‘Anna and the Apocalypse,’ a Christmas musical set during the zombie apocalypse, has been picked up by Orion for a 2018 release and now a certain breed of movie fan will soon be able to add a new film to their ritual of holiday movie watching!
Orion, the late film distributor that was recently brought back from the dead by MGM, will release ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ in North America and Latin America. The release date has not been announced, but a recent press release mentions the 2018 holiday season, so it will likely be later this year!
Directed by John McPhail and written by Alan McDonald and Ryan McHenry, ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ begins as a typical high school musical before turning sinister with an undead threat. From that point, it seamlessly switches between genres, delivering soapy teen drama, gory zombie action, and show-stopping musical numbers. Similar to ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ this is a genre mash-up that takes itself seriously enough to sell the gravity and the horror of the situation, which makes the comedy and musical numbers all the more fun to watch.
Ella Hunt (‘Our Robot Overlords’) stars as the titular Anna alongside Mark Benton (‘The Halcyon’) and Paul Kaye (‘Game Of Thrones’). The film focuses on a zombie apocalypse that is threatening the sleepy town of Little Haven during Christmas. The undead forces Anna and her high school friends to fight, sing and slash their way to survival with a fast-spreading horde out that are hungry for their blood. Teaming up with her best friend John, Anna and her crew fight their way through zombified snowmen, a ravenous bachelor party, and high school hormones to try and save family and faculty alike. 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.
Look for ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ later this year!