anna and the apocalypse release date

Finally, the Christmas-themed zombie musical you’ve been waiting for has a release date. Anna and the Apocalypse will sing and dance its way into theaters this December.

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anna and the apocalypse review

Anna and the Apocalypse was one of the most delightful movies I saw in 2017 and now it will be one of the most delightful movies more people will get to see in 2018. The film, a Christmas musical set during the zombie apocalypse, has been picked up by Orion for a 2018 release and a certain breed of move fan will soon have a new holiday favorite to break out every December.

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anna and the apocalypse trailer

Every year, every film festival, some World Premiere comes out of nowhere to reveal itself as “the next big thing.” At this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, that title was Anna and The Apocalypse. This film is director John McPhail’s – wait for it – Scottish, Christmas-themed horror musical about coming of age during the zombie apocalypse. High School Musical meets Shaun of the Dead with a dash of Footloose. Sound fun? This is going to be a new winter rewatch tradition for the jolliest of genre fans.

We were able to find a little time amidst the chaos of Fantastic Fest to chat with McPhail about his sing-songy doomsday treat, along with actress Ella Hunt, actor Malcolm Cumming, actress/choreographer Sarah Swire, and actor Christopher Leveaux. Here’s what the whole crew had to say about musical zombie kills, cinematic influences and – as an added bit of fun – what horror movies they’d love to turn into a musicals next.

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anna and the apocalypse review

As a Scottish zombie Christmas musical comedy, Anna and the Apocalypse sounds like a joke. And for a little while, it feels like one.

Conceived as a High School Musical riff where the shambling undead arrive to wreak havoc on a more trivial teen movie, director John McPhail‘s film leans hard into comedy and irony in its first act. But like the 21st century’s greatest horror comedy (Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead), the film finds its voice and its soul when it drops the wink and becomes a fully realized musical horror movie with actual stakes…and the nerve to literally tear its lovable cast to pieces.

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anna and the apocalypse trailer

Zombies and comedies go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Christmas and musicals go together like peppermint and, well, chocolate. But what happens when you take all of those seemingly disparate elements and cram them together into a single movie? You get the new zombie comedy Christmas musical Anna and the Apocalypse, which features characters singing and dancing their way through an undead uprising during the holiday season.

Yes, movie is real. And yes, you can watch the Anna and the Apocalypse trailer right now.

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