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Shock jock Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) has been kicked off the airwaves and now works at a small-town morning show. Another mundane day on the job quickly turns deadly when reports pile in of people developing strange speech patterns and evoking brutal acts of violence. Before long, Mazzy discovers that the behaviour is actually spread through language. Does he stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued or, is he providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the real world?
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PS The other reviewer makes good point too.
As Mazzy starts his broadcast the town goes viral in an "Impulse" (1984 Meg Tilly) type of way. What I disliked about the DVD cover description is that it gives you the cause of the infestation, which takes away from the fun of trying to figure it out. The production is shot rather modestly inside a radio station. This could become a zombie play, although the infected people are not true zombies even by our expanded movie definition.
The production has a unique plot and well played. It would definitely make for a conversation piece of anyone's zombie collection.
PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, no sex. no violence. Some Blood.
The story finds a radio talk host,McHattie,in the rural town of Pontypool,Ontario(in the Kawartha's).He is a drinker and has been fired from his big city gig,and has been forced by circumstances to try his luck out in rural Ontario.His first morning there he spends trying to "get" his audience,and their attention("Take no prisoners"),while getting on the last nerve of his female producer.On his way into work that snowy and cold morning,he had a very brief encounter with a woman who came towards his stopped car,then mysteriously backed away.
The first glimmer of something really amiss comes when the stations "eyes in the sky" reporter witnesses the walls of a doctors office burst outward,with many people dying in the process.As they try and digest this their broadcast gets interrupted by a transmission in French,which we later learn is from the military.They ask people not to use any terms of endearment and not to speak English.Things start spiraling downward from here,even to getting a hook up with a BBC program who seem to think this incident and others they have heard about there,are related to separatist activities.The stations"eyes in the sky" reporter now becomes holed up on a farm and witnesses the crowds walking by and their strange behaviour and babblings.Eventually the reporter himself starts to talk in riddles and they must cut him off.Read more ›
Best recent canadian movie since REAL TIME.
It's more of a slow paced thriller rather than a horror. Also, you shouldn't be able to call it low-budget, they didn't need to waste millions on pointless explosions; they spent the money needed, and it works. Some people seem to think low budget means shotty and not worth the time. There are some plot holes when you think about it, but very logical online arguments would prove otherwise.
movie rating 9 everything on the dvd 10
Release Date: Jan. 25 2010'....... IS region FREE !
which is great since there doesn't seem to be a north american hi-def release. the xfer is wonderful (no noticeable DNR EE etc) and the audio is as well, and it's lossless.
right now, I think it's my favourite bruce mcdonald film actually, even though i'm still a huge fan of 'roadkill' , 'highway 61' and 'the tracey fragments'.
my 'reviews' are essentially technical ... of the release itself, and not of the film. there are plenty of reviews of the plot etc .....
if you like this film and own a blu-ray player, THIS is the version to get for sure.
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Amazing movie in a great HD presentation. Horror connoisseurs take note, Pontypool is something special.Published 3 months ago by Vincent C Diakuw
So awful that I loved it....just not on par with Plan Nine From Outer Space.
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Why are zombies so popular right now? I think it's because the mindless, shambling, never-ending gobbling of zombies is a perfect metaphor for the times we are living in, these... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2014 by Jane Skinner
Caught this flick on Movie central while I was home sick. I haven't read the books but I'll be picking them up.
Good acting, cool premise, fun "zombie" like flick.
Pontypool dwells mainly on the method of infection and figuring how to not get infected. There's even a cure found at at the last minute. Read morePublished on March 22 2010 by mccormicky
The title says it all. A very fine "original" take on the original novel premise. Definitely the TALK RADIO of HORROR!....Published on Aug. 17 2009 by garbarek enough