Anna and the Apocalypse Review

Anna and the Apocalypse Synopsis

A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.

I will have to admit right out of the gate, this is not a film for everyone. Not everyone is going to like a musical, teenage romantic comedy, or zombie flicks. If you are someone that does not like any of those genres, this film is not for you. Why is that, because this movie is all of those things. This is one of those films that I never knew that I needed but now understand that this film needs to be in my life.

Anna and the Apocalypse – What I liked

The first thing that I can definitely say that I loved about this movie is the mashup of genres. This is no small feat. There are so many things that could go wrong the more things that you try to throw into a film.

The work that the special effect team went into the zombies was very impressive. They did a great job in mixing up the type of zombies that our cast got to interact with. I mean who would have ever thought we would get a zombie snowman.

Musical numbers are a huge part of this film. Interweaving these numbers into the film could have been a colossal failure. They go all La La Land on us and it all just makes sense. The individual numbers are certainly well written. Two of the highlights would have to be ‘Hollywood Ending’ and ‘It’s That Time of the Year.’

One thing that you run into with independent films is unknown faces. Pretty much everyone in this film has very few credits to their name. This is not saying that they lacked the skill to pull this film off. In fact, I would like to say the latter. Everyone in this film played their respective parts perfectly.

Anna and the Apocalypse – What could have been improved

Honestly, is there anything that needs to be improved? The biggest improvement that I think this movie needs, is that everyone needs to see it. This film did not get the love it deserves in the states. There was not a wide release of this film.

There should have been a push to a wide release over the Christmas holiday. I think that because it was so different that it would have intrigued many to go see it. Horror films have a special place during the holidays and this is no exception.

This is is why I had to wait to so long to see this movie. I had to wait until it was available to purchase on streaming services.

Anna and the Apocalypse – Final Thoughts

As I stated right from the beginning. This is a film I am glad that I have in my life. Now this film is not going to be for everyone. You might like your average zombie movie but not like musicals. There might be a thing for romantic comedies but you despise zombie flicks. Even though there are things about this film that you might not like, you need to give this movie a chance.

To this day my favorite Christmas movie is and will probably always be ‘A Christmas Story.’ I do have to say this has to probably be the best Christmas movie of this current generation. Anna and the Apocalypse will now be in my Christmas rotation.

Overall Score 4.5/5

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About the Author
Brian is one of the co-founders of Back Lot 605. Movies have always been a passion of his. Some of his closest friends call him a walking movie database. He grew up watching classics like Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, and Star Wars. He has a soft spot for good classics like The Sting, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sound of Music, & The Wizard of Oz. Brian enjoys a good comic book movie any day and loves The Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has a nerd crush on Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, & Robert Rodriguez. He has been married for ten years and has two handsome twin sons.
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