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Pontypool (2010)

Stephen McHattie , Lisa Houle , Bruce McDonald  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 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 (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TZS5G0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,058 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique take on the zombie film September 16, 2012
** This review contains spoilers. **

Grant Mazzy is a shock jock who used to be big on the radio, but now is condemned to the purgatory of a small town local morning show. He wants to challenge people and incite a reaction like he used to, but his supervisor, Sydney Briar, is only concerned with the basics. Weird reports start coming in from various eye witnesses about riots outside of a doctor's office. Over time, the details come together and the picture starts to become clear: people have started to suddenly go insane and attack others. People are being eaten and killed out there. Their town has descended in to chaos and all they can do is try to report what they know, which isn't much. How long will they be safe holed up at the studio? What is really causing this frightening behavior in people?

I read the book this movie was based on and it was very strange and nonlinear. I didn't really know what to expect from the film version, but I braced myself for weirdness. The film is linear in its storytelling, but still has the ambiguity and odd feeling of the novel. The film is separated pretty clearly into 2 parts. The first part is simply establishing the characters and then throwing them into a crazy situation that they struggle to figure out. There are only three main characters: shock jock Grant Mazzy who is desperate to keep some of his edginess in a run of the mill job, Syndney Briar who is Grant's supervisor and sympathizes with him but also wants to keep the necessities in her show without alienating her audience, and Laurel-Ann Drummond who is the idealistic technical assistant and slightly enamored with Grant.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is the best zombie movie anyone could own.
Published 21 days 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 1 month ago by DanD
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, Not great!
This movie was interesting, but wasn't the greatest.
It kept you going and wondering what was going on. Read more
Published 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 5 months ago by Robert Baker
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