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Old 03-26-2010, 08:27 PM
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^It does not come up with a bd version for me. Maybe my search is wrong? I will have to look into this again. Good heads up!

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I just finished watching this(DVD version), and absolutely loved it. There's nothing spectacular going on film-making wise, in fact early on I was getting annoyed at the cheesy 'horror-film' tension music and effects, but by the time the ideas of this movie began to unravel, I was totally hooked particularly towards the end. Perhaps because I teach creative writing that I so loved the whole concept of an infection within language itself, and the whole idea of language and meaning breaking down, coupled with the dual-sided Talk Radio as virus of nonsense and radio as the last bastion of salvation under assault by the military (the 'shut up or die' tagline). Anyway, I totally loved the ideas in this movie, it simply demands a repeat viewing. Really a wonderfully creative and special film based on a FASCINATING concept.

To the earlier poster who was asking whether the zombies were fast or slow, just so you don't get the wrong idea, this is not that kind of zombie movie at all. Yes there are a couple situations they have to deal with, but this really isn't a "survive the zombies" movie in any way. It isn't really a pertinent question because that's just not really of significance to the film, which once you see it you'll understand. It's essentially three people locked into a radio station trying to decipher what is going on out in the world from people calling into the station. Eventually their isolation is threatened/broken a little bit, but the movie never leaves the confines of the station at all. But as you will learn, the zombie threat is not from the zombies, and even if they were in an impenetrable bunker they'd still be in danger, because the threat is inherent and internal. It doesn't really spread even, so much as just exist. just exist. just exist. just exist. exist. existexistexistexist
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Also, on a related note, I just got my hands on the book: Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess who also wrote the film. It is fantastic. I'm about halfway through it so far, and it's a very different story from the movie, but it is excellent! Highly recommended read. A very unique style, not perfect perhaps, but a fantastic journey nonetheless.
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Also, on a related note, I just got my hands on the book: Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess who also wrote the film. It is fantastic. I'm about halfway through it so far, and it's a very different story from the movie, but it is excellent! Highly recommended read. A very unique style, not perfect perhaps, but a fantastic journey nonetheless.

Whoa, I gotta order the book.

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I liked the DJ guy - especially at the beginning when he was kind of a mess. Seemed like the more things went to hell the more lucid he became. Intersting story and well done. A little frustrating for me watching it as I was sick of them being in the radio station. I know that was the whole point of the movie but I wanted to get out and see what was going on rather than just hearing about it. Some of the phone in accounts where pretty cool though, like the kid in the barn.

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I liked the DJ guy - especially at the beginning when he was kind of a mess. Seemed like the more things went to hell the more lucid he became. Intersting story and well done. A little frustrating for me watching it as I was sick of them being in the radio station. I know that was the whole point of the movie but I wanted to get out and see what was going on rather than just hearing about it. Some of the phone in accounts where pretty cool though, like the kid in the barn.

I think part of that was probably just budget. But while I also had the strong desire to see what was really going on, I thought part of the film that was interesting too was not really knowing what was actually happening. Because language was breaking down, it was never really clear who was infected and who was not, whether what they were hearing was true or just gibberish. By not showing us explicitly, we were left just as befuddled and relying entirely on word-of-mouth to figure out what was going on outside the narrow confines of the studio. And of course that leaves us in an unsure situation because we can't trust what is being said.

And by the same token, we are left not really knowing whether they were causing the disease to spread (or maybe creating it), or helping to reverse it. Many things are left unclear. Remember that even very early on in the movie, Massey the radio guy says some nonsensical things.

So that near-total isolation leaves everyone at the station entirely dependent on reports coming in via language, nothing at all visually or allowing us to see for ourselves, which makes learning what is going on actually more dangerous than not knowing because it hinges on the disease itself. The more they hear from the outside what is going on, the more they are exposed to the language that threatens to kill them. They're stuck in a catch-22. I thought that was interesting.
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how on earthi did this get overlooked? bump for Pontypool pontypool pontypool.....

just saw this tonight and would wholeheartedly recommend. with so many movies with big budgets and no story to speak of this gem, that bucks the trend with a good story and virtually no budget, is one not to miss.

c'mon avs'ers if you like horror this and don't mind a twist on the same ol' same ol' . this is your ticket to a good time
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Well, if Netflix would ever get it in (still in my "Saved" section) I'd watch it.

One of the few movies Netflix apparently doesn't have that I am interested in watching.
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Blockbuster had an exclusive on it. Is it still that way?

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Blockbuster had an exclusive on it. Is it still that way?

Apparently. Didn't know it was a BB exclusive.

I can wait. I refuse to give BB any more of my money.
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Now on Showtime:

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Now on Showtime:

http://www.sho.com/site/schedules/pr...d=0&seasonid=0

Watched it on Showtime last night and enjoyed it. Have to watch it again to pick up on some more of the little things.

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I watched this on Netflix Streaming tonight and really enjoyed it. The first 2\\3 of the film were extremely impressive. Here I am watching 3 people interact in a closed room and I'm literally on the edge of my seat... superb story-telling.

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I thought the movie lost its gusto near the end though. When the doctor appeared out of nowhere (how'd he know there was a crawl space to get into the radio station?) and then came up with the silly "words carry the virus" explanation for everything that was happening... ehh, it just all fell into place way to conveniently and unbelievably. I mean I definitely applaud the unique plot and the bold attempt to not only do something new, but also something interesting and formidable. But if you think about it, it really is silly lol. Also, some of the DJs pseudo-political rants just didn't seem to connect or weren't worded in a normal, coherent fashion. I don't know.


Other than those two gripes, I felt the film was fantastic and well worth the watch.
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I agree the first 2/3 are the strongest.
Still, a fun little flick.

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I'm looking forward to this, since I noticed it's available to stream from Netflix now (after being stuck in my "saved" section in my disc queue for the better part of a year). Didn't think I was ever going to get to see it.
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Skipped The Avengers today and watched this. It left me disappointed. Disappointed that I didn't wait until a cold, dark night in October to watch it! Wasted it on a sunny May afternoon. Eww!

It had atmosphere, tension and was very original. I even liked seeing how the radio show was produced and the interaction between the three involved. Glad you guys turned me onto it.


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Glad you liked it! Yes, def a better movie shut in on a cold nasty night. Be assured it gets better with repeat viewings as you pick up on subtleties missed the first time round. This would be a good one to queue up for another go in October

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Sequel premiering at Fantasia fest later this summer.

http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news...ias-frontieres


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Sequel premiering at Fantasia fest later this summer.

http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news...ias-frontieres

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There were 4 copies on the new release shelf in blockbuster so I grabbed one yesterday. I plan on watching it tonight or tomorrow and from your description it sounds like something I will really enjoy, thanks for the review!
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