When a deadly virus breaks out in a small Ontario town, it falls to local radio DJ Grant Mazzy to determine the cause and find the cure. Loosely based on Tony Burgess’ novel Pontypool Changes Everything and featuring a charismatic central performance by Stephen McHattie (Watchmen), this ingenious twist on the classic zombie theme pulls no punches, delivering the requisite genre shocks and horrors whilst maintaining a wicked sense of humour throughout. —Edinburgh International Film Festival
Bruce McDonald (born May 28, 1959) is a Canadian film and television director. McDonald was born in Kingston, Ontario. He graduated from the film program at Ryerson University. His first movie was The Plunge Murderer, followed by a feature-length zombie flick, Our Glorious Dead, made with his grandfather’s super-8 camera and shot on location at his Rexdale, Ontario high school, North Albion Collegiate. The film premiered in the school cafeteria and made $100.
His more successful feature films have included Let Me See(…), Knock Knock, Roadkill (1989), Highway 61 (1991), for which he won Best Director at the highly regarded San Sebastián International Film Festival, Dance Me Outside (1994), Hard Core Logo (1996) and Picture Claire (2001). Roadkill won most Outstanding Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival and Hard Core Logo has been frequently ranked amongst the greatest movies ever to come out of Canada. McDonald earned some notoriety when he quipped, while… read more
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"Pontypool. Pontypool. Ponty-pool." It's such a pleasure to discover a film like director Bruce MacDonald and writer Tony Burgess's Pontypool
Now this is an unusal approach to your regular infected/zombie fair. The setting of this film is aptly claustrophobic and surprisingly enough, it never derails into a zombie showdown with hands and… read review
I don’t want to suggest that there is nothing interesting or worthwhile about this film, but I am not sure how good I think it is. (In other words, I found myself going “pretentious?” a few times… read review
“Pontypool” is a movie that holds a very special place in my heart. I had the very good fortune of seeing it at the Edinburgh International Film Festival last summer, almost by chance, during a Study… read review