[[caption-width-right:300:"Ken, [[DeathByTransceiver you still there? Ken]]?]]
->''Shut Up or Die!''

A Canadian horror film from 2008, set almost entirely inside a radio studio in the town of [[TitleDrop Pontypool]], Ontario. [[DumbassDJ Swaggering shock jock]] Grant Mazzy has just been hired by the local radio station, and this particular day sees the snowstorm from hell descend on Pontypool. After a strange encounter with a nonsensical woman who staggers off into the storm, he gets to work - immediately butting heads with producer Sydney Briar, who's assisted by staff member (and Afghanistan vet) Laurel-Ann Drummond.

Then, the ZombieApocalypse happens. [[spoiler: Well, kind of. The infection is spread through the English language itself, in certain words (frequently terms of endearment) that get caught in the throats of the infectees and eventually drives them from MadnessMantra-sprouting lunacy to [[UnstoppableRage full-on monsters]].]] Trapped in the snowstorm, the three try to keep track of the situation through the radio, and eventually face a zombie siege.

!!This film provides examples of:
* AxCrazy: The sanity of those infected gets worse as time goes on, until eventually they plunge into a perpetual UnstoppableRage.
* AgentMulder: Mendez, with Mazzy as his curmudgeonly [[AgentScully Scully]].
* AliensInCardiff: Shit goes down in the tiny, rural Ontario town of Pontypool.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The radio station is breached.
* AnAesop: During his anti-establishment tirade, Mazzy concludes that society duly deserved this virus, as it had already [[spoiler:perverted language beyond all recognition]].
* ARealManIsAKiller: [[spoiler: Subverted. After Grant and Sydney kill the infected girl from Lawrence and the Arabians in self-defense, Grant is reluctant to admit that they ''both'' killed her.]]
* Creator/TheBBC: Pretty soon, the Pontypool situation becomes headline news.
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler: Presumably class 1 if the infection is contained to the English language; class 2 or 3 if it jumps to other languages. The events during the end credits suggest that a class 1 event is imminent, given that the infection is spreading.]]
* BilingualBonus: [[spoiler: The infection is only spread through the English language. Donít want to succumb to the infection? Knowing French or Armenian might help.]]
* BlackComedy: A few bits, but Mendez, immediately after [[spoiler:Laurel-Ann]] dies, is in fine form.
-->'''Mendez:''' There must be hundreds of them pressed against the building! What we need is a flamethrower.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Happens to [[spoiler: Laurel-Ann]] in very gory fashion.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick:
-->'''Mazzy:''' That was our own Ken Loney... interviewing... a screaming baby... coming from Mary Gault's eldest son's last dying gasps.
* {{Brownface}}: The two white kids dressed as bedouin have their faces painted dark brown.
* BrownNote: [[spoiler:How the virus is spread.]]
* BuffySpeak: "I need the Mazzyness."
* CanadaEh: The film could easily have taken place anywhere else [[spoiler: if not for the way that Canadian bilingualism becomes a major plot element later on]].
* ChekhovsGun: ''(bemused)'' "Mrs. French's cat is missing. The signs are posted all over town..." Also the soundbooth, which allows them to hide from [[spoiler:Laurel Ann]].
* CityMouse: Mazzy is a disgraced shock jock from the big city and is still getting adjusted to life in a tiny rural town.
* CreepyChild: Happens with one of the singers who visits the studio. [[spoiler: Later, she appears in full-on zombie form.]]
* DeadlineNews: [[spoiler: The news crew get's regular updates from their "traffic helicopter" reporter Ken Loney who is stuck out in the middle of the action.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Mazzy's disturbing obituaries are read over stylized black & white footage of the victims. TheStinger is also in monochrome.
* DoNotGoGentle:
-->"This is Grant Mazzy for CSLY Radio Nowhere. ...''And I'm still here, you cocksuckers.''"
* DownerEnding: It's a zombie film, what would you expect? [[spoiler:Though Grant and Sydney have found a (theoretical) way to cure the infection, the town gets bombed anyway. It doesn't stop the spread, though; the closing credits are a voice-over montage of other radio stations and callers reporting the beginnings of the same strange events in Pontypool. The last lines we hear are the BBC anchor repeating "Pontypool, Pontypool", sounding rather bewildered.]]
** GainaxEnding: In a quirky twist, [[spoiler:Mazzy and Syd's supposed deaths are followed more black & white footage, except they're dressed as a couple of Tarantino-style hipsters (!)]]. The color gradually returns as Mazzy [[QuipToblack Quips to Black]].
* DoubleSpeak: Mendez comes up with this method of evading infection. Mazzy takes it a step further by [[spoiler:substituting "kill" for "kiss"]], and so on.
-->'''Sydney:''' I don't think we're saving the world with shitty haiku.\\
'''Mazzy:''' [[BlackHumor Everybody's a critic]].
* DumbassDJ: Grant behaves like this early on.
* EarWorm: Intentionally invoked.
* FacialHorror: Infectees chew off their bottom lips in the last throes of the virus.
* FearfulSymmetry: The infected have an unnerving habit of parroting anything you say to them.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Based on the novel ''Pontypool Changes Everything''.
* FluffyTheTerrible: This whole mess began with a [[spoiler:flyer for a missing cat, "Honey."]]
* ForScience: Dr. Mendez is a hilarious, over-the-top nod to grindhouse "scientists" who are fascinated by the infection, and not terribly concerned about the victim.
* FunnyForeigner: John Mendez, Pontypool's very own [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Dr. Nick]]. He's currently under suspicion for writing false prescriptions.
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Mazzy transmitting a BrokenRecord recording through the speakers, drawing the mob away from his booth and back outside.
* GoryDiscretionShot: The camera focuses on a wall poster advertising the station as [[spoiler: Grant and Sydney kick a twelve-year-old zombie to death]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Mendez, the doctor, sacrifices his life to save Mazzy and Sydney from the infected.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Sort of, when the BBC calls and gets Mazzy on the air. He's usually the one asking the questions...
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: When Grant realizes how the disorder is spread and attempts to broadcast the "cure" over the airwaves.]]
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: The film happens entirely in one February 14th, Valentine's Day. This is part of the plot, because [[spoiler:as stated above the virus is spread with terms of endearment and baby talk, and lovers are prone to do that on Valentine's Day]].
* InfantImmortality: Averted. Mazzy and Sydney are attacked by [[spoiler: the youngest member of Lawrence and the Arabians, who showed earlier the signs of infection]] and are forced to kill her.
* InsaneTrollLogic: The cure. In the end, Mazzy gives an impassioned speech filled with this, imploring his audience to "stop making sense."
* ItsProbablyNothing: Everybody dismissing the outbreak as an Orson Wellsian hoax. Grant Massy accuses the whole station of "fucking" with him, and stomps out the door. [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong He doesn't get far]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Grant.
* LastKiss
* MadnessMantra: Subverted. While people infected with the disease speak in madness mantras, the doctor hypothesizes that this is actually their brains trying to fight off the madness by making the diseased words incomprehensible.
* MagicCountdown: [[spoiler: The film ends at zero.]]
* MindScrew: [[spoiler: the stinger after the credits.]]
* MrExposition: Mendez.
* NiceHat: Mazzy's stetson hat.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Possibly. Given the way the virus spreads, Sydney theorizes that they might have propagated it [[spoiler:through repeated mention of Honey the missing cat. Grant initially thinks she's off her rocker, but later it's suggested she might be right.]]
** The French warning early in the film ''ends'' with [[spoiler: Do not translate this message]]. Sounds like it should have been at the beginning, or repeated throughout the signal.
* NoodleIncident: We're not told what caused Mazzy to get fired from his previous job, but given that he's a shock jock, you can infer that he pissed off the wrong person, or too many of them.
* NotUsingTheZWord: The producers stress that the infectees are not zombies, but [[spoiler: "conversationalists"]].
* OhCrap: "Do not translate... this... message." Oops.
* OnceForYesTwiceForNo: Mazzy and Syd later try scribbling notes to avoid being infected. [[spoiler:It doesn't work]].
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: ''Very''. They're not created through bites, but through [[spoiler: '''sound''' bites: certain words infecting the mind and causing people to go crazy]].
* PaedoHunt: Played with in reference to Ken Loney. Sydney muses that everyone always suspected him, and they never left him alone with their kids.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Even though its a brief one-way conversation, it's pretty clear that whatever Mazzy did to get himself fired from his previous job, it tainted his prospects so badly that the middle-of-nowhere job of Pontypool was pretty much the only place he could get work.
* ResignedToTheCall: Rather than try to save his own skin, Mazzy is determined to broadcast his "cure" on the airwaves.
-->"People are ''already'' dying, Syd. And we've been playing [[GenreMotif/EasyListening Muzak]]. Do we really want to provide a genocide with ''elevator music''?!?"
* ShellShockedVeteran: Laurel-Ann seems well-adjusted, but she mentions "the situation I brought back in my head," alluding to some possible lingering psychological trauma.
* ShoutOut: A copy of Neal Stephenson's ''Literature/SnowCrash'' is displayed suspiciously prominently in one scene. ''Snow Crash'' also deals heavily with [[spoiler: infections transmitted via language]].
* SnowMeansDeath
* SpoofAesop: "Keep an eye out for crazy ladies in the snow."
* SurvivalHorror: Eventually.
* TechnicallyLivingZombie: Lampshaded by Mazzy, who refers to them as "scared people." Conversely, an MP in the closing credits expresses hope that the mob was already dead when he took them out.
* TooDumbToLive: Sydney, even knowing how the virus is spread, calls her son and uses several terms of endearment.
* UltimateLifeForm:
-->'''Mendez:''' It may be...boundless! It may be... a God-bug!\\
'''Mazzy:''' ''Okay'', Dr. Mendez, look: I don't even believe in [=UFOs=], so I'm--I've gotta stop you right there with that "God-bug" thing.\\
'''Mendez:''' Oh, really? Well, that's very sensible [[ComicallyMissingThePoint because UFOs don't exist]].
* {{Understatement}}: "This is a hell of a shift, Sydney!"
* TheVoice: Ken Loney in his Sunshine Chopper. (Actually his Dodge Dart, parked on a hill, while [[foldercontrol]]

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* WithCatlikeTread: In an amusing sequence, Mazzy and Cyd accidentally trigger "O Canada" to blare from an overhead speaker. Mazzy takes a hammer to it, but the conversationalists have already been summoned.
* ZombieApocalypse: A unique take on the trope.
* ZombieInfectee: Numerous. The first one is the woman from the beginning of the film. [[spoiler: Laurel-Ann soon becomes one. So does Sydney, but she [[UnexplainedRecovery gets better.]] Grant has a brief brush with TheVirus, but his command of language seems to ensure his immunity.]]