Pontypool is one of those awesome Canadian films that honestly don’t get enough press (not unlike Suck).
Even though this one isn’t necessarily as readily available, you can still catch this one on Netflix. As mentioned in my last post, this is a movie that’s all tell and no show. And for the majority of the movie that’s totally true – and it’s actually pretty cool, let me explain:
The movie opens up with Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHatty), a former shock jock turned radio DJ, on his way to work through a blizzard. When he stops his car for a moment, an under-dressed woman approaches his car speaking gibberish and then quickly disappears. Little does Grant know that this day will get progressively stranger and far more dangerous.
I think it’s safe to say that Pontypool is a horror film unlike any other. To be honest, I wanted to say “zombie” film, but the issue is not-so-much about the undead as it is a virus. How exactly do virus films rank? I mean, because it’s like the new zombie, with movies such as 28 Days Later, The Crazies, and what have you. But I digress. The concept behind Pontypool is just too damn cool to ignore. The movie never leaves Grant’s perspective so you always wonder what’s going to happen next. And then the concept itself, as well as the delivery, is just so original that it’s really quite unforgettable.
Though at the time of viewing I wasn’t exactly impressed with the explanation for the virus itself, in retrospect it definitely made the situation for the protagonists far more intense and terrifying. And for that I applaud this film, for leaving so much to the imagination. A totally distinguishable work worth seeing.
Next time on What You Should Have Watched, more horror! This time, an exquisite torture flick that asks for the sublime. You may remember this one – it’s French. In the meantime, I hope to hit up the cineplex sometime soon, so for the moment I’m going to start up a new feature, Superhero Sundays. Just because.