ANNA AND THE APOCA­LYPSE

Die School Mu­si­cal

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Glee meets Shaun Of The Dead in this mer­rily macabre Christ­mas mu­si­cal, in which Scot­tish high school­ers bat­tle zom­bies. While that con­cept might make Scrooges of more hard­core hor­ror fans, Anna And The Apoca­lypse has the po­ten­tial to be­come a break­out fes­tive clas­sic thanks to its fan­tas­tic cast, glee­ful gore and show­stop­ping tunes.

“It’s not zom­bies, that’s stupid,” states Anna (Ella Hunt), as her dreams of ditch­ing her small town post-grad­u­a­tion are in­ter­rupted by the un­dead. Along with best friend (Mal­colm Cum­ming) and a fel­low, good­will-ob­sessed stu­dent (the bril­liant Sarah Swire), she em­barks on a mis­sion to save her class­mates from the over­run high school.

Though he deftly jug­gles hor­ror and hu­mour, McPhail re­ally shines in the mu­si­cal num­bers. The can­teen-set “Hol­ly­wood End­ing” is a cracker, while a hi­lar­i­ously saucy Christ­mas num­ber tops Mean Girls for awk­ward stage per­for­mances. When hor­ror comes to the fore, the film misses the odd beat, but by then you’ll be putty in its hands. Josh Win­ning

Their maths teacher would never set al­ge­bra home­work again.

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