Anna and the Apocalypse

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John McPhail
Run Time: 
93 mins
Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire
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Teenage Anna's life is typical enough. Chafing against the narrow horizons of her small town, she dreams of bigger things. It's not so much that she doesn't love her friends and family — she does — it's just that they're all so... familiar. So typical. So predictable. Her childhood best friend aches for a romance that she has no interest in, no matter how close they might be. The school jock that she had a fling with is proving to be disappointingly predictable in his behavior. And it's becoming progressively harder for Anna to conceal her disappointment with just how satisfied her widower-father is with the blue collar simplicity of his never-changing existence. And then it all goes to shit.

The night of the high school Christmas concert marks the arrival of the undead in Anna's small town. And so begins a struggle to band together and survive. Future dreams are forced aside by the overwhelming need to survive the present in this winning Scottish musical-horror-comedy.

Yes, we said musical. And we mean it. John McPhail's feature has its origins in Ryan McHenry's BAFTA-nominated short film titled simply ZOMBIE MUSICAL. And while every film needs to stand purely on its own terms, there's no getting around the fact that this particular film's origins add an extra layer of poignancy to the whole affair.