Day 1 - Pontypool

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 Jason Weitzel 0 Comments

Pontypool. Pontypool. Pontypool. Pontypool? The first movie of our #undeadOctober was Pontypool, a
Canadian psychological thriller. It was the first time I have seen this one and I was happy to see it take zombies in a whole new direction. The direction that they take it is in how the infection is spread. It isn't by blood, saliva, virus, or even a fungus. It is in fact, spread by word of mouth.

Before I start breaking down the zombies in the movie, I would like to go over what I thought of it. It had a nice, slow, suspenseful start, which I really enjoyed. It really kept me on the edge of my seat because I was just waiting for the zombies to show up. It kept building the suspense as more and more information is filtered into the radio room (where the story takes place). When the zombies finally showed up, they did not disappoint. Overall, I would say this is a definite watch for those of you who like zombie movies and movies that make you think. If you just like zombies for the blood and guts, then you can skip this one.


Now it is time to talk about the zombies. The zombies from the movie were caused by a contagious thought which is a really interesting idea. The people in the movie felt like it was caused by an english word that had been infected with the, well, whatever it was. It then caused them to turn into a basic zombie with a few exceptions. The zombies were not "undead" and it didn't take a blow to the head to kill them. They were basically just people driven mad who showed many symptoms of a classic zombie, from creating a horde, eating human flesh, losing the ability to communicate, and a general need to kill people.

Overall, I am very impressed by the zombies from Pontypool because I think they were well thought out and appeared believable (given how crazy the contagion sounded).

Zombie Summary:

  • Creation: Hearing infected word
  • Infection type: unknown (not: virus, fungus, or magic)
  • Speed of Zombie: Normal human speed (up to a full run)
  • Destruction: Slightly harder to kill than the normal human based on the fact that they can't feel pain.
  • Causes end of the world: Yes

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