Review: Pontypool 2008
“Pontypool” is an absolutely fascinating (and for a change, I’m not the only one who thinks so!) cerebral horror film out of Canada, about a language-born/transmitted ‘virus’ that turns it’s victims into babbling, flesh-eating, zombies. Pay special attention to the opening sequence about “Mrs. Frenchie’s cat, Honey”, it is very important to the understanding of this extremely intelligent concept. I plan to watch this film a few more times, but as of now I have only seen it once, I read that multiple viewings really do help with comprehension, I assume there are many details that tend to get overlooked upon the initial viewing, this is definitely a film that requires attention and focus.
“Pontypool” takes place almost entirely within a small radio station, and only has a few main characters, and our protagonist is the radio DJ, Grant Mazzy (known as “Mazzy”). What begins as a typical working day for Mazzy, quickly becomes a horrifying fight for survival when he learns that many of the townsfolk are suffering from a terrible virus that has turned them into insane, ravenous cannibals! He barricades himself and his meager staff in the station and attempts to warn/comfort the town over the radio. Somewhat safe, at least for the time being, Mazzy gives their bizarre situation some real thought and, with the bits of information and evidence at hand, he realizes that the ‘virus’ is being transmitted through the speaking of the English language, something to do with the meaning of words, certain words pass on the virus depending on whether or not they are interpreted correctly. Mazzy begins attempting to spread his theory over the radio waves, hoping to help keep others from being infected, and hoping against hope that he may be able to figure out some sort of cure…
“Pontypool” is just brilliant, such an original film that delves into such an incredibly captivating notion. This film pairs an engrossing and intelligent story with a creepy, tense atmosphere and throws in a few clever jokes and a few awesome scenes of bloody violence and gore. Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for a smart horror with a little less action and a lot more talk.