Fantastic Fest Movie Review: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE is a Pure Delight
Just when you think the zombie genre has worn out its welcome, a little movie from Scotland called Anna and the Apocalypse comes along to shatter your preconceived notions of what a zombie film can be.
Anna and the Apocalypse tells the tale of high school senior Anna and her group of friends as they navigate their small town of Little Haven during a zombie outbreak. It's also a Christmas-themed high school musical/horror/comedy. This genre blend does not sound like it should possibly work. Indeed, Dead and Breakfast, the last zombie movie that tried to attempt musical numbers, fell flat despite a talented cast including Jeffrey Dean Morgan and David Carradine. Here, however, Anna and the Apocalypse is a revelation. The songs are great, the acting is top-notch, the film is actually funny, and also never forgets that it is first and foremost a zombie film.
The best zombie films remember that human drama comes first and that often times the crimes of humanity are far scarier than the reanimated corpses. Anna and the Apocalypse takes this to heart and creates a film that uses its music to heighten the audiences emotional investment in the characters and has the biggest heart and emotionality for a film of its ilk since Shaun of the Dead.
Be sure to check out Anna and the Apocalypse when it finds its way to theaters. It's the Christmas high school musical zombie horror comedy you never knew you needed.