Anna and the Apocalypse

Model: 94931SDG

SKU: 360068 Product ID: 901176

Format ‐ DVD

Genre ‐ Musical

Rating ‐ MA15+

Consumer Advice ‐ Strong comedic violence, blood and gore

Release Date ‐ 06/03/19

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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.


    Director - John McPhail

    Actors - Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire

    Film Genre - Musical

    Label - Madman Entertainment

    Region Coding - 4

    TV Standard - PAL

    Rating - MA15+

    Consumer Advice - Strong comedic violence, blood and gore

    Year of Release - 2018

    Primary Format - Movies/TV - DVD


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny, entertaining blend of genres. A one-joke premise is handled with unexpected skill by a talented crew, further bolstered by a very likeable cast and some clever, catchy songs. An expansion of the 2011 short film Zombie Musical by the late Ryan McHenry (who achieved online fame with his hilarious ‘Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal’ clips), director John McPhail (Where Do We Go From Here?) and co-writer Alan McDonald manage the tricky feat of building on the idea initially presented by McHenry (who still gets a co-screenplay credit), without the added details feeling superfluous or hollow. The characters are given just enough shading for the cast to effectively work from, and the youthful actors all deliver well-above what was expected. Ella Hunt as the resourceful Anna, Malcolm Cumming as her nerdy, would-be boyfriend John, Sarah Swire as the outcast Steph, Marli Siu as the relentlessly upbeat Lisa, and Christopher Leveaux as her tech-obsessed beau Chris, are utterly charming, and share wonderful chemistry together. The songs are woven into the story surprisingly well, with the lyrics suitably commenting on character mindsets (the strict headmaster’s number seems inspired by Sid Vicious’ uneven warbling), and as already stated, are quite catchy, indicating that real inspiration has gone into their creation. Well-crafted on a small budget, Anna And The Apocalypse is great fun, and would make a terrific double bill with Gregg Bishop’s under-rated 2008 zombie horror/comedy Dance Of The Dead.
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Little Film That Could This is the zombie apocalypse christmas musical we didn't realise we needed. I knew nothing about this film when I purchased it but something about the cover peaked my interest and I'm so glad it did, this a little English movie made on a shoe string budget with a virtually unknown cast and it's a delight from start to finish. I've since seen it refered to as "Sean of the Dead meets La La Land" and that's a very apt description, it owes so much of it's comic stylings and zombie kills to Sean and once you've seen it 2 or 3 times good luck getting the musical numbers out of your head. I'm not a fan of zombie movies I think like vampires they've been done to death (no pun intended) but this is such a breath of fresh air, I can't recommend this highly enough.
Date published: 2019-05-11
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