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Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

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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.

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John McPhail
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ella Hunt ... Anna Shepherd
Malcolm Cumming ... John
Sarah Swire ... Steph North
Christopher Leveaux ... Chris Wise
Marli Siu ... Lisa
Ben Wiggins ... Nick
Mark Benton ... Tony Shepherd
Paul Kaye ... Arthur Savage
Sean Connor Sean Connor ... Graham
John Winchester John Winchester ... Tibbsy
Euan Bennet ... Jake
Ella Jarvis ... Katie
Myfanwy Morgan Myfanwy Morgan ... Penguin Student 1
John McGeachie John McGeachie ... Penguin Student 2
Janet Lawson Janet Lawson ... Mrs. Hinzmann
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When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - teenager Anna and her high school friends have to fight, sing and dance to survive, with the undead horde all around them. Teaming up with her best friend John, Anna has to fight her way through zombified snowmen, Santas, elves and Christmas shoppers to get across town to the high school, where they'll be safe. But they soon discover that being a teenager is just as difficult as staying alive, even at the end of the world.

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A Zombie Christmas Musical See more »


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Rated R for zombie violence and gore, language, and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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UK

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English

Release Date:

30 November 2018 (UK) See more »

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Anna and the Apocalypse See more »

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Port Glasgow, Scotland, UK See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$52,588, 2 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$545,597
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2.39 : 1
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Many in the cast, including its stars, saw the film for the first time at the film's premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin Texas. See more »

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Anna Shepherd: On Dasher, on Dancer on... the other ones?
John: Firebolt? No... that's Harry Potter's broom.
Anna Shepherd: Oh no. We can't hang out anymore. You're too sad. You've hit like, peak sad.
John: They were a very popular series of books.
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Katharine Turner, co-author See more »

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Remake of Zombie Musical (2011) See more »

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holiday midnight madness
7 December 2018 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. It's this time of year when the slew of ultra-heavy dramatic Oscar hopefuls fill the movie-watching schedule, so this zany little flick is a welcome diversion ... despite, or perhaps due to, defying traditional movie genres. An accurate description would be 'Zombie Apocalypse Christmas Musical Comedy', though that's likely to draw in fewer viewers than it frightens off.

Beginning like many teen flicks, we meet the teenagers who each believes they are the center of the universe, and during this opening act, we only get a single fake zombie tease (but it's a good one). Anna (Ella Hunt) is a high school senior preparing to take a year and travel to Australia - against the wishes of her protective widower dad (Mark Benton). Anna constantly hangs out with her friend-zone buddy John (Malcolm Cumming), whether at school or at the bowling alley where they both work. Their friends are lovebirds Chris (Christopher Leveaux) and Lisa (Marli Siu), and Steph (Sarah Swire) the American-social activist- recently dumped lesbian who is an outsider to both her peers and the tyrannical school principal Savage (Paul Kaye).

Ms. Siu takes center stage at the school's Christmas production and beautifully performs one of the more double-entendre laden Santa songs you've likely ever heard. The other musical highlight occurs the next morning as Anna and John skip off to school blissfully unaware of the carnage occurring all around them ... a nice statement on how teenagers view the world. What follows are some gruesome and creative zombie kills, especially those featuring a snowman and the bowling alley. The jokes, pop songs and grizzly kills keep things zipping along as the teenagers try to save themselves and their loved ones, although when the school Principal veers towards maniacal psychopath, he becomes a bit of a distraction.

Ryan McHenry passed away in 2015, and his 2011 short film ZOMBIE MUSICAL has been adapted to feature length by director John McPhail and writer Alan McDonald. The songs are co-written by Tommy Reilly and Roddy Hart, and the result is a delightfully entertaining movie that will likely find a long shelf-life in the midnight slot for many holiday seasons to come. It likely would have benefited from another song or two, and remains an oddball mash-up of "Glee", HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, SWEENEY TODD, and SHAUN OF THE DEAD. The film certainly deserves bonus points for creativity, and just keep in mind those footsteps on the roof might not be Santa. You best be prepared to sing and swing a candy cane, as there are no Hollywood endings.


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