Pontypool (2008 film)

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"Pontypool changes everything." A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.


  • Release Date: 2008
  • Country/Language: Canada, English and French and Armenian with subtitles
  • Genres/Technical: Horror ("zombie movie"), Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller
  • Runtime: 1 hr 33 min
  • Starring: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly
  • Director: Bruce McDonald
  • Writer: Tony Burgess (novel and screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Ponty Up Pictures, Shadow Shows
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps PG-13 for Violence, Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Y.Whateley: "It's hard for me to put a finger on anything in this film that I could say is especially 'Lovecraftian', and viewers who have suggested this film to me as such seem to have a similarly difficult time explaining exactly what about it reminds them of Lovecraft, beyond something in the film's atmosphere, gloomy ending, and the film's portrayal of the power of language to shake reality and sanity."

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

When radio talk show host Grant Mazzy 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 "conversationalist" 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.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • Based on the Tony Burgess novel, Pontypool Changes Everything.
  • The film's story was partly inspired by Orson Wells' radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, which infamously started a panic when listeners believed the broadcast's fictional alien invasion story was a real news report.
  • According to the director: "There are three stages to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it's words that are terms of endearment, like 'sweetheart' or 'honey'. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can't express yourself properly. The third stage is that you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out of the situation, you feel as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person...."

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