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Pontypool (2008)

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A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.

Director:

Bruce McDonald

Writers:

Tony Burgess, Tony Burgess (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Burgess ... Tony (Lawrence)
Boyd Banks ... Jay (Osama)
Hannah Fleming Hannah Fleming ... Maureen (Farraj)
Rachel Burns Rachel Burns ... Colleen (Daud)
Laura Nordin ... Spooky Woman
Louis Negin ... Conversationalist
Diane Gordon Diane Gordon ... Conversationalist
Daniel Park ... Conversationalist
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A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Shut Up Or Die See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Armenian

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Fear of the Living Dead - Radio Zombie See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,541, 29 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,478, 7 June 2009
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actress Georgina Reilly had a problem with her character's having to "babble" and was concerned about what the words would mean to her character. 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. 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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Connections

References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Nefud Desert
Music & Lyrics by Tony Burgess
Performed by Boyd Banks, Tony Burgess, Rachel Burns, Hannah Fleming
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Different? Certainly. Enjoyable? Hmmmm.
23 July 2010 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

In director Bruce McDonald's decidedly unconventional horror film Pontypool, certain words of spoken English carry a virus that is transmitted to the listener only when they are comprehended; the infected person then develops strange speech patterns, violent tendencies, and attempts to further spread the disease by talking to others.

Canadian 'Shock Jock' DJ Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) is hosting his early morning talk-radio show when an outbreak of the virus occurs in the nearby town of Pontypool; as reports come in about sudden riots and inexplicable mob scenes, Mazzy and his radio crew, producer Sydney Briar (Lisa Houle) and assistant Laurel-Ann (Georgina Reilly), slowly begin to realise the awful truth about their situation.

Pontypool has the kind of unique, thought-provoking premise that would usually demand several viewings in order for me to get a firm grip on and form solid opinions about precisely what has occurred; what a shame then that the single radio station setting, the stilted dialogue, and stage-like execution aren't anywhere near enthralling enough for me to want to repeat the experience in a hurry.

The more pretentious of horror fans will no doubt defend the film regardless of its rather monotonous nature, but I guess I'll just have to be content with my initial, perhaps somewhat basic understanding of the film and get back to my traditional (and, more importantly, fun) zombie flicks—you know... the sort where you actually see the threat rather than just hear it described over the airwaves.


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