Pontypool (2008) – Film


#14 of the 31 days of horror challenge.  (These reviews will be more raw due to the nature of the challenge.)

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Grant Mazzy is a radio DJ new to middle of no-where town, Pontypool, Ontario, Canada.  One snowy night, he, along with his co-workers, Sydney and Laural-Ann, find themselves trapped in their church basement radio station as a strange virus begins turning the inhabitants of Pontypool into what appear to be zombies. 

This is a thrilling, thought provoking story, in the vein of  Orson Wells “War of the Worlds.”  What is real when you can’t see what is happening?  When words have unforeseen effects.

The cast does a great job.  This is one of those movies that rely almost completely on dialogue and  the strength of a handful of actors to make the story believable, and boy does it succeed.  Of course, Stephen McHattie is brilliant, it helps that he has a wonderful “radio voice.”  Lisa Houle gives an emotional performance as the over tasked radio producer, Sydney Briar.    Georgina Reilly holds her own as Laurel Ann Drummond.

I gave this 4 1/2 glasses of brandy.

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