96 mins | Literature | Music, Media & Arts | Offbeat Cinema |
Provincial Ratings
Nova Scotia14A
New Brunswick14A
British ColumbiaPG
Northwest Territories14A

Director: Bruce McDonald

Writer(s): Tony Burgess

Star(s): Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak


Grant Mazzy (McHattie) is a big-city shock radio DJ who has lost his job and moves to the small Ontario town of Pontypool, where he frustrates his new station manager, Sydney (Houle).

Nothing ever happens in Pontypool, so when Mazzy arrives at the station to start his show one wintry morning, he and his team are surprised by strange reports from town.

The station’s tiny crew f ind themselves holed up in their church basement studio, trying to piece together what’s happening outside as disturbing details pour in. Callers are making very little sense, and it seems like the English language itself is infected with a strange virus.

“McDonald knows it’s the things you don’t see, but only imagine, that best chill the blood.” — Peter Howell, Toronto Star

  • Staff Pick

About the Director

Bruce McDonald

McDonald directed the cult hits Highway 61, Pontypool, Roadkill, Hard Core Logo and The Tracey Fragments, starring Ellen Page. For TV, he directed the award-winning series Twitch City, and episodes of Degrassi and Heartland. His recent films include Trigger, The Husband, Hellions and 2016’s Weirdos. He is currently directing the short film Ashram ’69.


Lesson Plans Available for this title:
  • English - 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Media - 9, 10, 11, 12

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