Excerpt: Directed by Bruce McDonald (best known stateside for Hardcore Logo) and written by Tony Burgess, Pontypool is an unlikely candidate for one of the best horror films on the last few years. It’s not particularly epic in scope, it takes place almost entirely inside a radio station, it features a very small cast and it doesn’t offer up much in the way of carnage or gore.
Conclusion: Pontypool is a bold and remarkably original independent film, one that truly defies genre conventions. The Blu-ray disc herein reviewed, courtesy of British distributors Kaleidoscope Entertainment, looks and sounds great. It also contains some terrific supplemental features. I particularly enjoyed the two short films, Eve and Dada Dum . RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: There are a lot of options for making a psychological horror film on a budget. You can go the early Sam Raimi route, embrace the cheese and use the bad special effects as best you can. Or you can choose to let the audience scare themselves, setting up the context of the horrifying event and let imaginations play out from there.
Excerpt: Whenever talk-radio and cable-news hosts are accused of rousing the rabble with incendiary, sloppily sourced rants, the hosts usually retreat to the same pat defenses: “I’m just an entertainer,” or “I’m just trying to get people talking.” In the avant-horror film Pontypool , Stephen McHattie plays a radio jock squarely in the pot-stirrer mold.