Anna and the Apocalypse is a 2018 musical black comedy. In the likes of 2008’s Shaun of the Dead, Anna is a hybrid of horror, whimsy, and “what would we do?” With a High School Musical and La La Land vibe, Anna and the Apocalypse is the latest commercial foreign film to combine fresh lyrics and flesh eaters. 2015’s The Lure also combined disco and death, but waited until the very end to descend into true carnage.
The Apocalypse unleashes chaos rather quickly at a British academy, unbeknownst to oblivious titular teen Anna. Harking to the middling Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse in 2016, it does beg the legitimate question: “What would groups of unaccompanied minors do in a disaster like this?” Though the adults also play supporting roles, the movie really is about Anna and her schoolmates surviving or succumbing to the end of the world as they know it.
Thankfully never devolving into a thinly veiled Lord of the Flies reference, Anna is at heart a comedy and remains silly and absurd until the third act. I appreciate the surprisingly decent villain and pretty good practical effects. The gore and CGI is used sparingly and adequately.
Anna is light on story and heavy on mediocre yet catchy songs. The best being a new take on a dedication to Santa’s “arrival.” You’ll be tickled pink by the curtain call. And happy to see more realistic slow, shambling zombies instead of the lightening quick infected hordes that seem to have dominated modern zombie media.
With a 6.1/10 IMDB rating, and 78% Tomatometer and 67% Audience Score, I give Anna and the Apocalypse a 5.8/10. It’s fun but forgettable. Stream it and skip ahead like I did if you’re not a fan of fluffy songs in film.