Pontypool

Directed By: Bruce McDonald


A zombie movie where we don’t really get to see the zombies, they’re all outside the radio station trying to get in.

Clever, but almost too clever by half, McDonald does wonders in stretching his meagre budget and single location shoot into creating a moody, wacky tale of paranoia in small town Ontario. The intimate scope of the film works well to build tension, but after a while I felt it a little too confining. Originally envisaged as a radio play, I can’t help feeling that the medium of radio actually would have been preferable, as the visuals do little to advance the plot, and, if anything, prove distracting to the mood of the audio portion of the tale. Interesting, engaging, but in the end a missed opportunity.

Grade: B


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