Pontypool, 2008

This is a Canadian horror movie that is under the direction of Bruce McDonald and with the writer Tony Burgess, from the novel Pontypool.

Cast Lists

Stephen McHattie acted as Grant Mazzy

Georgina Reilly acted as Laurel-Ann Drummond

Boyd Banks acted as Jay (Osama)

Tony Burgess acted as Tony (Lawrence)

Hrant Alianak acted as Dr. Mendez

Rick Roberts acted as Ken Loney

Rachel Burns acted as Colin (Daud)

Lisa Houle acted as Sydney Briar (Lisa)


In Ontario, at the little town of Pontypool, Grant Mazzy, a radio announcer was accosted by the nonsensical lady that repeated the word “blood” some more times just before staggering away. In a radio station, the on-air persona and the shock jock style of Grant entertained Laurel-Ann, the technical assistant, while irritating Sydney, his station manager. Ken Loney, the helicopter reporter called in with the report about the riot at Dr. Jon Mendez’s office that has outcome in many deaths. After the unexpected cut off of Ken, the group tried to confirm the report, but the witnesses were disconnected just before being put over the airwaves.

Right after they were contacted by the BBC for the breaking of the story, Ken called back and said that he had taken refuge in the grain silo. He described the rioters as attempting to consume themselves or one another. When a rioter attacked the silo, the call of Ken was interrupted by the audio program in French. Laurel-Ann translated the transmission that is an instruction for staying indoors and not to utilize rhetorical discourse, terms of endearment, or English language and also not to translate a message. The Pontypool was declared to become under quarantine. Ken called back again and takes his mobile close enough to the attacker so that the murmur of “Help me” of a baby-like hum are audible.

The horde of individual attack a radio station, and Laurel-Ann, Grant, and Sydney lock themselves in. In the mean time, Laurel-Ann starts repeating the remark “missing” and imitated the hum of the tea kettle. The doctor, Mr. Mendez arrived at the station of the radio all through the window and then hides with Sydney and Grant in a soundproof booth. Ken called in and, when on the air, succumbed to the virus. Then Laurel-Ann starts to slam her own head against a sound booth’s window, then, chews off her own lower lip.

Writer’s Opinion

Pontypool was a really amazing movie for some reasons. The story paid a respectful service to the horror greats without the need to become cliché. The approaches to the mass “infections” were something you will not see coming. The cast acting was all excellent and you will get the real impressions. The authenticity of their radio broadcast and the culminating events had been just enough to really draw you into the anxiety of the characters feeling, which says many things, considering the two-dimensional feeling of those majority of films.

The movie is highly recommended to any actual sci-fi/horror fanatic that is really fed up with what is the standard fair is giving. This movie is a really refreshing modification of pace among those many plethoras of outbreaks and zombie movies out there. It’s not that long that the horror movie fired the viewers’ imagination of this match, and there lies an appeal: it really works like the radio show, where a listener makes visuals for them and their performers had to really sell a material. The script is interesting and intelligent giving that gives a diverse take on how people will take infections and become violent. It’s ultimately loses a bit of effectiveness in the third act, when this begins being more conventional. The use of gore has been discreet, and its atmosphere is undeniable. And with the numbers of the main players of the story stayed to the bare minimum, the high degree of its intimacy has been achieved.

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