31 Horror Films #14: Pontypool 2008 Dir. Bruce McDonald

Last year I did a series of daily micro blogs going through the history of horror films by year. This was meant to give people an example of the high points of the genre. This year I'll be doing the same thing, but going off the beaten path to provide some films you may not have heard of. These films may not be up your alley, but they're all interesting.

Pontypool 2008 Dir. Bruce McDonald

Words have power, everyone knows that, but what if a violent and dangerous disease could be transmitted through speech? This is the concept behind Pontypool. Set in the small town of Pontypool, Ontario, the story follows disgraced shock jock Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) as he navigates as the ever escalating violence in the normally quiet town. All of the action takes place in the tiny radio station as Grant and his crew are beset by infected townspeople who plan on getting inside to kill all of the uninfected.

This is ia movie that wears it’s budget on its sleeve, and is all the better for it. Pontypool creates a claustrophobic atmosphere as Grant and his coworkers do their best to remain sane in an awful situation. This movie calls to mind work like Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" broadcast as well as films like Night of the Living Dead and The Birds. I can recommend Pontypool to those who prefer the horror of ideas over severe physical gore.

Watch the trailer HERE