ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE
Die School Musical
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
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