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Director:
Writers:
Tony Burgess (written by)
Tony Burgess (novel)
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Release Date:
18 September 2009 (Turkey) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Shut Up Or Die See more »
Plot:
A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Refreshing Respite from Overdone Horror/Thriller Movies See more (138 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stephen McHattie ... Grant Mazzy

Lisa Houle ... Sydney Briar

Georgina Reilly ... Laurel-Ann Drummond
Hrant Alianak ... Dr. Mendez

Rick Roberts ... Ken Loney (voice)

Daniel Fathers ... Nigel Healing

Beatriz Yuste ... Nancy Freethy
Tony Burgess ... Tony (Lawrence)

Boyd Banks ... Jay (Osama)
Hannah Fleming ... Maureen (Farraj)
Rachel Burns ... Colleen (Daud)

Laura Nordin ... Spooky Woman
Louis Negin ... Conversationalist
Diane Gordon ... Conversationalist
Daniel Park ... Conversationalist
Yvonne Moore ... Conversationalist
Raffaele Carniato ... Conversationalist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Derek Scott ... Fish Hut Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce McDonald 
 
Writing credits
Tony Burgess (written by)

Tony Burgess (novel "Pontypool Changes Everything")

Produced by
Jeffrey Coghlan .... producer
Henry Cole .... executive producer
J. Miles Dale .... executive producer
Jasper Graham .... executive producer
Billie Mintz .... associate producer
John Nadalin .... line producer
Michale Raske .... associate producer
Ambrose Roche .... producer
Isabella Smejda .... executive producer
Nick Sorbara .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Claude Foisy 
 
Cinematography by
Miroslaw Baszak (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jeremiah Munce 
 
Production Design by
Lea Carlson 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Berry 
 
Set Decoration by
Andrij Molodecky 
 
Costume Design by
Sarah Armstrong 
 
Makeup Department
Indiana Allemang .... key hair stylist
Indiana Allemang .... key makeup artist
Matthew Dewilde .... key prosthetic designer and applicator (as Matthew DeWilde)
Davida Gragor .... assistant hair stylist
Davida Gragor .... assistant makeup artist
Laura MacCon .... daily hair stylist
Laura MacCon .... daily makeup artist
Sheilagh McGrory .... prosthetic makeup assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Marc Bachli .... post-production supervisor
John Nadalin .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Hepburn .... trainee assistant director
John Pace .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jefferson Gonsalves .... head painter
Matthew Hallett .... carpenter (as Matthew 'Chewy' Hallett)
Lyle Jobe .... set dresser
Marc Kuitenbrouwer .... construction coordinator
Zack Lovatt .... art department trainee
Joe McLean .... head carpenter
Kenny Meinzinger .... property master
Adrienne Trent .... property master
Chris Gotzamanis .... graphic designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Hazen .... sound mixer
John Hazen .... sound re-recording mixer
John Hooper .... assistant sound trainee
Michael LaCroix .... sound recordist
Steve Munro .... sound designer
Steve Munro .... supervising sound editor
Daryl Purdy .... boom operator
Jan Rudy .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Shikata .... sound effects editor
John Sievert .... foley artist
David Drainie Taylor .... dialogue editor
Steve Copley .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist (uncredited)
Ryan Lukasik .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Randy Wilson .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tim Ferguson .... special effects assistant
Michael W. Hamilton .... special effects assistant (as Mike Hamilton)
Dylan Hankinson .... special effects assistant
Geoff Hill .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Mathieu Archambault .... digital artist: Mr. X
Ioan Balcosi .... digital artist: Mr. X
Sarah Barber .... visual effects coordinator
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects executive producer
Zac Campbell .... digital artist: Mr. X
Kris Carson .... digital artist: Mr. X
Mike Duffy .... digital artist: Mr. X
Isabelle Langlois .... visual effects production manager
Mel Martin .... visual effects coordinator (as Melanie Martin)
Claire McLachlan .... digital artist: Mr. X
Mila Patriki .... digital intermediate colourist
Jim Price .... digital artist: Mr. X
Sebastien Proulx .... digital artist: Mr. X (as Sebastian Proulx)
Kevin Quatman .... compositing supervisor: Mr. X
Paul Saint-Hilaire .... digital artist: Mr. X
Ben Simons .... digital artist: Mr. X
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc (uncredited)
Mike Kwan .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dan Belley .... stunts
Christopher Cordell .... stunts (as Chris Cordell)
Vanessa Reid .... stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Vanessa King .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Miroslaw Baszak .... camera operator
Matthew Bedard .... third assistant camera
Vinit Borrison .... camera operator: "b" camera
Angela Chao .... second assistant: "b" camera
Mike Chase .... generator operator
Caitlin Cronenberg .... still photographer
Michael Dawson .... first assistant: "b" camera (as Mike Dawson)
Neil Diceman .... generator operator
Krista Dzialoszynski .... electrician (as Krista Dzaloszynski)
Dave Ferguson .... key grip (as David Ferguson)
Erik Greensmith .... dit technician: red cam
Greg Haddow .... electrician
Jason Hamilton .... electrician
John Hickey .... first assistant camera
John Reed Hryszkiewicz .... camera trainee
Aaron Johnstone .... electrician
Sean Keay .... electrician
James Kennedy .... generator operator
Richard D. Leko .... electrician (as Richard Leko)
Bob Lyte .... electrician
Bob Mallen .... grip
Mike McDonald .... chief lighting technician
Bill Melanson Jr. .... dolly grip (as William 'J.R.' Melanson)
Frank Merino .... electrician
Monty Montgomerie .... best boy grip
Beth Nobes .... second assistant camera
Doug Reid .... best boy electric (as Douglas Reid)
Todd Sands .... electrician
Julia Seidman .... camera trainee
Sean Skarupa .... electrician
Nicole Torok .... second assistant camera
Steve Van Denzen .... grip (as Steve VanDenzen)
Ioana Vasile .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori Endes .... assistant costume designer
Jeanette Linton .... daily wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Peter Armstrong .... digital intermediate producer
Hardave Grewal .... digital intermediate conform
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate project manager
Johnny Megalos .... one-light colourist: Redlab
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editor
Duff Smith .... assistant editor
Tom Mayclim .... digital intermediate recordist (uncredited)
Cam McLauchlin .... assistant digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jody Colero .... music supervisor
Michael Perlmutter .... music consultant
Scott Cochran .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Hanna Lim .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joe Alonzi .... production assistant (as Joseph Alonzi)
Steve Beatty .... insurance broker: C&C Media & Entertainment
Russell Bright .... production assistant
Brad Brown .... production assistant
Dany Chiasson .... executive: Shadow Shows
Gordon Culley .... epk
Jamie Daubney .... production assistant
Jeff Edgson .... craft service assistant
Paul Gillet .... production assistant
Aaron Hall .... production assistant
Pete Harvey .... production assistant
Greg Holmgren .... location manager
Matti Huhta .... script supervisor
Umnia Karshe .... production assistant
Olivia Le Bihan .... production assistant
Jacob Lew .... production assistant
Nancy MacKay .... craft service assistant (as Nancy McKay)
Vivian Mak .... production assistant
Brian Mancini .... production assistant
Andrew K. Martin .... epk
Jacinta McDonnell .... stand-in
Jonathan Milukow .... production assistant
Richie Mitchell .... production assistant (as Ritchie Mitchell)
J.L. Munce .... titles
Raj Nandy .... production assistant
Howard Ng .... production coordinator
Mick Parkinson .... production assistant
J.R. Powell .... epk (as JR Powell)
Michale Raske .... production accountant
Matthew Chrones Scott .... production assistant (as Matt Chrones Scott)
Peter Snider .... stand-in
Sasha Stoltz .... unit publicist
Rebecca Swift .... assistant coordinator
Andrew Vaz .... production assistant
Krista Johnston .... clearances (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Justin Rebelo .... the filmmakers wish to thank
 

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Runtime:
93 min | Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA (2009) | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The original conceptualization for the movie was to have Tony 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...
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Movie Connections:
References Outbreak (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
O CanadaSee more »

FAQ

Where does the name Pontypool come from?
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79 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
Refreshing Respite from Overdone Horror/Thriller Movies, 8 March 2009
Author: clairmonde from Canada

I remember purchasing this book back in 2008 because it was a Canadian zombie story that takes place in a little nowhere Ontario town called Pontypool. The back of the book had me laughing and intrigued by the description.

A virus. Flesh eating zombies. A body count in the millions has decimated Ontario's population. What if you woke up and began your morning by devoting the rest of your life to a murderous rampage, a never-ending cannibalistic spree? And what if you were only one of thousands who shared the same compulsion? This novel depicts just such an epidemic. It's the compelling, terrifying story of a devastating virus.

I will not tell you how you catch it so as not to include spoilers, but once it has you, it leads you on a strange journey—into another world where the undead chase you down the streets of the smallest towns and largest cities.

If you are expecting a night of the living dead style film... this is not it. This movie does a fantastic job of drawing you into the world of the characters, their relationships and everything falling apart around them; you are not an outside observer. You are for all intensive purposes just another Pontypool citizen wondering "Wiskey-Tango-Foxtrot".

This movie is a great treat for four reasons 1) The focus on the actors as the actors were perfectly cast. You may recognize an actress from the recent release of Dark Room 2) The choice to follow the "Aliens" model of never placing the source of "fear and unease" front stage. By not letting you in on the whole thing and only providing glimpses, your imagination will take the scenes further than any expensive CGI ever could. 3) The writing and angle of the movie. You feel like you are part of the movie as you only know what the main actors know... nothing more! 4)The intro and the voice of the main actor really pull you in like a warm sedative as you spiral downward into the insanity of your own imagination.

Enjoy... we did!

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