Anna & The Apocalypse

ANNA & THE APOCALYPSE (12)

D: John McPhail

Orion/Vertigo/Blazing Griffin/Parkhouse/Constellation/Creative Scotland (Naysun Alae-Carew, Nicholas Crum & Tracy Jarvis)

UK 🇬🇧 2017 (released 2018)

 92 mins


Comedy/Musical/Horror


W: Alan McDonald & Ryan McHenry

DP: Sara Deane

Ed: Mark Hermida

Mus: Roddy Hart & Tommy Reilly



Ella Hunt (Anna), Malcolm Cumming (John), Sarah Swire (Steph), Christopher Leveaux (Chris), Ben Wiggins (Nick), Marli Siu (Lisa), Paul Kaye (Headmaster Savage)


I'll be the first to admit that this isn't a film for an audience like me... the trouble is, I have no idea who it's meant to appeal to. The marketing promotes it as a Zombie Christmas Musical, which may tell you all you need to know

Perhaps it's my fault for expecting something more along the lines of a teenage version of Shaun Of The Dead, where it's more like an episode of Glee... with zombies. Unfortunately, the first song was nearly enough for me to switch off, warbled by Ella Hunt, who plays an entitled teenager going about her usual business at a school in Scotland when a plague of undead creatures attack. She sticks out like a sore thumb in this though, clearly cast for her singing ability since she's the only member of the cast not to have a Scottish accent.

Perhaps it's a film you'll enjoy if you care for the songs. I didn't. They were all far too twee and didn't fit in at all with the horror themes of the plot, and overall the entire project just thrown together by a bunch of GCSE drama students. A horrific movie, for all the wrong reasons.

4/10


Ella Hunt in Anna & The Apocalypse
Ella Hunt in Anna & The Apocalypse
Did You Know:
During the scene when Lisa sings her song at the school's Christmas concert, the man seen playing keyboard is Tommy Reilly, who co-wrote the music for the film.

Award Wins & Nominations:


MILSTEAD MOVIE AWARDS:

Wins: none

Nominations: none

Worst of the Year: 1 nomination (Worst Original Song)


OSCARS:

Wins: none

Nominations: none


BAFTAS

Wins: none

Nominations: none


OTHER WINS:

CinEuphoria Award (Best Supporting Actor)