Miroslaw Baszak
Lisa Schwarzbaum
May 27, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Pontypool

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
96 minutes
performer
Stephen McHattie
director
Bruce McDonald
genre
Horror

We gave it an A

Shut up or die: It’s the tagline of Ontario auteur Bruce McDonald’s crazy-cool, low-budget horror flick for a reason. This one-of-a-kind zombie film, named for the provincial Canadian town in which it’s set, stars Stephen McHattie as a cantankerous radio shock-jock broadcasting out of a crummy church basement, who fights back when zombies attack on a snowstormy Valentine’s Day. The means of infection? Tainted language! Think of this witty, economically gory little tour de force as 28 Days Later written by ?linguist Noam Chomsky. Pontypool is the perfect antidote to swine flu hysteria. (Available on cable via on demand) A

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