Fright Club: Pontypool (2009)

Director: Bruce McDonald Run Time: 96 min. Release Year: 2009

Starring: Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak, Lisa Houle, Rick Roberts, Stephen McHattie

Country: English, French
Language: Canada

Before the screening, join us at 6:00pm for a happy hour with fellow horror movie lovers, then at 7:00pm for the live recording of the Fright Club podcast hosted by George Wolf and Hope Madden.

About the film:

Selected as one of 2008’s top 10 best Canadian films by the Toronto International Film Festival.

When disc jockey 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 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.

“Proof the genre can still be cool”

– Kim Newman for Empire

About the filmmaker:

One of the leading figures of Toronto New Wave in the 1980s, director, writer and producer Bruce McDonald’s projects range from mockumentaries to horror and often focus on alternative culture and rock and roll. In 1989, he delivered his feature debut Roadkillthe first of an award-winning trilogy of road movies including Highway 61 and Hard Core Logo. His other acclaimed films include The Tracey Fragments, Trigger, and Weirdos.

Pontypool – adapted by Tony Burgess from his novel “Pontypool Changes Everything” – was inspired by Orson Welles’s 1938 radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds”.

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