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.
ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE
by Ashley Hobley
Anna and the Apocalypse calls itself a “Christmas Zombie Musical”, a combination I didn’t know I wanted until I did a Reacts video for the trailer with Dylan. While its pitch might get people to watch it, the film is good enough to make sure people won’t think of it as just a gimmick movie.
Anna (Ella Hunt) is just a regular high school girl, with her biggest problems being her dad (Mark Benton) just finding out her plan to take a gap year to travel around Australia and a crush on the school bad boy, Nick (Ben Wiggins). Then the zombie apocalypse happens, and Anna and friends have to travel from the bowling alley they’re hiding in, to their school to rescue her father and other friends.
Ultimately, if you have seen a zombie movie before who’ll know where this film is going. There are only a handful of moments I didn’t expect or felt I’d seen before, which is alright because of the film’s original take on the genre. Anna and her core group of friends are all very likeable, even if a couple of them start off acting a little overly odd. Ella Hunt is given a lot to do as the lead: singing, dancing, fighting, funny moments, emotional moments and combinations of them all. She does a fantastic job and may well be one to watch for the future. Paul Kaye’s performance as Arthur Savage, the controlling Headmaster-in-waiting, is the highlight of the film as he revels in his role as the antagonist. I never really warmed to Nick, even though the film tried very hard to make me like or sympathise with him. Also, they never wash the zombie blood off their faces which seems weird and unhygienic even if it gives them (particularly Anna) a cool, iconic look.