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.

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John McPhail
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ella Hunt ... Anna Shepherd
Malcolm Cumming ... John
Sarah Swire ... Steph North
Christopher Leveaux Christopher Leveaux ... Chris Wise
Marli Siu ... Lisa
Ben Wiggins ... Nick
Mark Benton ... Tony Shepherd
Paul Kaye ... Arthur Savage
Sean Connor ... Graham
John Winchester John Winchester ... Tibbsy
Euan Bennet ... Jake
Ella Jarvis ... Katie
Myfanwy Morgan Myfanwy Morgan ... Penguin Student 1
John McGeachie John McGeachie ... Penguin Student 2
Janet Lawson Janet Lawson ... Mrs. Hinzmann
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Storyline

When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - teenager Anna 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, 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. But they soon discover that being a teenager is just as difficult as staying alive, even at the end of the world.

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Taglines:

She'll Slash. She'll Stab. She'll Sing. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for zombie violence and gore, language, and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Debuted at the 2017 Fantastic Fest film festival in Austin, Texas, September 22 2017. See more »

Quotes

Chris Wise: Oh no.
John: What?
Chris Wise: Justin Bieber is a zombie!
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Barry Waldo, co-author See more »

Alternate Versions

The extended cut (included on the UK Blu-ray) runs 10 minutes longer. See more »

Connections

References Anna and the King (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Human Voice
Music and Lyrics by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly
Performed by Christopher Leveaux, Sarah Swire, Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Marli Siu & Mark Benton
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A very likable bit of comedy-horror-musical nonsense
1 July 2018 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

If you have been waiting some time for a horror-musical-teen-comedy-Christmas-movie, then it has to be said the wait is over. Anna and the Apocalypse boldly goes there. It centres on a group of teens who find themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Why is there a zombie apocalypse? Not important. But it is a good excuse for some serious genre mash-up action. I am not necessarily a natural audience for this kind of thing but I would say you would need to be being a bit overly harsh not coming away from this one with some positive feelings. It is a very likable film with some ambition to do something new.

The star of the show here for me was certainly the very beautiful Ella Hunt, who plays the title character. Clearly a performer with some definite star quality and versatility and one for the future hopefully. The rest of the cast are good too it has to be said, and it was nice seeing old Dennis Pennis himself, Paul Kaye, appear as an unhinged headmaster. It has to be said that the comedy is a bit uneven to say the least, although there are some good jokes sprinkled throughout about evacuation selfies, Justin Bieber and all the rest of it but I found it only sporadically funny if I am honest. The horror side of the fence is covered with the usual zombie violence which is visceral and creative enough to keep us interested. The songs were actually quite a welcome injection, as it was with those that the film was at its most distinctive. And also, quite pleasingly, things are not rounded off with a Hollywood ending either, which I thought was the right way to go for this kind of thing.

On the whole, while this is definitely a bit hit and miss, I commend it for its ambition and fun-factor. When a film has the good grace to at least try something new, it deserves a chance and I wish it the very best.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anna and the Apocalypse See more »

Filming Locations:

Port Glasgow, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,588, 2 December 2018

Gross USA:

$545,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$673,523
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Runtime:

| (Festival Cut) | (original)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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