10 items from 2017
Even though Fantastic Fest 2017 was held just a few weeks ago, this writer is still playing catch up after screening nearly 20 different films during my time in Austin. On the docket for today’s review round-up is a documentary celebrating haunted attractions—Haunters: The Art of the Scare—a stunning zombie/road film from Quebec—Les Affamés—and my very favorite film from Fantastic Fest, a zombie-centric Christmas musical called Anna and the Apocalypse.
Haunters: The Art of the Scare: I’m a big fan of documentaries, and I’m a big fan of haunted attractions, which is why I think I enjoyed Haunters: The Art of the Scare, even if it does venture off-topic quite a bit. The title insinuates that filmmaker Jon Schnitzer is looking to do a deep dive into the psychology of scaring people, and just how to set up the perfect scare. And while »
- Heather Wixson
"What a time to be alive!" If the movie description "high school zombie comedy holiday musical" sounds like the mash-up from horror heaven, then you'll want to check out Anna and the Apocalypse. The new film recently had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, where Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson called it "simply divine & pure joy from start to finish," and you can now watch the official teaser trailer for the film that should have you tapping your toes... and looking down to make sure a zombie isn't about to bite them off.
Synopsis: "When a zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - Anna and her high school friends have to fight, sing and slash their way to survival with a fast-spreading undead horde in relentless pursuit. Teaming up with her best friend John, Anna and her crew fight their way through zombified snowmen, »
- Derek Anderson
In John McPhail’s gorehound musical “Anna and the Apocalypse,” one of the standout world premieres at this year’s Fantastic Fest, our high school heroine (Ella Hunt) sleeps through the start of a worldwide zombie attack, slips on her headphones, steps out her front door, and begins to sing. “It’s a beautiful day!” belts Anna. Behind her, one neighbor dies, another falls out of a window, and as the camera pulls back, we see her small Scottish town is on fire. Yesterday, her dad (Mark Benton), the school janitor, found out she’s skipping college for a gap year in Australia, the class bully Nick (Ben Wiggins) propositioned her in the cafeteria, and her dorky best friend John (Malcolm Cumming) nearly lost his job when he accidentally thwacked their co-worker with a bowling shoe. Today, she dances down the street, swinging on light poles like Gene Kelly, totally »
- Amy Nicholson
As a massive fan of happy-go-not-so-lucky genre hybrids, it should come as no shock that I abso-f$%king-lutely dig John McPhail’s Anna And The Apocalypse – his Scottish Christmas horror musical zombie invasion flick with a heart of solid gold (co-written by Ryan McHenry). High School Musical meets Footloose meets Shaun of the Dead, with all the yuletide yucks you could want. Each song so deliberate in message – warnings about social media hypnotism to escaping small-town mentalities – and each zombie interaction coated in appropriate amounts of bloodshed. Gremlins, Anna And The Apocolypse, Black Christmas – my new favorite X-Mas triple feature.
Ella Hunt stars as Anna, a high school teen who dreams of jet-setting before her university stint and the pursuit of a successful career. Father Tony (Mark Benton) disagrees with his daughter’s decision – as any protective parent would – but a freak event keeps Anna from fleeing her simple little community – the zombie apocalypse. »
- Matt Donato
Following its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, a trailer has arrived online for the upcoming festive zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse. Based on the BAFTA winning short Zombie Musical, the film is directed by John McPhail and stars Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Marli Siu, Ben Wiggins, Mark Benton and Paul Kaye; check it out below…
Anna’s (Ella Hunt) life is dominated by the typical concerns of her youthful peers until the Christmas season in her small town brings not Santa, but an outbreak of the undead in this genre-mashing holiday horror musical. Yep. Musical. »
- Amie Cranswick
"Oh the weather outside is frightful..." Blazing Griffin has unveiled the very first teaser trailer for a horror comedy titled Anna and the Apocalypse, which is basically a zombie Christmas musical. Yeah, you read that right, this is one of the very few, rare horror musicals and it looks kind of awesome. Here's the plot: a girl and her friends must fight - and sing - their way through a zombie invasion to reach the supposed safety of their school, not knowing if their parents and friends will still be alive when they get there. Starring Ella Hunt as Anna, plus Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins, Marli Siu, and Mark Benton. This looks bloody, and bloody brilliant, and I can't wait to see it. From the looks of it, this could be one of the best zombie films since Shaun of the Dead. Here's to hoping it turns out superb. »
- Alex Billington
A trailer has arrived for Scottish zom-com-musical Anna and the Apocalypse, based on the BAFTA winning short film "Zombie Musical" by the late Ryan McHenry. While McHenry scripted the feature, it is directed by John McPhail (Where Do We Go From Here). The film will play at the 2017 Sitges Film Festival.
Ahead of its premiere later this week at Fantastic Fest, the creators behind Anna and the Apocalypse have released a teaser trailer for a glimpse into the absurd world of zombie Christmas musical. The movie is based off of the 2010 Zombie Musical short film by the late BAFTA winning Ryan McHenry who co-wrote the script with Alan McDonald. Anna and the Apocalypse was directed by John McPhail (Where Do We Go From Here) and it looks like High School Musical made a Christmas comedy movie and mixed it with The Walking Dead.
The trailer comes to us courtesy of Deadline and it features a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse during the holidays. The trailer begins with a play on T'was the Night Before Christmas by a narrator who peppers in rhymes about Anna and the undead with some cheerful holiday music playing underneath. What happens next is pretty self-explanatory, »
Exclusive: From Scottish director John McPhail, Anna And The Apocalypse will have its world premiere in competition this Friday at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The zombie Christmas tuner about a group of friends trying to survive with an undead horde in relentless pursuit is based on the 2010 BAFTA-winning short Zombie Musical. That film was directed by the late Ryan McHenry who shares screenwriting credit on Anna with Alan McDonald. Check out the exclusive teaser… »
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will open festival that runs September 21-28 in Austin, Texas.
Fantastic Fest 2017 has announced its initial line-up of films. This year’s opening night film is the Us premiere of Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (pictured).
Among this year’s initial titles are the Us premieres of S Craig Zahler’s Brawl In Cell Block 99, starring Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Udo Kier, Yorgos Lanthimos’ horror film The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, and Takashi Miike’s Blade Of The Immortal.
Fantastic Fest will include cinema from the Middle East including Egypt’s rarely seen Rocky Horror Picture Show adaptation Anyab and the international premiere of Marwan Hamed’s The Originals.
“It’s truly a joy to be able to showcase a variety of Arabic genre films never before seen in the Us to shatter preconceptions.” Fantastic Fest creative director Evrim Ersoy said. “Cinema from this »
10 items from 2017
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