Pontypool

Release Date: 25 January 2010 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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It's not just the snow storm that's chilling in this Canadian zombie movie from director Bruce McDonald (THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS). Stephen McHattie (WATCHMEN) stars as controversy-courting radio DJ Grant Mazzy, who can only find work in Pontypool, Ontario, where he broadcasts his show from the church basement. The monotony of relaying the small-town news of a blizzard is broken when Grant begins to report strange stories of violence to his listeners. It is soon revealed that there's a virus infecting the whole town, and Grant and his coworkers barricade themselves in the office. But the virus doesn't use the standard methods of blood or air for its transmission; instead, language is responsible for the disease, which leaves Grant wondering whether it is better to spread the news or keep quiet.

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Release Date: 25 January 2010
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Directed by: Bruce McDonald

Region 2
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 96 minutes
Production Year: 2008
Main Language: English
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An Intellectual Zombie Film? You betchya. ;)

Most of the horror and plot are conceptual, and there's only a tiny bit of blood in comparison to the majority of today's movies. It's extremely well done, building slowly, with excellent character development, and doesn't need the blood and gore to shock us.

It's set entirely inside a radio studio, and you hear about the horror as bits and pieces of news come in, from people around town who are scared to death and experiencing terrible things up close and personal. The actors are excellent, and their fear is believable, even though you can only hear their voices. It's not cheesy low budget - it's done right & it works to keep you tense and confused.

The main character is a crochety, paranoid, ex-hippie, who likes to get people fired-up with his controversial radio programme. He knows what it's like to have his mind altered and he's been messed with before, but he's a thinker, who likes new ideas and who likes to pull things apart and examine them for the truth. He's also very funny. Angry and righteous, but funny.

All of these things combine to keep you in suspense, wondering what is really going on. The movie-makers don't take you outside to show you. So all you know is what the characters inside the studio know. Is what people say is happening, really happening? Are that many people affected? Is the cantankerous DJ hallucinating it all, or are his new friends just messing with him?

It's very creative, and original - and the way that the aberration is explained, is slow enough to follow without being condescending or boring. There's a mystery here, something new and strange is going on, and you get excited to learn all about it. Stephen McHattie does an excellent job selling the whole thing, contorting his face just right as his character tries to wrap his mind around what is happening.

And there are fun, humorous moments throughout, which makes it worth watching more than once to enjoy the details you missed the first time.



Catalogue No: KAL8042