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42 - 'Pontypool' Will Make You Eat Your Words!

So after reviewing Word Wars last week, we totally had words on the brain. What better to follow up a documentary on Scrabble than to jump in to a FREAKING WEIRD movie about word zombies?

Canadians come up with the oddest zombie flicks, so sit back and watch what you say, the "virus" is spread through understanding...

Direct episode download (200MB)

Buy 'Pontypool' on DVD!


Special thanks to fans Dale Lloyd and @Alexlyons for recommending this flick!


Our review caught the attention of Mr. Tony Burgess (the writer of Pontypool Changes Everything and the screenplay for the Pontypool film), and here's what he had to say about us!

best review of Pontypool I have heard yet.  The difficulty in `getting it', `liking it', even recommending it is supposed to be the pleasure. Especially the question over whether everything works or nothing works and the choices you have to make as a viewer to determine one over the other. It's a pleasure i look for when i hunt a specific kind of film and it was definitely something I thought while writing 'er.

so thanks for the awesome review. I don't normally pop in doctor thru a window style on reviewers but this was so good.

ciao T

Woot! He likes us! He REALLY likes us!


Our Twitter pal @shimoroka found the Pontypool Radio play ONLINE!!!

You can listen to it courtesy of the BBC!

Pontypool Radio Play

Reader Comments (11)

So, this video crashed my firefox twice in a row, anyone else having thisproblem, going to attempt to watch it a third time.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn I.G.

Ah! can anyone send me a google wave invite?! I have to do this viewing :O!

wrinkliez AT gmail DOT com

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWrinkliez

Hey all.
We've gotten a couple complaints about firefox crashing. We've replaced the video with our blip feed. If anyone who was having problems can try it out, we'd appreciate it!

February 24, 2010 | Registered CommenterMYMHM

Thanks it's working now. In the meantime I just downloaded the video, but thanks anyways. Great episode by the way.
Also, I think it takes the idea of the virus and the location from a book called "Pontypool Changes Everything".

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn I.G.

First time I checked out this site due to PONTYPOOL.....loved the review. I'll begin to follow. I thought PONTYPOOL was kick ass combining the great zombie genre with the idea of our words causing infection. PONTYPOOL, a true satire of the effects of media and what we consider "relevant" news.

May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Howard

Hello Anthony!
Thanks for checking us out!
I was REALLY taken with the macabre and bizarre feel of Pontypool, and any film that can generate THAT much claustrophobia is going to be a winner in my book.

If you have any suggestions on a film to cover, drop us a line on our contact page!

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuan @ MYMHM

i also owe my mymhm happiness to pontypool! when it was over i couldn't decide whether or not i liked it (haha) and a google search led me here. O sweet fortune! great review and great site!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermelissa lee

I'm glad you found us Melissa!
What a great flick to find us on too.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuan @ MYMHM

Awesome review of an awesomely weird movie, but please, can anybody tell me wtf the scene tacked on after the credits was about?

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIgnatz

Just before the long hold on the poster in the child-kicking scene, Grant ducks down out of frame. Maybe it was just wonky editing, but it you're watching closely he vanishes before he gets all the way out of view. That creeped me the hell out. It was like a Hitchcock thing and it made me wonder whether he was hallucinating or infected or something. There are actually several weird little things like that, so my verdict is "carefully orchestrated non-standard editing" for the purpose of f'ing up the viewer's cinematic reflexes.

August 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteveAsat

The radiodrama version (actually just a shorter edit of the movie's audio) is circulating as a BitTorrent. Visit radioarchive-dawt-cc if your BT client can't find it.

August 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteveAsat

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