Pontypool – Movie Review
Shock jock Grant Mazzy has, once again, been kicked off the Big City airwaves and now the only job he can get is the early morning show at CLSY Radio in Pontypool Ontario, which broadcasts from the basement of the small town’s only church. What begins as another boring day of school bus cancellations, due to yet another massive snow storm, quickly turns deadly when reports start piling in of people developing strange speech patterns and evoking horrendous acts of violence start piling in. But there’s nothing coming in on the news wires. Is this really happening? Before long, Grant and the small staff at CLSY find themselves trapped in the radio station as they discover that this insane behaviour taking over the town is actually a deadly virus being spread through the English language itself. Do they stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued or, are they in fact providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the world?
“Ponty Pool” is either one of the stupider movies you have ever seen about flesh-eating, crazed demons, or a very funny, satire of talk radio, depending on your perspective. Given what I do for a living, I decided to think it was a very funny satire of talk radio. The idea is that an itinerate talk show host is doing a morning drive. He has serious attitude problems, and all of a sudden realizes that he’s being attacked by his producers, because the virus is in the words coming from his radio. The idea that words may actually effect people’s behavior and turn them into crazed zombies that are out for blood. Hmm, does that sound familiar to you? Me too. If you look at it as a satire, it’s a very funny movie. If you look at it as a horror movie, you’ve seen it all before. So, “Ponty Pool” you can do at your discretion. I thought it was kind of funny and I gave it three stars.