Pontypool (2008)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurel-Ann Drummond
Hrant Alianak ...
Dr. Mendez
Ken Loney (voice)
Nigel Healing
Nancy Freethy
Tony Burgess ...
Tony (Lawrence)
Jay (Osama)
Hannah Fleming ...
Maureen (Farraj)
Rachel Burns ...
Colleen (Daud)
Spooky Woman
Louis Negin ...
Diane Gordon ...
Daniel Park ...


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

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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Fear of the Living Dead - Radio Zombie  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Pontypool" was produced as both a motion picture, and as a radio play. Both versions of "Pontypool" were influenced by Orson Welles' infamous radio production of "The War of the Worlds." The radio play was broadcast on the BBC's Art & Culture section of their World Service website. It is approximately 58 minutes long, as opposed to the film's running time of 95 minutes. See more »


[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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The Nefud Desert
Music & Lyrics by Tony Burgess
Performed by Boyd Banks, Tony Burgess, Rachel Burns, Hannah Fleming
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User Reviews

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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Dumb idea, I mean really? REALLY? cdaddy
The only explanation of the 'infection' I can think of... dillingerescp
ingenious plot eviljester9000
Scene After the End Credits StinkyD33
something with a similar idea Stu-M
So how did the virus start? gunnar_kr
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