Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sydney Briar Is Alive!

I finally got around to seeing Pontypool and it was absolutely amazing. Somehow it felt equal parts George A. Romero zombie flim and Alfred Hitchcock suspense/mystery. I am partial to clever takes on the zombie genre and this is possibly the most inventive I have seen. It also takes huge cues from Orson Welles War of the Worlds broadcast in that most of the movie is presented to you through outside reports and news stories, without ever seeing much of the action yourself, which creates a sense of confusion and anxiety.

The outbreak here is less of a virus, and more off an idea, as confirmed by the films director refraining from the word "zombie" and instead calling the infected "Conversationalists", which I think is pretty fitting. Minor spoilers in the italics ahead, but I just wanted to share these words from director about what exactly the Conversationalist's are because this is a big part of why, for a zombie movie, the zombies are so interesting:

"There are three stages to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it's words that are terms of endearment like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can't express yourself properly. The third stage you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person."

How frustrating!

I am going to post the trailer again with the hopes that some of you out there will actually go out and try to find this, because it's really great.


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dr. sheltie said...

I told one of my Facebook friends from Ontario that I thought of this movie as George Romero meets the Québécois.