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Pontypool (2010)

Stephen McHattie , Lisa Houle , Bruce McDonald  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak, Rick Roberts
  • Directors: Bruce McDonald
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TZS5G0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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?


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


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19 of 21 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 20 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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pontypool...... July 25, 2012
What I believed would be a real borefest of a movie ended up being a haunting spooky movie that I've recommended to just about everyone I know. Pontypool tells the story of Shock jock Grant Mazzy who, fired from being a bigtown Radio Announcer, is now working in the small town of Pontypool. During what he believes to be another standard radioshow, it quickly turns into something more when they get a report from their weather and traffic helicopter reporter Ken about a possible riot at the office of a Doctor Mendez in Pontypool. It's at that point things begin to get more exciting.

Taking inspiration from Orson Welles' infamous radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, Pontypool makes use of your imagination and that's what makes the movie as great as it is.

If you'll notice, this is being labeled as a zombie movie but director Bruce McDonald stressed, at Rue Morgue's 2008 Festival of Fear expo, the victims of the virus detailed in the film were not zombies...which leaves you with the mystery of what they truly are.

At any rate, I LOVE this movie. It's not your typical psychological thriller. Definitely worth a looksee.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Zombie Invasion of Your Mind!
The most original Zombie movie I ever saw. Very little gore, very few visible zombies because you only see the inside of a radio station and hear incoming reports... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jason S Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Shut up and watch it.
Pontypool may be one of the best independent movies I have ever seen. I would call it the "Clerks" of zombie movies, but Kevin Smith was never able to maintain his... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Michael R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is the best zombie movie anyone could own.
Published 3 months ago by N. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars An ingenious, clever, disturbing little film.
Grant Mazzy is a talk show DJ who's just been fired. Coming into his last shift, he and his two producers get some disturbing news about a riot taking place in their small Ontario... Read more
Published 4 months ago by DanD
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great!
This movie was interesting, but wasn't the greatest.

This movie is about a burnt out radion shock jock in small town/somewhere Alaska. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zombie Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars A MOVIE FOR Thinkers
This is a one of a kind movie which is totally original.It also leaves an after taste in my mind IE, like, Body Snatchers,Miracle Mile etc and only a few others have done. Read more
Published 4 months ago by moondogie66
5.0 out of 5 stars See No Evil...
This is one of the most intelligent horror films I've ever seen. It began with an unexplained phenomenon, gradually building fright and suspense, well-intensified by the reactions... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sasha
4.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific, Unique Mix of a Zombie Horror and Thriller Mystery
Pontypool is a difficult film to classify, in my opinion. Most who view it will feel comfortable saying it is simply a "zombie horror," which makes sense, but I personally... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert K.
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 6 months ago by Emily
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