Pontypool (2008)

 


 

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A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.

Genre: Horror,Thriller

Pontypool (2008)
   
Release Date: 18 September 2009 (Turkey)
Country: Canada
Director: Bruce McDonald
Cast:
  • Stephen McHattie
  • Lisa Houle
  • Georgina Reilly
  • Hrant Alianak
  • Rick Roberts
  • Daniel Fathers
  • Beatriz Yuste
  • Tony Burgess
  • Boyd Banks
  • Hannah Fleming
  • Rachel Burns
  • Laura Nordin
  • Louis Negin
  • Diane Gordon
  • Daniel Park


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33 Responses to Pontypool (2008)

  1. nasrogers
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    I’ve seen just about every zombie movie on the wikipedia list of zombie films. That’s just about every zombie film ever given a DVD release. When I talk to others about zombie films, there seems to be two main crowds of zombie fans: Those that enjoy them for the gore or comedy, and those who enjoy them for insightful or satirical plots. I call the latter the Dawn of the Dead crowd and the former the Return of the Living Dead crowd.

    Granted, I enjoy both kinds of movies. I watch as many "Braindead"’s as I do "Day of the Dead"’s. But it seems that certain movies will just never be appreciated by the Return of the Living Dead crowd, and this is one of them.

    Pontypool is an excellent piece of cinema. The director resisted the urge to delve into mindless zombie killing action, in fact only having one zombie get killed by our protagonists the whole film. (I’m wholly aware that these aren’t technically zombies, but whatever, I grew tired of zombie film semantics in the days of 28 Days Later.) We spend the entire film close to the radio broadcast, making this feel like a claustrophobic War of the Worlds broadcast. Every once in a while there’s a break from the broadcasting, but it’s the variety of occurrences during the broadcasts that prevent it from growing tiring. The majority of the dialogue is well-written, and McHattie’s performance made me feel genuinely afraid for his character.

    The methods that the characters use to discover the properties of the virus were the most interesting part of the film, to me. You can see the cogs turning in their heads, but they are right with you in their level of understanding of what’s going on, so I didn’t find myself yelling "It’s their words!" all the time. That might have changed had I read more about the film before seeing it, but I was blissfully ignorant and that ignorance was just the ticket to ride this film’s tension railway and feel satisfied.

  2. Fenrir-5
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    Overall horrible, with terrible, clunky dialog and idiotic characters. But special mention to Laurel Ann, the 20-year-old "Afghanistan vet" who looks like a teenage Anna Faris. Seriously, when movies have a male cop or soldier they at least try to make them look like the role – they work out for a while or something, bulk up. But we’re constantly asked to accept skinny waifs as female cops/soldiers/detectives. And then we have to endure idiotic lines like "We have an enemy, sir!" or her strangely calling everyone "sir!" when the problem starts, just to remind us of her one character trait.

    And can we PLEASE get a single zombie/infected movie that doesn’t end with a nuclear explosion? PLEASE?!

    That’s what socialized film making gets you, I guess. Although it is funny figuring out which "government filmmaking" checkbox necessitated each plot element: speaking some French, yelling at the guy for daring to joke about ‘global warming’, et cetera. Oh, Canada!

  3. laikinasemail
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    I liked Pontypool a lot, so all haters – this thread is not for you.

    It was very original movie with descent actors and nice (well…) ending.

    Can someone recommend me similar movies ? Not necesseraly about viruses or "zombies", just claustrophobic HORROR/Thrillers and original/intersting plot.

    I saw "Signal", "Happening" (not claustrophobic, but original), "Dead End" (interesting) – these were mentioned on forum, so be aware. Also I saw "The Thing".

    Thanks in advance.

  4. chainsaw-rain
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    WHATS GOING ON HERE FOLKS? I AM THOROUGHLY CONFUSED.

    I live in Montreal, and I work at a video store. Recently ive been hearing about some really awesome flicks that didn’t get a theatrical release here in montreal. And therefore these films would come out straight to dvd. The only thing is that these films are REALLY REALLY REALLY AWESOME!!

    last five straight to dvd flicks ive seen are, from most recent to oldest, Black Dynamite (10/10), Bronson (9/10), Universal Soldier: Regeneration (6/10), Pontypool (8/10), and Dead Snow (9/10).

    four out of the last five straight to video films will soon be bought and added to my collection.

    honestly if indie film studios can keep pumping out these gems that fly under the radar and can still stand up on their own in the shadows cast by other dumber big budget crapfests, ill be a happy camper

  5. fartskiface
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    sucks, because the first half was a great set-up.

  6. ImperfectDark
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    did the soundtrack to this movie get released?

  7. jake_anthony_watt-1
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    I loved the movie, really well-executed, and just finished the book. I’m pretty sure I hated it.

  8. jake_anthony_watt-1
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    Anyone know what this is going to be about, specifically?

    Also, I was under the impression the script for the first film took Tony Burgess ages to adapt, write and re-write? Yet he can pump out a sequel in a year?

  9. imdblovers
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    anyone ?

  10. Doom
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    Finally watched this last night (thank you Comcast OnDemand for the low, low price of only $6.99!)

    Um, WTF?!? What a strange film. Not sure if I actually ‘liked’ it or not, but I’m definitely going to give it another chance. But… uh… yeah. How very very ‘off’, this film.

    Thought Stephen McHattie (as usual) did a job but felt the film sort of flew off the rails (to put it lightly) at a little past the halfway point.

    What did everyone else think?

    ——

    Wait a minute… who am I here?

  11. longshanks_68
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    Is it just me, or did the cop who called in (early in the movie) sound a lot like Hugh Dillon? He’s not listed in the credits though.

  12. witchfindergeneral-1
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    Hi just went to see this film last night in Sheffield (UK).

    Thought it was great and had me wondering about a few things.

    1) Dr Mendez – at 1st I thought he was Spanish/South America/Mexican? Then when he starts to speak German in the sound booth???

    2) The groups of people talking about U-boats which Kenny is reporting on from the grain silo.

    3) Dr MEndez states whilst watching Laural Ann in the sound booth that he hasn’t seen anything like this before – which could suggest he has seen experiments before.

    4) When entering the radio station he knows what not to do to avoid contact with Laural Ann

    5) HE commits effective suicide, its not 100% clear if he is infected by that point, so maybe he is killing himself to avoid being found out as the source of the outbreak!

    SO I put 1 and 2 together…

    1) Dr Mendez is the son of a Nazi/SS officer from WWII who fled to South America to escape trail.

    2) Mendez’s father was some sort of crazy scientist/doctor (which is implied about Dr Mendez as he unnecessarily prescribed patients)and was eitehr taught or read up on his fathers works

    3) For somereason Dr Mendez trials this on one of his patients, and as the film shows it goes horribly wrong. – Perhaps the lady who put up the cat posters?

    I haven’t read through the other spoiler threads on this film so im not sure if anyone else has gone out with this idea – but I would be surprised if they had!!

  13. jake_anthony_watt-1
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    Maybe this is explained in the book, but:

    * Why did the outbreak start at his clinic?

    * How did he know so much about the virus?

    * Did he turn into a zombie when he started babbling? What was that all about?

  14. wr_geoff4
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    What was with that?

  15. arthurhengch
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    …Laurel-Ann started showing the symptoms of infection, getting all confused, making the weird noise when the doctor climbs in, and later tries to get into the sound booth.

    She looked so innocent, man.

    …a little fantastic, and fleeting, and out of reach.

  16. KillPopStars
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    parle un peu le francais est tres bon

    just basic stuff though, but hey, if anything like this happened, least i’m semi prepared

    http://mrfaust.jimdo.com Neu blogsite noaw linked…

  17. GG_Pan
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    I recently discovered this is based on a book called Pontypool Changes Everything ( http://books.google.com/books?id=io7wPgAACAAJ&dq=pontypool+changes +everything&source=gbs_book_other_versions_r&cad=5 ). If anyone’s read this, share your opinion. I’m curious but I don’t know if I want to make a blind buy, and it’s not carried in the local libraries.

    [[ OBEY ]]

  18. chainsaw-rain
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    i think this sentence had a lot to do with the propogation or the origins of the virus.

    Honey is either the name of the cat or a term of endearment and either way the sentence works fine.

    i reckon that based on your understanding of that sentence you may or may not get the virus.

    similar to how when i was young and i listened to hendrix, and that one part in purple haze when he says "scuse me while i kiss the sky"

    i used to think he said "scuse me while i kiss this guy"

    but thats all just a theory

  19. kappaiidx
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    I keep reeading explanation posts and it seems you guys are all way too stuck on this movie just being about a strange "infection".

    This movie is about love. It takes place on Valentine’s Day. The broadcast by the French is a lie, try to trick the stupid scared people into believing the people who do the most good are bad for them. Mazzy is stuck and uncurable because he has no one, he is an old bitter P.O.S. who’s hopelessly stuck on ruining lives, instead of helping them. It seems like he almost grasps the concept at the end, but really he just confuses himself further.

    Love = Understanding.

    I can go farther with this but I don’t think it can be explained much better. Think about it! Yes there’s definitely more to it, but I do think at the end Sydney had realized what she NEEDED, Mazzy did not.

    Maybe I’m crazy and don’t "understand" at all though lol…… just my thought on this excellent film. F U haters!!! :D

  20. goddante
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    They lost my suspense towards the end – I didn’t mind though, I was actually at one point literally scared for their safety once the zombies had made their way into the studio. I had that feeling I used to get when I would play a scary game like restident evil or silent hill on my ps1 when I was a child. I wanted to turn it off!. I also loved the part with grant massie speaking to the damaged person who sounded like a baby? I don’t know if I heard wrong but a picture was drew in my mind of a man lying there with all his limbs broken, bleeding, eyes moving, (hands cut off?) and making sound that resembled crying and moaning like a real baby? was I right or was the low sound I had to use making me hear things? (People was asleep) Thats some spooky cinema ladies and gentlemen! even with just the audio!

    awesome movie

  21. Amelita01
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    Is it very gorey like the Paris Hilton "House of wax" or is it more like the original Vincent Price "House of Wax"?

    I’m the type who prefer the Price version of horror where it’s mostly in your mind rather than just trying to gross you out.

    ———————————————————–

    http://www.nationalreview.com/kopel/kopel120501.shtml

  22. mpalus
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    I listened to the director’s and screenwriter’s commentary on the DVD, and they are talking about number 2, number 3… it sounds like sequels? Does anybody know what that is all about? Its kind of a closed conversation.

    The writer Tony Burgess answers his damned cell phone during the commentary. Geez that seems rude. Is that ordinarily the way these things are done?

  23. hgm501-1
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    In my History of Mass Media class, we are currently discussing Postmodernism. For all of you who know what that is, could this be considered to fall into that category? I mean, with the play and almost critique on language, specifically English, I thought about bringing it up in class, but decided not to to avoid sounding like an idiot. I’m just posting this thread because I’m curious.

  24. wander_lustus
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    All I could think of is Bill Burroughs . . . Language is a virus. Anyone else?

    "I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring." JG Ballard

  25. SFPsychoDane
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    Language is viral in itself as a metaphor . . .

    Gibberish is not "catchy" and does not spread because we don’t understand what it is and therefore can not be spread from person to person as a perfectly understood copy, but language is when you have an absolute meaning in what you say and wish to convey that to another. It may seem "foreign" or "gibberish" at first but if is finally understood that the "gibberish" means a specific thing or thought and that is then later conveyed to another person who "gets it". Then it is no longer just nonsense but a simple transferance of the common thing or thought through linguistics. Language is a virus . . ..

    Didn’t Laurie Anderson cover this topic on one of her tours . . ?

  26. egizzel417
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    anyone have any theories as to the origins of this word virus and could it have anything to do with valentines day?? ive heard the alien theory were they think sid and mazzy were aliens who spread the words in the earlier broadcast but im kinda stumped about how this whole thing got started… it seems that it starts with terms of endearment and familys turning on eachother mabye?

  27. hornygrimbridge
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    some parts were just so weird, but so good. just love the ORIGINALITY.

  28. Anonymous
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  29. mrfryc
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    I immediately thought that should such events occur, resort to Pig Latin.

  30. ner_98
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    crappy idea. This movie had me really into it with the suspense and ambiance until they told me the reason behind the zombies. I know it is kinda hard coming up with new zombilyptic prophecies, but come on.

  31. Anonymous
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  32. yojimboy
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    The movie relies on keeping the threat mysterious for its suspense and scares, which is good, and works. But in a movie with so many necessary "unknowns" the filmmakers added in too many further confusing elements that didn’t need to be mysterious or confusing. Examples:

    * The after-credits scene. I guess based on threads here, the director put this in as a personal in-joke/get-well card for the lead actress. Fine, but for the actual audience of the film trying to understand what happened in the movie this is kind of like an unintentional (?) slap in the face, like the director is making fun of us for trying to understand what we just saw by throwing in pure nonsense.

    * The obituaries scene. Grant reads obituaries of whole families who slaughtered each other. How did he manage to get this information when the entire town is in chaos? Who supposedly witnessed all of these deaths and how each one occurred? Or is he just making stuff up like in the earlier scene where he improvises a drunken tall tale on top of the story about the ice-hut hostage crisis? When did they collect all of this information? The story seems to take place in near real time, but somewhere along the way they got on the phone and took down the information for all of these obituaries?

    * The scene where Grant wants to leave the station. He looks outside and says that nothing appears to be going wrong outside, then seconds later they slam the door shut and there is a huge crowd instantly banging on the doors and windows that were close enough to hear and start chanting a line from the argument between Grant and Sydney when they were still inside the building, before they even took a look outside. Eh?

    I liked the movie and found it intriguing, but it seems like it could have been better without some of the unnecessary vagueness.

  33. dannyray753
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    because i liked these movies

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