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A little cheese and a little whine

Film Log: Pontypool

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This quite enjoyable low-budget horror saves its pennies by telling the story through the eyes of the team in a radio station in the town where the action happens so that most of the horror occurs off-screen, thus avoiding the need for cringe-worthy special effects. The result is a very credible piece of cinema but one which lacks the suspense and, well, horror that you might hope for. The central conceit is that language has become infected so that people go mad after hearing an infected word or phrase, which they repeat over and over. This looks like a critique of the talking heads problem in American politics, but the film veers into a sort of general anarchist stance in its final moments, so it isn’t clear what the message (if there is one) is meant to be.

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The Golden Bough
The Value of Nothing
The Fire
A Wolf at the Table
Devil Bones

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