anna and the apocalypse

Director: john mcphail (where do we go from here?)

Starring: ella hunt, malcolm cumming, sarah swire, and christopher leveaux

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★

Its Christmas time in the sleepy village of Little Haven and a zombie apocalypse has begun...

When you think zombie movie you may think "Well, I've seen it all before. Have you seen a Christmas zombie musical? Thought not. Strap yourselves in. 

A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.

Anna and the Apocalypse is fun and to a certain extent it follows in the hallowed footsteps of Shaun of the Dead - a dead (sorry about that) pan comedy about a zombie attack. But instead of it centring around a couple of losers trying to survive a zombie onslaught like in the the aforementioned movie, Anna and the Apocalypse follows Anna and her school mates trying to escape zombies instead. 

Its similar because the comedy is dead pan kinda slap stick. What makes it different from all other zombie movies I've ever seen is that there are musical numbers throughout. Yes. Musical numbers. 

Now this aspect of the film would have worked really well if they had kept to the already established comedic tones during their big musical numbers instead of resorting to more semi serious teen pop songs. 

A fun take on a genre that has already been thrashed to within an inch of its life but doesn't quite pull off the musical component of the film. 

★★★

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Anna and the Apocalypse is available on DVD and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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