So begins one of the most imaginative horror thrillers I’ve seen in quite some time: “Pontypool”, released on DVD earlier this year. Based on the Tony Burgess novel Pontypool Changes Everything, this is a movie better seen than discussed, so I won’t indulge my urge to write a detailed review–too much would be given away.
Suffice to say, something very odd is happening in Pontypool, Ontario during one frigid, snowy morning in the dead of winter. Three people broadcasting the morning news from a little radio station in the basement of a church are in the middle of whatever is happening, though they have no idea if it’s really happening. Grant Mazzy, a depressed and volatile newscaster (played to near perfection by the talented and underated actor, Stephen McHattie) serves as narrator of the developing story in which he is also a main character. He, the airwaves, and the words he speaks.
If you want to fully enjoy the movie, don’t read in-depth reviews or the Wikipedia entry before watching it. Just watch it, digest it, and then follow-up with the reviews. This is the sort of movie you’ll be thinking about for a few days afterwards. The teasing (but unrevealing) trailer is below.