by on May.28, 2010, under Daily Review

Bruce McDonald cut his teeth on UK TV with The Bill and Queer as Folk. Here he shows what a fine film maker he has become. This is real drama which builds with every claustrophobic moment into something truly horrific. Not only through the events of what is reported, but also the conflict of characters and their own minds.
Basically, this is a zombie film with a big difference. Set in a radio station in the small town of Pontypool, reports start to come into the station of violent acts and crowd violence as the town turns to chaos, the staff at the radio station need to keep themselves focused and sane while the world outside turns upside down.
This is a simple and effective twist on the usual Z flick, and it’s excectsion is flawless. Performance’s from Stephen McHattie and Lisa Houle are brilliant as they work with the script and engage with such charisma and a natural concern to the growing horror.

Now, where this film fails, and probably the reason for the lack of cinema presence, is its reasoning for the viral outbreak, rather than a bug, the virus is one of the spoken word. Infected language which corrypts and contaminates the human in turn, creating crazy killing beasts spouting random quotes. I know, this sounds ridiculous, and yes, this is an issue which causes a failure. This could have been something very, very special.


2 Comments for this entry

  • Helen

    Oh what a shame! I was so enjoying this film for about 1hour 15 mins then it all seemed to unravel & not make any sense. The acting was brilliant, the story suspensful but the final reveal a total let down. Also Geoff there were a couple of horror films advertised on this which i wanted to see if you’d watched/heard of: Colin and the other which i had high hopes for right up till i heard the title ……. Trailer Park of Terror (can such a title produce a good film?!) 🙂 Have a good weekend Helen

  • Geoff

    Hi. I felt the same about Pontypool… It had a good basis but wasted the opportunity. Not got to Colin yet, something is telling me not to watch this… A sixth sense telling me it’s gonna be disturbing and bleak. If you watch it, let me know how it was. Trailer Park of Terror I hadn’t heard about. Just checked it out on IMDB. Looks great:)

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