Summary: I thoroughly enjoyed this and was completely taken by surprise. My DVD box has a quote across the top, 'The Best Zombie Film Of The Year' and this is probably both correct and most misleading. As others have mentioned it is best to go into this not expecting rampaging and bloodthirsty zombies, but to allow the very unusual and original film work it's magic. Stephen McHattie is outstanding in the central role and most convincing as he (and we!
Summary: I saw this movie not too long after it was released. As a fan of the zombie/apocalypse/scary disease genre, I was looking forward to this movie but had pretty low expectations. Afterall, for every great movie we often have to sit through a dozen bad films. Pontypool did not disappoint and greatly exceeded my expectations. To begin, if you watch horror films solely for the blood and guts, then this isn't a movie for you.
Brian BarrSinister (Sovereign_x2000@yahoo.com), IMDb
22 February 2011
Summary: Pontypool was an amazing film for a number of reasons.The story pays a respectful homage to horror greats like Night of the Living Dead and 28 Days later without ever becoming cliché. The approach to the mass "infection" was something that I never saw coming. The acting was excellent and I got the genuine impression I was listening to talk/news radio.
Summary: Pontypool is one of the few horror movie that used a little creativity and proves you don't need a high budget to a make horror film. The story circles around a local radio station and its crew of three people. As the day moves on they slowly start to here reports of violence happening all over the region. This includes riots, people killing each other and intervention from the Canadian Government.
The really scary part is how many Pontypool zombies are already among us.
12 October 2009
Summary: I really, really, hate to give anything away but many people seem to be missing the obvious... that words hold power, they are infectious and can lead to unintended consequences. Stephen McHattie steals the show as the cowboy hat wearing radio talk show host Grant Mazzy. Mazzy was recently fired from his real gig and is now the morning show in the small town of Pontypool.
Summary: The zombie horror genre is an over-saturated one; and it takes something truly original to remind you why you loved them in the first place. "Pontypool" is such a movie. If you think this is going to be a straightforward zombie flick, it's time to think again. The first half of the movie moves slowly but efficiently, as a radio host and the two women in his team begin to realise that something is most definitely wrong in their normally quiet little town.
Summary: My husband and I watched this last night. Excellent movie. Well done and I imagine the costs of filming were not that great and this should smack some other movie makers as the thing to do. Scary. Suspenseful. Thought provoking. We really enjoyed it and it was not predictable. Be sure to watch past the credits. As usual, another independent film outweighs the crap put out in the mainstream.
Gruesome, chillingly memorable and darkly funny semiotic zombie film
21 March 2009
Summary: As with many film genres, the psychological horror film becomes increasingly in danger of being driven into the proverbial ground under a staggering mountain of cliché and repetition, with frustratingly few alternatives to the same old spin on the same old story. However, with Pontypool, Canadian independent director Bruce McDonald manages to not only breathe fresh life into an increasingly withering genre, but concoct a sliver of something altogether unexpected and new...
Refreshing Respite from Overdone Horror/Thriller Movies
8 March 2009
Summary: I remember purchasing this book back in 2008 because it was a Canadian zombie story that takes place in a little nowhere Ontario town called Pontypool. The back of the book had me laughing and intrigued by the description. A virus. Flesh eating zombies. A body count in the millions has decimated Ontario's population. What if you woke up and began your morning by devoting the rest of your life to a murderous rampage, a never-ending cannibalistic spree?
Summary: I saw this film at the Toronto film festival, and I must say it was superb. It's a zombie flick that isn't a zombie flick--it really breaks out of the genre. At times honestly hilarious and truly suspenseful at others, it was one of my top three films I saw at the festival. The IMDb synopsis doesn't do it justice. The main character loves to throw out references to linguistics and literary critics, and the "transmission" of the virus fits perfectly.