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Pontypool (2008)

  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 8,978 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 18 September 2009 (Turkey)
  • Runtime: 93 min | Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Pontypool (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Pontypool (2008)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 8,978 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 18 September 2009 (Turkey)
  • Runtime: 93 min | Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Filming Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Budget: $1,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $3,478(USA)(7 June 2009)
  • Director: Bruce McDonald
  • Stars: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle and Georgina Reilly
  • Original Music By: Claude Foisy   
  • Plot Keyword: Virus | Writing | Subtitled Scene | Cowboy Hat | Fake Gun

Writing Credits By:

  • Tony Burgess (novel)
  • Tony Burgess  written by

Known 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.
  • The wavering line seen at the beginning was synchronized to the sound of actor Stephen McHattie’s voice.
  • “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.)
  • The original conceptualization for the movie was to have Burgess read the script with the wavering line being the only visual. Sydney’s voice would be heard and Laurel Ann would only get a mention.
  • Writer Tony Burgess and director Bruce McDonald are intending to include more exposition for two planned sequels.
  • The second and third films in the series were actually conceived before the first one.
  • Writer Tony Burgess and director Bruce McDonald feel that the events of the film are truer to the actual unpredictable nature of a virus (i.e. why person A would contract the virus and why person B would not).
  • 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.
  • Tony Burgess, the film’s writer and the author of the novel on which the film is based – “Pontypool Changes Everything” – makes a brief cameo in the film as the male singer of Lawrence and the Arabians. His character is credited as “Tony (Lawrence)”. (In fact, at the end of the scene where the singers have performed for the bemused Grant Mazzy, Mazzy himself actually refers to Burgess’ character as “Tony Burgess.”)
  • “Pontypool” was produced as both a motion picture, and as a radio play. Both versions of “Pontypool” were influenced by Orson Welles’ infamous radio production of “The War of the Worlds.” The radio play was broadcast on the BBC’s Art & Culture section of their World Service website. It is approximately 58 minutes long, as opposed to the film’s running time of 95 minutes.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: The "live" video of the BBC's Nigel Healing playing on the computer has a moving progress indicator underneath, indicating that it's pre-recorded video being played and not a live feed.

Plot: A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.  »

Story: A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.


Synopsis: The film is set in a radio station in Pontypool, a small village in Ontario, Canada, where one day the morning team starts taking reports of extreme, bloody incidents of violence occurring in town. As the story unfolds, the radio staff soon realizes the violence that is ripping society apart is due to a virus being spread through the English language.That in turn poses a problem for a yappy radio jock and his staff holed up in the broadcast booth housed in the basement of the town’s abandoned church as a slaughter rages beyond its walls. -Horror_Fan01

Pontypool was adapted from the novel Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess, who also wrote the screenplay. The story is about "Shock jock" Grant Mazzy who has, once again, been kicked-off the Big City airwaves and now works at the only job he could get hosting the early morning show at CLSY Radio in Pontypool Ontario, which broadcasts from the basement of the small town’s only church. What begins as another boring day of school bus cancellations due to yet another massive snow storm, things quickly turn deadly when reports of people having bizarre seizures, developing strange speech patterns and evoking horrendous acts of violence start piling in. Before long, Grant and the small staff at CLSY find themselves trapped in the radio station as they discover that this insane behavior taking over the town is actually a deadly virus being spread through the English language itself. Do they stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued or, are they in fact providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the world? [D-Man2010]


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jeffrey Coghlan known as producer
  • Henry Cole known as executive producer
  • J. Miles Dale known as executive producer
  • Jasper Graham known as executive producer
  • Billie Mintz known as associate producer
  • John Nadalin known as line producer
  • Michale Raske known as associate producer
  • Ambrose Roche known as producer
  • Isabella Smejda known as executive producer
  • Nick Sorbara known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Stephen McHattie known as Grant Mazzy
  • Lisa Houle known as Sydney Briar
  • Georgina Reilly known as Laurel-Ann Drummond
  • Hrant Alianak known as Dr. Mendez
  • Rick Roberts known as Ken Loney (voice)
  • Daniel Fathers known as Nigel Healing (voice)
  • Beatriz Yuste known as Nancy Freethy
  • Tony Burgess known as Tony / Lawrence
  • Boyd Banks known as Jay / Osama
  • Hannah Fleming known as Maureen / Faraj
  • Rachel Burns known as Colin / Daud
  • Laura Nordin known as Spooky Woman
  • Louis Negin known as Conversationalist
  • Diane Gordon known as Conversationalist
  • Daniel Park known as Conversationalist
  • Yvonne Moore known as Conversationalist
  • Raffaele Carniato known as Conversationalist
  • Derek Scott known as Fish Hut Man (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Indiana Allemang known as key makeup artist
  • Matthew Dewilde known as key prosthetic designer and applicator
  • Davida Gragor known as assistant hair stylist
  • Davida Gragor known as assistant makeup artist
  • Laura MacCon known as assistant makeup artist
  • Sheilagh McGrory known as prosthetic makeup assistant

Art Department:

  • Chris Gotzamanis known as graphic designer
  • Lyle Jobe known as set dresser
  • Zack Lovatt known as graphic designer
  • Kenny Meinzinger known as property master
  • Andrij Molodecky known as set dresser
  • Adrienne Trent known as property master




Production Companies:

  • Ponty Up Pictures
  • Shadow Shows

Other Companies:

  • Affiliated Equipment  grip and lighting equipment
  • Research House Clearance Services, The  clearances (as The Research House)
  • Theatre D Digital  post-production facilities
  • Trackworks Inc.  adr facility
  • Trackworks Inc.  sound editing facility


  • IFC Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Kaleidoscope (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Maple Pictures (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • A Plus Films (2008) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Arte (2011) (Germany) (TV)
  • EuroVideo (2009) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • EuroVideo (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD)
  • Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • MPI Home Video (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Maple Pictures (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Opening Distribution (2010) (France) (DVD)
  • Paco Pictures (2011) (Italy) (DVD)
  • Phoenicia Pictures (2010) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • SBP (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Video Film Express (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Mr. X (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Mathieu Archambault known as digital compositor
  • Ioan Balcosi known as compositor
  • Sarah Barber known as visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
  • Zac Campbell known as digital compositor
  • Kris Carson known as digital compositor: Mr X
  • Mike Duffy known as flame artist: Mr X Inc.
  • David Fix known as senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc
  • Mike Kwan known as digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Isabelle Langlois known as visual effects production manager
  • Mel Martin known as visual effects coordinator
  • Claire McLachlan known as digital compositor: Mr. X Inc
  • Mila Patriki known as digital intermediate colourist
  • Sebastien Proulx known as compositor
  • Paul Saint-Hilaire known as digital compositor: Nuke
  • Ben Simons known as visual effects animator
  • Aaron Weintraub known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • Canada 6 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Canada 26 September 2008 (Edmonton International Film Festival)
  • Germany 6 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Canada 6 March 2009 (Toronto)
  • USA 14 March 2009 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • Turkey 4 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
  • USA 29 May 2009 (New York City, New York)
  • UK 26 June 2009 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • South Korea July 2009 (PiFan International Film Festival)
  • Canada 21 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 5 September 2009 (MOTELx Lisbon International Horror Film Festival)
  • Sweden 18 September 2009 (Lund Fantastisk Film Festival)
  • Turkey 18 September 2009
  • Germany 19 September 2009 (Oldenburg International Film Festival)
  • Spain 2 October 2009 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • USA 10 October 2009 (Indie Memphis Film Festival)
  • UK 16 October 2009
  • Austria 26 October 2009 (Carinthian Fright Nights Horror-Film Festival)
  • Hungary 12 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 13 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Austria 10 December 2009
  • USA 26 January 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 21 April 2010 (Imagine Film Festival) (Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Argentina 19 May 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Norway 23 July 2010
  • France 5 September 2010 (L'Étrange Festival)
  • France 3 November 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 4 April 2011 (DVD premiere)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. MisterSaxon from London, England
    30 Mar 2012, 7:53 pm

    The zombie horror genre is an over-saturated one; and it takessomething truly original to remind you why you loved them in the firstplace. "Pontypool" is such a movie. If you think this is going to be astraightforward zombie flick, it's time to think again.

    The first half of the movie moves slowly but efficiently, as a radiohost and the two women in his team begin to realise that something ismost definitely wrong in their normally quiet little town. With the aidof some wonderful cinematography and an intelligent script, theaudience is holed up inside the radio station as reports begin tofilter through of mysterious events which are growing ever morethreatening in nature.

    The second half of the story, when the cause of the danger becomesknown and our protagonists are forced to protect themselves, willeither impress you (as it did me) or completely lose you. If you'relucky enough to experience the former, you'll realise that this moviehas far more going for it than your standard 'mindless zombies runaround eating brains' movie. It's a cerebral horror movie, designed tomake you think as you watch.

    The acting is solid throughout. Stephen McHattie (who had small partsin "Watchmen" and "A History Of Violence" amongst others, and whosevoice and appearance reminds me of Lance Henriksen) is perfectly castin the central role, and is backed by great performances by Lisa Houleand Georgina Reilly. As most of the early scenes of rising dread comefrom their characters listening to others calling the radio show, theirreactions are essential to maintaining suspense and they do a fantasticjob.

    If you're a fan of more intelligent horror fare (such as the earlierwork of David Cronenberg), you'd be advised to take a look here. It's amovie that defies expectations and provides a refreshing injection intoa genre of movie that has become increasingly tired as of late.

    Highly recommended.

  2. kngilber from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:53 pm

    I saw this film at the Toronto film festival, and I must say it wassuperb. It's a zombie flick that isn't a zombie flick–it really breaksout of the genre. At times honestly hilarious and truly suspenseful atothers, it was one of my top three films I saw at the festival. TheIMDb synopsis doesn't do it justice. The main character loves to throwout references to linguistics and literary critics, and the"transmission" of the virus fits perfectly. Stephen McHattie did afantastic job, as did Lisa Houle and Georgina Reilly. Even though the"we're stuck in a building surrounded by zombies" is a well-used setup,Pontypool is so different from most zombie movies that it doesn't feelhackneyed. Altogether, it's a totally fresh, exciting movie. If you canget your hands on it, watch it!

  3. clairmonde from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 7:53 pm

    I remember purchasing this book back in 2008 because it was a Canadianzombie story that takes place in a little nowhere Ontario town calledPontypool. The back of the book had me laughing and intrigued by thedescription.

    A virus. Flesh eating zombies. A body count in the millions hasdecimated Ontario's population. What if you woke up and began yourmorning by devoting the rest of your life to a murderous rampage, anever-ending cannibalistic spree? And what if you were only one ofthousands who shared the same compulsion? This novel depicts just suchan epidemic. It's the compelling, terrifying story of a devastatingvirus.

    I will not tell you how you catch it so as not to include spoilers, butonce it has you, it leads you on a strange journey—into another worldwhere the undead chase you down the streets of the smallest towns andlargest cities.

    If you are expecting a night of the living dead style film… this isnot it. This movie does a fantastic job of drawing you into the worldof the characters, their relationships and everything falling apartaround them; you are not an outside observer. You are for all intensivepurposes just another Pontypool citizen wondering"Wiskey-Tango-Foxtrot".

    This movie is a great treat for four reasons 1) The focus on the actorsas the actors were perfectly cast. You may recognize an actress fromthe recent release of Dark Room 2) The choice to follow the "Aliens"model of never placing the source of "fear and unease" front stage. Bynot letting you in on the whole thing and only providing glimpses, yourimagination will take the scenes further than any expensive CGI evercould. 3) The writing and angle of the movie. You feel like you arepart of the movie as you only know what the main actors know… nothingmore! 4)The intro and the voice of the main actor really pull you inlike a warm sedative as you spiral downward into the insanity of yourown imagination.

    Enjoy… we did!

  4. pyrocitor from Ontario, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 7:53 pm

    As with many film genres, the psychological horror film becomesincreasingly in danger of being driven into the proverbial ground undera staggering mountain of cliché and repetition, with frustratingly fewalternatives to the same old spin on the same old story. However, withPontypool, Canadian independent director Bruce McDonald manages to notonly breathe fresh life into an increasingly withering genre, butconcoct a sliver of something altogether unexpected and new in theprocess. Adapted from screenwriter Tony Burgess' own novel about asmall Ontario town overrun by zombies infected by a virus spreadthrough the English language, McDonald's impressively lo-fi sheenproves the perfect fit for a zombie horror film brave enough to engagein notions of semiotics (dismantling the English language and forms ofverbal communication) and philosophical reflections on interpersonalcommunication and survival situation ethics, while somehow managing toremain darkly comedic in the process. Yet, inherent complexities andoffbeat humour aside, Pontypool remains a gruesomely effective and tautpiece of psychological horror, beautifully paced and peppered withchillingly detached bursts of visceral violence and gore, making italmost essential viewing for any horror film fans.

    Taking notes from abiding genre classics such as Alien, McDonald keepsthe viewer daringly in the dark throughout the film, offering onlytantalizing snippets of information from outside news broadcasts tocontextualize the viral outbreak and horror unfolding outside thesecluded setting. This focalization alongside the protagonists servesnot only to draw the viewer in further in terms of alignment with thecharacters, but perpetuates a noxious, continual sense ofclaustrophobia, amplifying the creeping terror to almost unbearablelevels. Far from balking at the challenge of keeping a single enclosedsetting interesting, McDonald practically drinks in every last inch,managing to make the radio studio appear alternatingly oppressivelytight and eerily vast – a masterful exploration of subjective relationsto space. Similarly, Claude Foisy's eerie dirge of a spectral musicalscore perfectly compliments the film's crushingly atmospheric veneer.

    And yet McDonald refuses to let genre conventions stifle an impishsense of fun, as the film's grisly realism is counterbalanced byunexpected moments of irrelevant silliness (a man dressed up as OsamaBin Laden appears on Mazzy's radio show with no explanation given),tastefully melding the zombie horror and black comedy genres to createa remarkably unprecedented result. And while the film may not be aflawless entry into the genre (Burgess's script offers the occasionallywooden patches of dialogue, and the daringly ambiguous ending may notbe for all tastes), such a unique spin on age old narrative tropesdeserves recognition and plaudits from all capable of stomach thematerial, both in terms of jarring violence and troublesomely complexthematic and philosophical overtones.

    Being such a human drama centered piece, without the right cast, thelow budget and static location of McDonald's film may have started tofragment, but thankfully the collection of primarily new actors provemore than up for the job. Perpetually underrated character actorStephen McHattie shines in a rare lead role, giving a remarkablybalanced performance as sardonic radio broadcaster Grant Mazzy.Showcasing both a deliciously dry comedic deadpan and potential forraw, dramatic charisma, McHattie deftly carries both the light and darkaspects of the film with ease. Lisa Houle gives an impressivelymeasured performance as Mazzy's harried co-worker, managing to defy'damsel in distress' stereotypes by being a fully capable andindependent individual, yet with an appealing vulnerability equallydriving home the credibility of her character. Georgina Reilly is apowerfully commanding presence in a far too brief role, similarlyessaying a fully convincing human being forced to succumb to petrifyingcircumstances. And Hrant Alianak is a delightfully bizarre presence asa quirky doctor who may or may not possess crucial informationregarding the viral outbreak.

    Easily worth seeing for its unconventional blending of theintellectually complex, chillingly horrifying and bleakly humorous,Pontypool achieves a cinematic gut punch, delivering a reaction unlikemost contemporaries and certainly proving far more memorable. Whilecertainly not an appropriate initiation for those unfamiliar withzombie horror, the film's unique hybridity and visceral emotionaleffect is sure to both sate and fascinate fans of the genre, makingPontypool near indispensable viewing.


  5. constantgardner from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:53 pm

    My husband and I watched this last night. Excellent movie. Well doneand I imagine the costs of filming were not that great and this shouldsmack some other movie makers as the thing to do. Scary. Suspenseful.Thought provoking. We really enjoyed it and it was not predictable. Besure to watch past the credits. As usual, another independent filmoutweighs the crap put out in the mainstream. And, maybe there is alsoa lesson that good acting can be more important than expensive sets,props and special effects. And, amazingly, no shameless plugs foradvertising. No hidden political agendas. There was no needless actionor violence. There was no need for gratuitous and pointless sex scenesto keep audience interest.

  6. Brian BarrSinister (Sovereign_x2000@yahoo.com) from Detroit, MI
    30 Mar 2012, 7:53 pm

    Pontypool was an amazing film for a number of reasons.The story pays arespectful homage to horror greats like Night of the Living Dead and 28Days later without ever becoming cliché. The approach to the mass"infection" was something that I never saw coming. The acting wasexcellent and I got the genuine impression I was listening to talk/newsradio. The authenticity of the radio broadcast and culminating eventswere enough to actually draw me into the anxiety that the charactersfelt,which says a lot considering the 2-dimensional feel of themajority of movies I have seen as of late. I highly recommend thismovie to any real sci-fi/horror fan that is fed up with the standardfair.Also, watch the final frames after the credits! Great job. 10/10

  7. rpvanderlinden from Toronto, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 7:53 pm

    I don't often walk away from a movie and say, "Wow! That was reallysomething!" With this movie I enjoyed just letting go and being takenfor a ride. "Pontypool" is a zombie flick, but one that is unique,original, thoughtful, macabre, and utterly scary. And, my fellowCanucks, it is Canadian.

    "Pontypool" belongs to the "less-is-more" school of horror film-making,meaning that you're more likely to scare an audience by suggestion andcareful, skilled film-making than by showing all the strings of salivaand bloody entrails. In "Pontypool" the horror is communicated verballyinside a radio-station from outside, then re-communicated back outside,with a little something added or a little something taken away in thetranslation. Spreading the word, re-working the word. By the time theso-called zombies reach the church building (where the station islocated) in the second half of the film you're almost shaking withdread.

    Stephen McHattie's Grant Mazzy is a garrulous aging rebel, the newtalk-show host on this particular morning and Lisa Houle is theby-the-book producer trying to rein him in. Then there is the assistant(Georgina Reilly), an Afghan vet. As the day progresses they try todecipher what's going on outside. Their man in the field is in the newshelicopter, which is fiscally ridiculous until you discover that the"helicopter" is a car on a hill – with sound effects. Even the BBCenters the picture (what? not CNN?). The movie is wall-to-walldialogue, and, you know – I didn't even notice! Some things Iparticularly liked. At one point Grant Mazzie has a mental breakdown.He succumbs to out-and-out paranoia – the kind of paranoia where thefloor seems to drop out from underneath you and you have nothing tohold onto. He fears that somebody's pulling his leg. This is all anelaborate hoax at his expense. C'mon – zombies? And this hurting, proudman becomes very angry. This scene feels so right, and McHattie nailsit. The spatial layout of the studio becomes an important element inthe story, with the sound booth an island of safety in a vast unknown.And when that safety is breached just the simple act of crossing thatbig, empty space seems fraught with peril.

    The revelation of what the virus infecting people was made me grin fromear to ear. The film had me, up to that point, but now it REALLY hadme. The revelation made sense, given all the previous events, and theactors tore into the idea, so to speak, with enthusiasm. The market issaturated with zombie movies, most of them disposable, but "Pontypool"takes a great idea and runs with it. You willingly want to giveyourself to it. It's also a reminder of what a low budget, dedicationand talent can achieve.

  8. ILostMyNameCanIHaveYours from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:53 pm

    Pontypool is one of the few horror movie that used a little creativityand proves you don't need a high budget to a make horror film. Thestory circles around a local radio station and its crew of threepeople. As the day moves on they slowly start to here reports ofviolence happening all over the region. This includes riots, peoplekilling each other and intervention from the Canadian Government. Soonthey find themselves hiding in the station from the horror out sidethey are reporting. If that was not bad enough, they can't figurewhat's going on. Pontypool takes a very different and more effectiveway at trying to scare its audience. Most western horror these daysseem to mainly focus on jump scares or brutal kill scenes alone.Pontypool on the other hand gives a few vague descriptions on what'sactually going on out there. For most of the movie you really are justlistening to a broadcast and testimonies of eye witness. This leavesthe viewer having his own imagination working against him for a bigchunk of the film. For me this was the most strongest for the firsthalf of the film when we don't know what's causing the hysteria. Iactually only have one real complaint which I felt the ending couldhave been better. I didn't hate the ending it just feels kind of weakcompared to what we see earlier. I would go into more detail but thatwould results in some spoilers.

    Overall it's a fun creepy horror movie that could be enjoyable forHalloween. I give it a few extra points for what they were able to pulloff on a low budget and for an interesting experiment in horror.

    Thats why I give this radio broadcast from hell an 8 out of 10.

  9. bobjohnson994 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:53 pm

    For a better understanding of this movie, search for this video onYoutube: Dan Dennett: Ants, terrorism, and the awesome power of memes.

    Memes are like concepts that travel from one brain to another. They areviral, like a song you can't get out of your head, or if you say "don'tthink of elephants" you immediately cannot help but think of one. Aword is a meme that can be spoken.

    Humans are meant to survive, yet memes are so powerful they can causeus to threaten our own survival. Here are some memes people are willingto die for: Country, family, democracy, capitalism, socialism, Jesus,allah, individual rights, Jim Jones, love, etc.

    Memes "infect" our minds, and the fittest memes survive. We used tohave thousands of religions, now we are down to perhaps 6 major ones.Most songs only last a short while on the radio and are never heardagain. Others survive and outlast the others "Love Me Tender" by ElvisPresley, that any of you could sing right now, yet it was written morethan 50 years ago. Understanding what memes are makes this movie evenmore scary and intriguing.

    Rock that video mentioned above.

  10. McQualude from North Carolina
    30 Mar 2012, 7:53 pm

    I really, really, hate to give anything away but many people seem to bemissing the obvious… that words hold power, they are infectious andcan lead to unintended consequences. Stephen McHattie steals the showas the cowboy hat wearing radio talk show host Grant Mazzy. Mazzy wasrecently fired from his real gig and is now the morning show in thesmall town of Pontypool. Between reports of school closings and trafficreports, Mazzy tries to provoke (wake up) his audience with chargedlanguage but Mazzy is about to learn that words have consequences.First he offends his producer and a casual joke turns out not to befunny when it hits too close to home. Then reports of mob violencestart flooding the station. As the bloodshed escalates and threatensMazzy and his morning crew they slowly learn the true nature of thethreat and the power of their own words. Pontypool holds relevantlessons for us all. There is some blood and mild gore but the reallyscary part is how many Pontypool type zombies are already among us.

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