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  (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 .... re-recording mixer
John Hazen .... sound 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 .... 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)
Dan Belley .... stunts
Christopher Cordell .... stunt coordinator (as Chris Cordell)
Joel Harris .... stunt rigger
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 E. Hamilton .... electrician (as Jason Hamilton)
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)
Location Management
Greg Holmgren .... location manager
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
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)
Justin Rebelo .... the filmmakers wish to thank

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93 min | Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ (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?

"When I had just finished my first book, The Hellmouths of Bewdley my publisher sent me out to get an author photo for the cover. My wife and I drove out to Bewldey thinking a picture of me standing on a dock on Rice Lake would be perfect...turned out the sun went down and we ended up pulling over to the side of the road and taking a pic in some town along the way. That was Pontypool. I had some pressure on me at the time to write a second book so I said, "I owe Pontypool a book." --Tony Burgess (It didn't hurt that the word "typo" is within the name, either.)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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81 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
Gruesome, chillingly memorable and darkly funny semiotic zombie film, 21 March 2009
Author: pyrocitor from Ontario, Canada

As with many film genres, the psychological horror film becomes increasingly in danger of being driven into the proverbial ground under a staggering mountain of cliché and repetition, with frustratingly few alternatives to the same old spin on the same old story. However, with Pontypool, Canadian independent director Bruce McDonald manages to not only breathe fresh life into an increasingly withering genre, but concoct a sliver of something altogether unexpected and new in the process. Adapted from screenwriter Tony Burgess' own novel about a small Ontario town overrun by zombies infected by a virus spread through the English language, McDonald's impressively lo-fi sheen proves the perfect fit for a zombie horror film brave enough to engage in notions of semiotics (dismantling the English language and forms of verbal communication) and philosophical reflections on interpersonal communication and survival situation ethics, while somehow managing to remain darkly comedic in the process. Yet, inherent complexities and offbeat humour aside, Pontypool remains a gruesomely effective and taut piece of psychological horror, beautifully paced and peppered with chillingly detached bursts of visceral violence and gore, making it almost essential viewing for any horror film fans.

Taking notes from abiding genre classics such as Alien, McDonald keeps the viewer daringly in the dark throughout the film, offering only tantalizing snippets of information from outside news broadcasts to contextualize the viral outbreak and horror unfolding outside the secluded setting. This focalization alongside the protagonists serves not only to draw the viewer in further in terms of alignment with the characters, but perpetuates a noxious, continual sense of claustrophobia, amplifying the creeping terror to almost unbearable levels. Far from balking at the challenge of keeping a single enclosed setting interesting, McDonald practically drinks in every last inch, managing to make the radio studio appear alternatingly oppressively tight and eerily vast - a masterful exploration of subjective relations to space. Similarly, Claude Foisy's eerie dirge of a spectral musical score perfectly compliments the film's crushingly atmospheric veneer.

And yet McDonald refuses to let genre conventions stifle an impish sense of fun, as the film's grisly realism is counterbalanced by unexpected moments of irrelevant silliness (a man dressed up as Osama Bin Laden appears on Mazzy's radio show with no explanation given), tastefully melding the zombie horror and black comedy genres to create a remarkably unprecedented result. And while the film may not be a flawless entry into the genre (Burgess's script offers the occasionally wooden patches of dialogue, and the daringly ambiguous ending may not be for all tastes), such a unique spin on age old narrative tropes deserves recognition and plaudits from all capable of stomach the material, both in terms of jarring violence and troublesomely complex thematic and philosophical overtones.

Being such a human drama centered piece, without the right cast, the low budget and static location of McDonald's film may have started to fragment, but thankfully the collection of primarily new actors prove more than up for the job. Perpetually underrated character actor Stephen McHattie shines in a rare lead role, giving a remarkably balanced performance as sardonic radio broadcaster Grant Mazzy. Showcasing both a deliciously dry comedic deadpan and potential for raw, dramatic charisma, McHattie deftly carries both the light and dark aspects of the film with ease. Lisa Houle gives an impressively measured performance as Mazzy's harried co-worker, managing to defy 'damsel in distress' stereotypes by being a fully capable and independent individual, yet with an appealing vulnerability equally driving home the credibility of her character. Georgina Reilly is a powerfully commanding presence in a far too brief role, similarly essaying a fully convincing human being forced to succumb to petrifying circumstances. And Hrant Alianak is a delightfully bizarre presence as a quirky doctor who may or may not possess crucial information regarding the viral outbreak.

Easily worth seeing for its unconventional blending of the intellectually complex, chillingly horrifying and bleakly humorous, Pontypool achieves a cinematic gut punch, delivering a reaction unlike most contemporaries and certainly proving far more memorable. While certainly not an appropriate initiation for those unfamiliar with zombie horror, the film's unique hybridity and visceral emotional effect is sure to both sate and fascinate fans of the genre, making Pontypool near indispensable viewing.


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