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Release Date:
18 September 2009 (Turkey) See more »
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A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town. | Full synopsis »
1 win & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Cunning linguist See more (136 total) »


  (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 (novel)

Tony Burgess (written by)

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 
Film Editing by
Jeremiah Munce 
Production Design by
Lea Carlson 
Art Direction by
Andrew Berry 
Costume Design by
Sarah Armstrong 
Makeup Department
Indiana Allemang .... key hair stylist
Indiana Allemang .... key makeup artist
Matthew Dewilde .... key prosthetic designer and applicator
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
Production Management
Marc Bachli .... post-production supervisor
John Nadalin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Hepburn .... trainee assistant director
John Pace .... first assistant director
Art Department
Chris Gotzamanis .... graphic designer
Lyle Jobe .... set dresser
Zack Lovatt .... graphic designer
Kenny Meinzinger .... property master
Andrij Molodecky .... set dresser
Adrienne Trent .... property master
Sound Department
Steve Copley .... foley mixer
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
John Hazen .... sound mixer
John Hazen .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael LaCroix .... sound recordist
Ryan Lukasik .... foley assistant
Steve Munro .... sound designer
Daryl Purdy .... boom operator
Jan Rudy .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Shikata .... sound effects editor
John Sievert .... foley artist
David Drainie Taylor .... dialogue & adr editor
Randy Wilson .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Geoff Hill .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Mathieu Archambault .... digital compositor
Ioan Balcosi .... compositor
Sarah Barber .... visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
Zac Campbell .... digital compositor
Kris Carson .... digital compositor: Mr X
Mike Duffy .... flame artist: Mr X Inc.
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc
Mike Kwan .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Isabelle Langlois .... visual effects production manager
Mel Martin .... visual effects coordinator
Claire McLachlan .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc
Mila Patriki .... digital intermediate colourist
Sebastien Proulx .... compositor
Paul Saint-Hilaire .... digital compositor: Nuke
Ben Simons .... visual effects animator
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor
Dan Belley .... stunts
Christopher Cordell .... stunt coordinator
Vanessa King .... stunt double
Bryan Thomas .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Miroslaw Baszak .... camera operator
Vinit Borrison .... director of photography: second unit
Angela Chao .... assistant camera
Caitlin Cronenberg .... still photographer
Michael Dawson .... assistant camera (as Mike Dawson)
Krista Dzialoszynski .... electrician
Dave Ferguson .... key grip (as David Ferguson)
Greg Haddow .... electrician
Jason Hamilton .... electrician
John Hickey .... first assistant camera
John Reed Hryszkiewicz .... camera trainee
Sean Keay .... electrician
Richard D. Leko .... lighting technician
Bob Lyte .... electrician
Mike McDonald .... chief lighting technician
Bill Melanson Jr. .... dolly grip (as William 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 (as Sean Scarupa)
Nicole Torok .... second assistant camera
Steve Van Denzen .... grip
Ioana Vasile .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori Endes .... wardrobe assistant
Jeanette Linton .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Peter Armstrong .... digital intermediate producer
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate project manager
Tom Mayclim .... digital intermediate recordist
Cam McLauchlin .... assistant digital intermediate editor
Dave Muscat .... assistant digital intermediate editor
Duff Smith .... assistant editor
Music Department
Scott Cochran .... scoring mixer
Jody Colero .... music supervisor
Hanna Lim .... composer: additional music
Michael Perlmutter .... music consultant
Other crew
Joe Alonzi .... production assistant
Russell Bright .... production assistant
Greg Holmgren .... location manager
Matti Huhta .... script supervisor
Krista Johnston .... clearances
Olivia Le Bihan .... production assistant
Brian Mancini .... production assistant
Richie Mitchell .... production assistant
Howard Ng .... production coordinator
Michale Raske .... production accountant
Sasha Stoltz .... publicist
Rebecca Swift .... assistant coordinator
Justin Rebelo .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
93 min | Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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?

Bruce McDonald, the director of the film, has said that the victims of the virus are called "conversationalists," as opposed to "zombies". In describing the stages of the virus, McDonald said: "There are three stages to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it's words that are terms of endearment, like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can't express yourself properly. The third stage is that you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out of the situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person".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...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013)See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Cunning linguist, 31 October 2012
Author: movieman_kev from United States

Stephen McHattie's mesmerizing performance as down-on-his-luck Radio talk show host, Grant Mazzy, bolsters an already intriguing premise that deals with a peculiar zombie outbreak that centers around linguistics in a way that I not only found interesting but the movie actually had me eagerly anticipating the sequel, but also making a beeline to get hold of both the books that originated their respective movies. That, my friend, is the sign of a good film. The only real trepidation the film caused me is the ending which I found awfully lackluster. Otherwise, the film caught my fancy.

Ps: Stick through the credits as the movie isn't truly over

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