‘A Real Creepshow’: Stephen King’s New Recommendation to Add Spice to Your Halloween
You’ve never seen a zombie horror like this before.
What are the things you can't live without on Halloween? It's a scary costume, trick-or-treating, and of course a good horror movie.
But if you've already seen Scream, Hocus Pocus, Dead Silence, and The Conjuring ten times (or more), and are looking for something fresh, then Stephen King has something for you.
Stephen King's recommendations are a genre of their own - the author often shares what projects he has enjoyed on his account on X.
This time the recommendation turned out to be themed one – Halloween is approaching, and thanks to King, we now know what to watch in anticipation of it:
“Pontypool! Now there’s a real creepshow.”
A small radio station in a small Canadian town. Snowy early morning. A charismatic host, a strict producer and a lively technician start their usual morning show. But suddenly strange messages start arriving – something odd is happening in Pontypool town.
Sitting in the cramped confines of their station, the three men can only try to piece together an overall picture of what is happening from the confusing and fragmentary messages coming in from outside, without interrupting the broadcast for a minute, while the town is taken over by a zombie virus.
The main difference between Pontypool and other zombie horror movies is that the viewer does not see the terrifying pictures, but only hears the echoes of the tragedy. This is where your own imagination comes into play, which can scare you more than any image on the screen.
Pontypool is a little known, but very unusual Canadian horror film based on a very well thought out plot twist: the zombie virus is transmitted by language. And not just any language, but English.
As a result, everyone reporting on the ongoing crisis quickly becomes infected themselves. To survive, the characters must constantly switch to French. This is a movie about the growing paranoia that makes communication between people impossible and turns everyone into a potential monster.
At the same time, the main part of the story takes place in a single location – the radio host's booth, but the tension is skillfully intensified, and the atmosphere quickly becomes nervous, then oppressive, and then, finally, hopeless.
Source: Stephen King on X