‘Tis the season to go full zombie either by booze or festive food fillings to allow your brain to hibernate through the foreseeable awkward family encounters. You should at this point have been revisiting the evergreen selection of horror films set during December. In the shape of the ghost of Christmas future, Anna and the Apocalypse was served up to high praise at this year’s Fantastic Fest. The zombie musical taking place during the most wonderful time of year is one we think will be added to your seasonal staple for years to come. Below are some moments from the teaser trailer that dropped back in September. Here’s hoping that Christmas 2018 will have some undead delights waiting under the mistletoe.
“When a zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven, Anna and her high school pals must fight, sing and slash their way to survival. Teaming with her best friend John, Anna and her crew try to save family and faculty alike as they encounter zombified snowmen, a manic bachelor party and teenage hormones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and the only people they can truly rely on are each other.”
Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) stars in the title role alongside Mark Benton (ITV drama The Halcyon) and Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones). The cast also includes up-and-comers Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins and Marli Siu.
Ryan McHenry, who wrote and directed the 2010 short film “Zombie Musical” upon which it is based, wrote the original script (with Alan McDonald) and was due to direct the feature, but he sadly died of cancer back in 2015. Directing duties were taken on by John McPhail, director of 2016 rom-com Where Do We Go From Here.