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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 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
Diane Gordon ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Fantasy | Horror


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Release Date:

18 September 2009 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Fear of the Living Dead - Radio Zombie  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$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?


Towards the end of the film, when the camera briefly shows a white board with two cherubs on it, among the many words/phrases on the board are: "leave," "always eat meat," and "gorgeous winter death." 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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Crazy Credits

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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »


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

a strange, yet refreshingly original, unique and effective low-budget zombie film
11 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pontypool is a psychological horror movie portraying the zombie invasion from the point of view of a radio DJ and two technicians in a small town in Ontario, Canada. If you are looking for a "Dawn of the Dead" style zombie film, with lots of fast-paced action, gore, and people fighting zombies, then this movie is not for you. It is a very slow-burning movie that gradually builds a sense of dread. Virtually the entire film takes place in a church, where the radio broadcast is taking place. There is very little gore or violence and most of the horror is from a psychological perspective. The plot becomes somewhat ludicrous and bizarre near the end, but the result is original and becomes better the more you think about it. I cannot think of any movie quite like this. The claustrophobic atmosphere and sense of mystery add a great amount of suspense and thrills. You never know any more about what is happening than the characters know. The first 20 minutes or so were my favorite part of the movie, but that's not to say I did not enjoy the whole thing; I simply felt that some of the ideas were not explained enough and left me with unanswered questions. I like ambiguous endings that make you think, but I would have liked to see a little more payoff in terms of the story. The plot devices and twists were clever, original, and extremely effective, but in the end, the movie leaves you with more questions than answers and more explaining would have made it better. It would be easier to elaborate on what I mean but to do so would require spoiling major plot points and that is the last thing I want to do. Pontypool, despite it's flaws, is a great zombie movie with fantastic direction, perfect pacing, and a story that revolts against the formulaic plot structure of many and most zombie movies.

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