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Pontypool (2008)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror | 18 September 2009 (Turkey)
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A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.

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Cast

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Laurel-Ann Drummond
Hrant Alianak ...
Dr. Mendez
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Ken Loney (voice)
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Nigel Healing
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Nancy Freethy
Tony Burgess ...
Tony (Lawrence)
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Jay (Osama)
Hannah Fleming ...
Maureen (Farraj)
Rachel Burns ...
Colleen (Daud)
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Spooky Woman
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Diane Gordon ...
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Daniel Park ...
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Storyline

A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Fear of the Living Dead - Radio Zombie  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,541 (USA) (29 May 2009)

Gross:

$3,478 (USA) (5 June 2009)
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Trivia

Writer Tony Burgess and director Bruce McDonald feel that the events of the film are truer to the actual unpredictable nature of a virus (i.e. why person A would contract the virus and why person B would not). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Grant Mazzy: Mrs. French's cat is missing. The signs are posted all over town. "Have you seen Honey?" We've all seen the posters, but nobody has seen Honey the cat. Nobody. Until last Thursday morning, when Miss Colette Piscine swerved her car to miss Honey the cat as she drove across a bridge. Well this bridge, now slightly damaged, is a bit of a local treasure and even has its own fancy name; Pont de Flaque. Now Collette, that sounds like Culotte. That's Panty in French. And Piscine means ...
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Followed by Pontypool Changes See more »

Soundtracks

O Canada
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Music by Calixa Lavallée
French lyrics by Adolphe-Basile Routhier
English lyrics by Robert Stanley Weir
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Zombies+Linguistics=Awesome
22 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Toronto film festival, and I must say it was superb. It's a zombie flick that isn't a zombie flick--it really breaks out of the genre. At times honestly hilarious and truly suspenseful at others, it was one of my top three films I saw at the festival. The IMDb synopsis doesn't do it justice. The main character loves to throw out references to linguistics and literary critics, and the "transmission" of the virus fits perfectly. Stephen McHattie did a fantastic job, as did Lisa Houle and Georgina Reilly. Even though the "we're stuck in a building surrounded by zombies" is a well-used setup, Pontypool is so different from most zombie movies that it doesn't feel hackneyed. Altogether, it's a totally fresh, exciting movie. If you can get your hands on it, watch it!


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