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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)
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Colleen (Daud)
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Louis Negin ...
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A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Words lose their meaning when you repeat them. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Frecuencia macabra  »

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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

The original conceptualization for the movie was to have Burgess read the script with the wavering line being the only visual. Sydney's voice would be heard and Laurel Ann would only get a mention. 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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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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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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