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

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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)
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Maureen (Farraj)
Rachel Burns ...
Colleen (Daud)
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A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.

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Horror | Thriller

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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Frecuencia macabra  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,478 (USA) (5 June 2009)
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Tony Burgess, the film's writer and the author of the novel on which the film is based - "Pontypool Changes Everything" - makes a brief cameo in the film as the male singer of Lawrence and the Arabians. His character is credited as "Tony (Lawrence)". (In fact, at the end of the scene where the singers have performed for the bemused Grant Mazzy, Mazzy himself actually refers to Burgess' character as "Tony Burgess.") See more »

Quotes

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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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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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The Nefud Desert
Music & Lyrics by Tony Burgess
Performed by Boyd Banks, Tony Burgess, Rachel Burns, Hannah Fleming
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This film needs the right audience.
28 June 2012 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Indeed, Pontypool is one of those movies that will appeal to a certain number of people, but it's just not for everyone. However, it does feature some refreshingly new twists and turns to the classical zombie-infestation-overflows-a-village horror story. These new twists and differences are beautifully explained during the movie, and won't leave you with any questions at the end, something that doesn't happen often enough in this genre.

The acting by Stephen McHattie and Lisa Houle is decent enough, especially for a horror movie. Especially the first part of the movie, where the tension is built up, relies for the most part on their acting and they pull it off nicely. The camera-work is good but nothing special, the setting is dark but what can you expect from this genre of film!

All in all, I believe Pontypool stands out of the bulk of today's horror movies. It won't make it to be an all time classic of the genre, but it's a nice movie to watch (atleast for once), especially if you like a somewhat mysterious atmosphere and less blood and gore than is usual for a zombie movie. If you, on top of that, try to really comprehend the new twists and turns and the explanation for the zombie infestation and use your imagination, this film will leave you wondering and ensure you'll have had a good time.

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