10/9/13 – 2013 OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #9 – Pontypool

Pontypool

 

I saw this movie right after I finished my 2012 horror list last year.  Even though I had to wait a year, I knew immediately it was going on my 2013 list.  This is the kind of movie that continues to give me faith in the modern day horror community.  Just when you think that so many recent horror films are simply copycats of each other, most just retreading the same material over and over, along comes a film like Pontypool that completely spins a saturated genre on its head.  Like many of the movies I put on this list, Pontypool is a very divisive film.  People either love it, or hate it, with very little in between.  That’s always a good thing to me because it means the filmmakers tried to do something original.  And boy, Pontypool is definitely original, and very “outside the box”. Technically it would be labeled as a zombie film, but let me tell you, this is not like any zombie film you’ve ever seen before, and likely will ever see again.  With the exception of a short opening scene, the entire film takes place at a single location – a radio station.  While broadcasting, reports start coming in about a type of brainwashing epidemic that is taking over people’s minds and causing them to kill.  The reports start eerie and then slowly grow more and haunting, until all that’s left is complete and utter terror.  But what’s so original about Pontypool, is that you see almost NOTHING.  You only hear the reports, letting your imagination fill in the blanks.  Even though there are actors on screen, it plays out like an olde tyme radio play.  And for me, it’s the ultimate “what you don’t see is more terrifying” situation.  This is why some people hate this movie.  They want to actually see all the gore and the action, instead of it being implied.  But this isn’t that kind of film.  Although, if you let yourself go into the premise, you will find yourself absorbed.  Not only is the acting impeccable, a must in order to sell this movie (Stephen McHattie is absolutely incredible), but it also may have the single most fascinating, and completely original, way of “spreading” a disease as I’ve ever seen in a zombie film.  It’s mind-boggling.  Slow paced, insanely cerebral, and absolutely mesmerizing, Pontypool is for anyone looking for something unique, as well as a truly haunting experience.

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