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Director:
Writers:
Tony Burgess (novel)
Tony Burgess (written by)
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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 »
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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)
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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
 
Stunts
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
 
Thanks
Justin Rebelo .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
93 min | Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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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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Trivia:
One scene features Neal Stephenson's novel 'Snow Crash', a book featuring an ear worm or memetic virus that transfers itself through verbal information.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:
The Nefud DesertSee more »

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66 out of 112 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.

-8/10

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