Pontypool is hands down one of my favourite Zombie films. I love this movie. It’s more cerebral than what makes up the current commercial blockbusters, but if you haven’t seen it, it should top your list. I live fairly close to the real town of Pontypool which only helped to heighten the movie and I have read the book (Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess) so if you’re in the mood to read it, you can do it as well. Watch it. You’ll thank me 🙂
Set in a radio station in Pontypool, a small village in Ontario, Canada, where one day the morning team starts taking reports of extreme, bloody incidents of violence occurring in town. As the story unfolds, the radio staff soon realizes the violence that is ripping society apart is due to a virus being spread through the English language. That in turn poses a problem for a yappy radio jock and his staff holed up in the broadcast booth housed in the basement of the town’s abandoned church as a slaughter rages beyond its walls.
My Rating: A+
Interesting Fact: Pontypool was produced as both a motion picture, and as a radio play. Both versions of Pontypool were influenced by Orson Welles’ infamous radio production of “The War of the Worlds.” The radio play was broadcast on the BBC’s Art & Culture section of their World Service website. It is approximately 58 minutes long, as opposed to the film’s running time of 95 minutes.
Honourable Mentions for the letter P: Pet Sematary, Planet Terror