DVD Review: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE is based on Zombie Musical by Ryan McHenry. The movie was directed by John McPhail from a screenplay by Alan McDonald and Ryan McHenry and stars Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Marli Siu, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux and Ben Wiggins. The music is composed by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly.

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.

The story centers around Anna and her five friends from high school. While they’re all dealing with the normal everyday growing pains of being a teenager, there’s a zombie apocalypse going down in the world around them. What’s funny is, it takes them a little while before they actually acknowledge what’s happening around them but that’s all part of the charm. Anna and her friends start battling it out with the undead and find unique and creative ways to stay alive as they make their way to a safe zone where Anna’s father is.

The journey for Anna and her friends becomes a deadly one because not everybody makes it out alive. The thing is, some find love in their dying moments while others get the nasty karma they so rightfully deserve. Even though the world’s fate is in question, Anna and her friends take the time to break out in some musical performances (High School Musical-style) throughout their wild and crazy adventure that ultimately leads them to their destination.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and specs. The DVD disc is dark red and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Anna and the Apocalypse ended up being a fun movie that’s a unique entry in the zombie subgenre of horror because of its musical numbers and catchy tunes throughout the watch. The story is the same old thing as far as the zombie apocalypse goes so what this movie relies heavily on are the command performances by this talented cast and that’s what makes it different from the others. The actors do a great job with these characters of theirs because they’re not only finding their marks, they’re also singing and dancing in some choreographed dance routines here and there. The makeup effects for the zombies looked awesome, so yes, there’s lots of blood and gore to go along with all of the song and dance routines. I really enjoyed this ambitious musical zombie comedy that also happens to take place at Christmas time. If you enjoyed the musical horror slasher Stage Fright from back in 2014 then you should dig this one. Anna and the Apocalypse is now available on DVD and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Cinedigm

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation

DVD Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The DVD extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette and theatrical trailer.

  • ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE: Behind the Scenes (25:35)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:24)
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