Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)
December 13, 2018 9:34 AM - Subscribe

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.

Zom-Rom-Com shot in Scotland. Oh yeah, and it's a Christmas musical.
posted by larrybob (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I enjoyed the movie, and it definitely has a couple of standout songs - "(No Such Thing as a) Hollywood Ending" and the saucy, double-entendre-packed holiday tune "It's That Time Of Year." I could have done with a bit less auto-tune, though. The lesbian character is just a supporting role (played by Sarah Swire, who also did choreography.) The headmaster was played with gurning glee by Paul Kaye, who reminded me at times of Jarvis Cocker.
posted by larrybob at 9:44 AM on December 13, 2018

While Hollywood Ending is a fine song, I feel the need to mention the best song in the movie, and possible the best song in any movie this year: Fish Wrap, mother flipper.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 1:32 PM on December 13, 2018 [3 favorites]

I saw this this afternoon. I like it, which isn't surprising given that comedy/horror is one of my favorite sub-genres.
posted by Tabitha Someday at 7:27 PM on December 16, 2018

I feel like this accomplishes each aspect of itself (musical, comedy, zombie movie, Christmas movie) at a level that's just above average, which when you think about how it could have gone with variants like those, is actually pretty remarkable. While actually watching the movie the songs struck me as not much better than just fine (other than maybe "It's that Time Of Year" which was pretty hilarious in the context of the movie) but not terribly remarkable...However I did pull up the soundtrack to listen to on the train home, and have listened through it about 4 times since then so it actually must be better than I'd originally been giving it credit for.

Ella Hunt was an appealing lead, but I think Sarah Swire was the real MVP...Two of my biggest laughs were 1) the old woman zombie sitting on the inflatable tub and pissing over Steph's head, and 2) Steph wordlessly, frantically miming "Crawl out!" to Chris and Lisa. And of course: "Boom! Saved your life."
posted by doctornecessiter at 7:04 AM on December 19, 2018 [1 favorite]

I think it definitely helps to rewatch, a lot of the pre-show stuff worked better once I had a better understanding of the characters and their relationships.

posted by ckape at 8:21 PM on December 16, 2019

I rewatched it recently, and while I was a little concerned for the state of my memory after only having seen it a year before, I did enjoy it again.
posted by larrybob at 10:28 AM on December 17, 2019

I saw this today. I remembered that this existed and that I'd meant to see it, and it was exactly what I hoped it would be. Much major-key high school musical numbers, scenery chewing, zombie chewing, and a bonus queer girl working the Draco Malfoy look.
posted by rmd1023 at 3:29 PM on July 26, 2020

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