When a virus breaks out in a small Ontario town, it falls to local radio DJ to determine the cause and find the cure. This ingenious twist on the classic zombie theme pulls no punches, delivering the requisite genre shocks and horrors whilst maintaining a wicked sense of humour throughout.
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Really surprised by this film. The setting is perfect and the concept was intriguing. I love when a horror film keeps me this involved in the plot, completely curious to see what happens next and invested in the characters.
One of the handful of zombie films I can think of that feels entirely in keeping with the social consciousness on display in George A. Romero's best work. The claustrophobic setting works in "Pontypool's" favor, anchored by a terrific performance from Stephen McHattie. I wish I had seen it when it came out, as it perfectly captures the feeling of morass the culture experienced while mired in the Iraq War.
"Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words cause permanent damage." Pontypool takes Bogosian's words of wisdom from Talk Radio and renders them literally, inscribing them like a golem-awakening spell in the media-marinated brains of its mostly unseen mobs of lovelorn zombies. Mazzy's mention of Barthes seems on point. Sense is the linchpin on which the discourse of lovers and killers spins. Stop making it.