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Pontypool (2010)

Stephen McHattie , Lisa Houle , Bruce McDonald  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak, Rick Roberts
  • Directors: Bruce McDonald
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TZS5G0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,684 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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GRADE: A. One-of-a-kind zombie film. --Entertainment Weekly

...the notion that we are all being driven mad by an incessant verbal deluge makes nasty comic sense. --The New York Times


Product Description

Shut up or die…Shock jock Grant Mazzy (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 behavior is actually a deadly virus being spread through language. Does he stay on the air in hopes of being rescued or, is he providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the world?

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pontypool December 18, 2011
"Just listen to me."

You wouldn't know it, but this little dialogue blip haunted me just long enough to know that, subsequent to viewing the trailer, McDonald's Pontypool would be an experience I would never forget. Just when cinema's zombie revival experiment begins to show signs of banality, we are given a gift from an ambitious director that, although certainly difficult to digest, is one the most compelling and original zombie in ages.

Working with truly terrifying source material, McDonald builds a fortress of tension out of, seemingly, nothing at all. Indeed, nearly the entirety of the film takes place within a radio station, and even then, within the confines of a modest sound booth. That said, it is a testament to the staggering talent of both the director and his team when I say that what is accomplished with so little is utterly unnerving. Even for minimalist cinema, this is a film that works with mere shadows, putting its faith in the audience to fill in the frightening details.

Pontypool is that rare horror film that grows more disturbing upon successive viewings. Given its plot, which I will absolutely not spoil, it is admittedly ironic that, the more you analyze and come to learn, the more creepy things become. It's a stunning achievement that I cannot applaud enough; it goes beyond mere psychological horror, nestling quietly in the voids of the uncanny and the abstract, and it will chill you to the bone.

Indeed, this film oozes a taut indy style that few mainstream features can replicate, all the way down to a genuinely sharp script that gives the impeccably chosen cast something intelligent to work with, especially Stephen McHaddy's, who's performance is the stuff of career breakouts.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different... June 1, 2011
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I'm kind of on the fence with this movie, honestly. This was definitely not your typical zombie movie, so please don't go into it expecting lots of blood and gore. Personally, I don't need a ton of special effects and non-stop action to make a movie enjoyable, but for some, this may be a deal breaker. Due to the setting being in a radio station, there was a lot of dialogue that at times I found to be a bit cheesy. Through the description provided by the callers, the viewer is able to visualize for themselves what is going on. I like that this movie makes you work your imagination in that regard. The reason behind the infection was really bizarre and I found it off-putting. The movie didn't make it believable and that kind of ruined it for me a little at the end. I'm glad I watched this movie, but it's not going to be my staple rotation.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird...yeah, weird... November 15, 2010
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Let me start by saying that I'm huge lover of zombies and as such I bought this film because the preview looked promising. I liked the movie and I'm glad I bought it, as opposed to renting it, because I'm not sure what just happened. (Also, I think I'd still be waiting for it from NetFlix) The filming quality is decent, as are all of the other elements of the film, but given the lack of a set variety it is apparent that this is a pretty low budget operation. If you want blood and guts this is not for you. This is one of the more thought provoking zombie films I've seen. (Whether it is due to confusion, true ingeniousness, or pretension, is up for debate.) I still don't really understand what causes zombies in this world. I would have given it four stars, but I know I tend to like things that many people don't care for. I recommend you see it if you like this type of movie, but you have to approach it with an open mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By McTerry
Pontypool was adapted from the novel Pontypool Changes Everything by the author Tony Burgess and directed by Bruce McDonald. While the argument can be made that it is a twist on the Zombie genre, McDonald spoke out against classifying this film as a zombie movie at Rue Morgue's Festival of Fear expo in 2008. I won't get into exactly what he said, as there are some spoilers within the statement that I think would do a viewer a disservice to know before seeing the film.

This film is not for the blockbuster amused, or the hardcore gore fans (although it has it's moments). This film is perfect for those with a great imagination and who still find that they can scare themselves at night when they are all alone. The look of the film is very dark, but lit perfectly so that you never strain to see what is happening. The dialogue is what sets this movie apart from the rest. Burgess gives you such great dialogue that it will not only keep your attention, but it will also challenge you to think.

Stephen McHattie ("Watchmen", "A History of Violence") plays Grant Mazzy, the brooding radio announcer who spins a finely silken web of words to appease his new station manager Sydney, played by Lisa Houle ("Emily of New Moon"). Together with Georgina Reilly ("Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal") as the technical assistant Laurell-Ann, they work towards updating their listeners on local news of the morning when all hell starts to trickle loose.

Although most of the film takes place within the radio station, there are still plenty of shots outside of the station that remind you of just how alone we all are at 6:00am, when the sun has yet to make itself known, and the night still holds all of us captive.

You should definitely give this film a chance and join the cast on a blind journey into the unknown, where fear truly terrifies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This One Will Grab You (No Pun Intended)
When PONTYPOOL begins, you might think it's a noir-style thriller or mystery. It hooks you in much the same way as one of those. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I got this movie as a gift for my girlfriend and she really likes it.

While I can't attest to the quality of the film itself, the product arrived quickly and in great... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Grutza
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
A well done movie, and the acting is phenomenal! I've watched it more than once, and it's good each time.
Published 1 month ago by Carey
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent though a different kind of horror flick
Outstanding low budget horror effort. Plays like a stage play. McHattie gives an excellent performance as a boozing over the hill radio shock jock who gets a few shocks himself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly unique and complex film.....
It's got some of everything:psychological and visceral horror, comedy, philosophy, social commentary, and more. If you like your horror with some brains then this is for you.
Published 2 months ago by Scott Jeffreys
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit pretentious
I found this film to be a bit pretentious and stiff. Great performances from the cast though. Perhaps it was just that the story the director was trying to tell simply wasn't very... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sammy Herring
1.0 out of 5 stars hated it
with zombie movies you win some you loose some this is a definate loss a really bad movie hated it
Published 2 months ago by L. freeman
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
a deeper type movie not for sub level will not appeal to most..i liked it!
no gore it's more a mental deal.
Published 2 months ago by RV
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat Little Movie That Puts A Refreshing New Twist On Zombies
The movie tells the story of the eponymous town of Pontypool and a bizarre virus that is spreading through the community, causing widespread chaos and rioting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brett Talley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, different than usual zombie films
Great film and very different from the usual zombie fair. Well done, well acted, and intelligent. Even if you don't like zombie movies, this is such a well done, thought provoking... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amber Warner
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