PEOPLE: Director is mostly a TV director, writer hasn’t really written much except a civil war zombie movie that he wrote after this.
Starring Stephen McHattie (Shoot ‘Em Up, The Fountain, Watchmen, countless TV series incl 4 eps of Seinfeld) as the radio personality, Lisa Houle (relatively unknown, but also a onetime Seinfeld guest) as the producer, and Georgina Reilly (UK tv actor) as their younger assistant. She reminds me ever-so-slightly of Anna Faris.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can really hurt me.
QUIRKS: Based on a book. “Zombies”, but not your typical zombies. Infection is spread through language. This is one of the most unique horror ideas ever. A completely new form of life that hosts itself in a language.
VISUALS: Not many. Not much action. Not many zombies. Not much blood, violence, or gore. This is more cerebral. Some may be disappointed by just how few visuals there are. I only remember seeing 1 person killed the entire time.
MORALS: I don’t think there was a real moral here. It was just some entertaining stuff that happened.
POLITICS: As usual, don’t trust the government to be on your side during a REAL emergency.
GOOD STUFF: Incredibly unique concept. A few REALLY creepy moments when you’re trying to figure out what the hell is going on. There are some moments that would probably be NIGHTMAREISH to watch on LSD.
BAD STUFF: Some people automatically hate the movie because they disagree with the gimmick used. What can I say, except that god hates them for being stupid?
CONCLUSION: Very unique thriller film that disappoints some people who are expecting a traditional horror. This movie gets major props for using some very unique ideas that I’ve never heard of in any other movie I’ve ever watched.
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.7/10, Netflix: 3.4/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.9/5 stars–correct!).
RECOMMENDATION: NOT a typical zombie movie at all! Don’t expect much actual zombie action — this is more of a cerebral, idea-driven thriller than a typical zombie jump-scare movie.
SIMILAR MOVIES: Dead Air. Very similar, except their zombies were “normal”, having been caused by a terrorist attack. And in Dead Air, mainstream media had fallen dead silent and they were the only ones remaining. And Dead Air had more “talk radio” talk. Dead Air was very political, Pontypool was not. But in terms of what you SEE during the average scene – both movies are mostly people sitting in a soundbooth, talking.
TWO planned sequels – but did they happen yet? They were both conceived before this movie was! Pontypool 2 (“Pontypool Changes”) is scheduled for 2012. I assume the 3rd movie would be called Pontypool Changes Everything.
MOVIE QUOTE: “Sydney Briar is alive.”
FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Several people I know saw this, and everyone seemed to like it. These recommendations were why I watched it. I want to say Radha told me about it.Mood: weird
Music: Twin Peaks – The Voice Of Love