Pontypool 2009

Pontypool

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Witty and restrained but still taut and funny, this Pontypool is a different breed of low-budget zombie film.

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When disc jockey Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it's just another day at work. But when he hears reports of a virus that turns people into zombies, Mazzy barricades himself in the radio booth and tries to figure out a way to warn his listeners about the virus and its unlikely mode of transmission: the English language.

Cast & Crew

Lisa Houle
Sydney Briar
Boyd Banks
Jay , Osama
Tony Burgess
Tony , Lawrence
Rachel Burns
Colin , Daud
Raffaele Carniato
Conversationalist
Daniel Fathers
Nigel Healing
Tony Burgess
Screenwriter
Henry Cole
Executive Producer
J. Miles Dale
Executive Producer
Jasper Graham
Executive Producer
Claude Foisy
Original Music
Miroslaw Baszak
Cinematographer
Jeremiah Munce
Film Editor
Lea Carlson
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Critic Reviews for Pontypool

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (14)

  • Alarmingly intelligent and deeply disorienting, Pontypool plays as a radically different film upon subsequent viewings, its metaphor-filled dialogue seeming to shift and alter in meaning with every scene.

    December 1, 2010
  • This low-budget picture is a little too claustrophobic, and it grows tedious. The ominous, overbearing musical score tries but fails to jack up the tension.

    December 17, 2009
  • An original take on genre movies of its kind.

    October 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • This cerebral horror movie plays Scrabble with the genre's cinematic lingo.

    October 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • It's always an unexpected bonus in a zombie film to find the brains evident in the screenplay rather than splattered all over the scenery.

    October 16, 2009 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • An utterly baffling and stunningly boring zombie horror thriller.

    October 16, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pontypool

  • Apr 04, 2014
    Please! Someone get me some cranberry sauce for this awful turkey!
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2013
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2013
    Although its distinct lack of action can make the movie boring at times, Pontypool does not suffer from a lack of originality. It's clever and unlike any other zombie movie, if I can even call it a zombie movie. The entire movie takes place in a radio broadcasting building in the small Canadian town of Pontypool, where a radio host gets breaking news that hundreds of people are rioting and chanting gibberish. As the off-screen violence seems to escalate, the radio host gradually tries to put together the pieces to understand what's going on. With next to no violence or action being depicted on-screen, Pontypool seems to lack the basic building blocks of a typical zombie movie, yet it's able to build suspense by way of implied violence heard during radio interviews with panicked individuals in the middle of the chaotic events. Because most of the horror is left to the imagination though, it does get a bit tiring after about an hour with little action occurring onscreen. Pontypool is not always the most exciting movie, but it's surprisingly original for a zombie movie and it achieves quite a bit on a shoestring budget.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2012
    A gravely voiced, caustic, down-at-the-heels radio shock jock demoted to a small town asks his listeners "why would you call 911?" after a strange encounter; just the set-up for a cynical, claustrophibic take on the curious popular notion of a zombie apocalypse. Based on the original Canadian radio play.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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