McDonald horror flick comes to Western Film

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

A scene from Pontypool

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IT’S FIVE O’CLOCK AND I AM OUTTA HERE! A free screening of Bruce McDonald’s Pontypool will be shown at Western Film on Monday night at 7 p.m.

With his new film, Canadian director Bruce McDonald (Hardcore Logo, Highway 61) proves that zombie epidemics can happen in small towns north of the border, too.

In Pontypool, Stephen McHattie (Seinfeld, Watchmen) plays a talk-radio DJ in the small town of Pontypool, Ontario who learns about a mob of carnivorous citizens terrorizing the town.

From the claustrophobic confines of the radio station, he and his co-workers slowly unravel this mysterious phenomenon, which, most bizarrely of all, seems to be spread through speech.

This Monday at 7 p.m. Western Film and Maple Pictures are presenting a free preview screening of the film in the McKellar Room of the University Community Centre.

Though McDonald was originally scheduled to make an appearance at the screening, Western Film coordinator James Waite explained the acclaimed director was, unfortunately, forced to cancel.

This film, which was shown at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, represents McDonald’s first foray into directing a horror film. The TIFF website calls the film, “an avant-garde genre movie that’s both thought-provoking and creepy.”

At the festival, McDonald said that thanks to the film’s radio station setting it was the fastest film project he’s ever put together. He also claimed it would be the first installment of a Pontypool trilogy.

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