Pontypool is widely regarded as one of the best Canadian horror films – ever. Having just finished rewatching it last night, I figured now would be a good time to write down my feelings on it.
I love the fact that the story takes place in a small village/town that I have driven past (but never in) so many times on my way up to cottage country. I definitely have to drive through there the next chance I get.
The story takes place in the small village known as Pontypool. A morning radio show team begins receiving reports of violent mobs of people running rampant outside. It seems like there is a virus spreading by way of words in the English language. This is definitely a very original and unique premise – not your usual zombie or “infected” plot.
Stephen McHattie stars as the grizzled veteran radio show host, Grant Mazzy, and clearly steals the show and carries this flick from the get-go. Great job by him!
Honestly, this flick is a fresh take on the genre and I appreciate all the character it has going for it. But I didn’t find it to be as good as I remember it being. It does take a while for the action to get going, although the characters were fairly engaging. Maybe over the years I’ve just sort of become jaded with zombies in general, and something about watching Pontypool this time out just didn’t quite vibe with me.
Don’t get me wrong, this flick still gets high marks from me and no horror fan – especially Canadian ones – should go without seeing at least once. Maybe I should also check out the book some time.