And so we arrive at the end. 31 scary movies in 31 days. Our final film was Pontypool. Released in 2008 and starring Stephen McHattie (Quinlan from The Strain, and Hollis in Watchmen) as a talk radio guy in Ontario, Pontypool is about a small town radio show and the entire film takes place inside the radio station. The morning of February 14 begins slowly, but news reports start to filter in from listeners that there is a riot. Then the rioters are killing people. Then eating them. No one can reach the police and there is no news on the wire service. The three people in the station must rely on the eye-witness reports of the people calling into the show.
This was definitely unique. Not what I was expecting at all. I wasn’t scared at any point, but there was definitely a creeping sense of what the fuck is happening here. As a rule I don’t like zombies. I just don’t think mindless villains are interesting at all, but Pontypool was pretty good. Mostly because the majority of scares take place off-screen, I think. Until they don’t. But it’s definitely not your run-of-the-mill scream, run, chainsaw, run, scream some more boring zombie shit. Without giving anything away, it brings up really interesting ideas about how we know what we know, our relationship with the press, and the nature of language. I give it a half-Afghan for pure originality.
Definitly not your usual zombie flick, but not bad either. They manage to do away with the stumblers, walkers, sprinters, and pretty much every other version of a zombie and come up with their own unique take on the whole thing while bringing a fresh take on how to tell a movie. No real gross out except for one scene, and even that was tame to me. No real suspense either. Just a movie that left me saying, damn. Grab some popcorn and watch this one if you like to watch movies a little off the beaten path. I think you will enjoy it.
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