February 21st, 2012: Pontypool (2008)

What It’s About:  Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) is a struggling radio DJ who’s big mouth has landed him in at a tiny station in Pontypool, Ontario.  On the way into work one morning, he has a strange encounter on the highway, and his day gets stranger as he soon finds himself the sole source of information as the town goes crazy and people begin babbling and eating one another.  Joining him at the station are his producer, divorced mom Sidney Blair (Lisa Houle) and his engineer, Afghan war vet Laurel Ann Drummond (Georgina Reilly).  Their main source of information that’s happening outside is the station’s “Eye in the Sky” reporter (actually he’s in a car on one of the hills overlooking town) Ken Loney (Rick Roberts).  Can they unravel the mystery of what’s going on before it’s too late?

Why Watch it Today?:  Today is International Mother Language Day, a day dedicated by the UN to “promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.”  The secret of Pontypool is related to language, and it is significant that it was made and set in Canada, with Francophone residents playing a major part in the story.  In any case, Pontypool is one of that rare breed, intelligent horror with ideas at the heart of the story.  You can read our full review here.

Where to Get It: Amazon and Netflix 

Other Choices:  If you’re in the mood for something a little more goofy, you can check out last year’s Movie of the Day:  Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.

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