film I've seen.

KateHillier Oct 18, 2014

Sometimes horror films surprise you. I'd never heard of this one before I found it here at the library. Smart, rather slow burning until you get a sense of what is going on, and it holds you tight. The thing is only 96 minutes but it feels like a lot longer - and I mean that in a good way.

It's a normal Valentine's day in Pontypool, Ontario. Ex-shock jock Grant heads in to work at the local radio station. The news is going as normal until a correspondent reports on a mob gathering in front of a doctor's office. The mob is also speaking and acting very strangely.

This sounds like the beginning of a typical zombie film but it really is not. The infection being spread is very specific but also very random too. Much imagination points for that as well to the claustrophobia of being stuck in a radio station without much contact with outside except with people calling in. It's a very Orson Wells/War of the Worlds sort of vibe.

I am so impressed with this and so glad I took a chance. I encourage you to do the same.

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jazeebelle
Apr 25, 2014

i REALLY like the original premise in this film. I thought it gave a clear new spin on an old subject and was executed wonderfully. Highly recommended!

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Ildianna
Sep 15, 2013

Not a movie for audiences who expect a run-of-the-mill horror/thriller. Its a very clever and artistically done film that is aimed at a specific viewer. It is disturbing but might not be scary for most people. It mostly takes place in a recording studio since it was a limited budget but it is a very interesting concept.

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heartofoak
Feb 20, 2013

I was really looking forward to this after reading the reviews, but honestly I was disappointed. Pretty mediocre - no real suspense, no characters worth cheering for, & a weak story.

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DerekBauer
Jan 02, 2012

Spoiler alert. A zombie movie in which people are infected by language, and not just any language, but English. Those who hear French are not infected. That is why French Canadian soldiers are sent to deal with the zombie outbreak. If this is supposed to be an allegory of the "two solitudes", it just doesn't work. This film is simply awful, and is an embarrassment to the Canadian film industry. One of the worst films I've ever seen.

TTLeeLee Jul 22, 2011

Good little horror flick.

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Iggmeister
Apr 12, 2011

Embarrassing - even by Canadian standards.

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goalie33_0
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daniz64
Oct 20, 2010

A group at a radio station are having a seemingly normal day broadcasting during a blizzard until strange things start happening, a virus like you wouldnt believe starts to take over pontypool!

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