Shock-Jock Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) is on his early morning way to his remote Ontario radio station when a babbling woman appears from nowhere – looking bemused through his car window, she walks away.
It’s the first strange happening in an unfolding day of unexplained chaos as reports come into the desolate station of horrific violence in the nearby town of Pontypool (it’s in Wales isn’t it?).
The snowy setting conjures memories of The Thing and Assault on Precinct 13, but it doesn’t reach the heights of its low budget cousins as scares are rare and the distant on the air screams and mystery, fail to terrify.
Mazzy’s central show host is cool though, a hybrid voice of grit and smooth that is amusing to the ear and tension between producer Sydney Briar (Lisa Houle) gives a neat battle of wills in his mockery of the small town day to day.
The slow, clever reveal of the true cause of all this disorder is compelling but ultimately lacks execution and the later clumsy appearance of Dr.Mendez is ill-fitting as a way of explaining events.
With a badass central performance from McHattie and some darkly funny laughs leaving much to enjoy, Pontypool still doesn’t quite deliver on its left field high concept.