Anna and the Apocalypse

Anna and the Apocalypse

(2017)

Slaying it this Christmas.

When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - teenager Anna (Ella Hunt, The More You Ignore Me) 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 (Malcolm Cumming), 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.

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This zombie musical Christmas movie is comprised of many cool elements, but sadly, none of them are done very well. It bounces along with a charming energy that's hard not to get swept up in at times, and I dig how weird it all is, but I wish its many shortcomings weren't so glaring. It's not funny enough, not bloody enough, and definitely not clever enough to really nail what it's going for.... More

Some of the original song and dance routines feature impressive choreography, but the music often veers into eye-roll territory. While this isn't the first zombie musical, there's still a novelty factor–albeit short-lived.

When the zombies start eating people and chaos reigns, there's a musical number following a main character leaving home and venturing through the streets while completely oblivious to the carnage going on around them. It's undeniably similar to Shaun of the Dead, and nowhere near as good. For a film with a solid amount of originality, that was disappointing.

While it's not trying to be a gore fest, it still would’ve been nice to see a bit more effort employed with the splatter. Around 90% of the zombies killed are dispatched with a blunt object that just means the actor jerks their head away and spits out blood when it's swung at them. Meh.

The biggest problem, however, is bad humour. The whole movie would be a hell of a lot more enjoyable if more of the gags landed. If you want to see a Christmas movie this silly season that has blood and swearing in it, this will do the trick. I really wanted to like this and I'm sure it'll click better for some viewers, but it elicited more cringes than laughs for me, unfortunately.Hide


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  • Slick and stylish, with moments of gore that are played for gross-out and laughs in equal measure. You will hum along, you will tap your toes, if you're a big softy like me, you'll cry, but you will definitely have a great time. Full Review

  • McPhail, director of the care home-set comedy drama Where Do We Go From Here?, carries off a tricky mix of elements with brio. Full Review

  • "Anna" registers as more than just a throwaway novelty item thanks to simple yet highly effective emotional underpinnings. Full Review

  • ...a zom com that attempts to gnaw on something a little different. Full Review

  • Like some features that originated as short movies, "Anna and the Apocalypse" never earns its longer running time. Full Review

  • Here's the holiday musical you're looking for - if, say, you like a splash of gore and a parade of flesh-eating zombies between musical numbers. Eat your heart out, Mary Poppins! Full Review

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