Exclusive: Anna And The Apocalypse: Behind The Scenes - Practical Effects | SYFY WIRE

Exclusive: Watch how Anna and the Apocalypse brought its zombie visual effects to undead life

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Oct 29, 2018, 12:00 PM EDT

Just in time for Halloween, we have a cool behind-the-scenes clip from Anna and the Apocalypse, a movie that can lay claim to pioneering the zombie/musical theater sub-genre... because surely, that’s about to become a thing, right?

Actually, after seeing how much fun the talent-heavy Anna cast is having with the practical effects required to create the horror-comedy-musical’s blood and gore — all while staying on top of their singing and dancing chops — we’re definitely in the fan camp ready to believe that zombies in musical theater is an idea whose time has come. Apparently, we’re not alone: The movie’s already proven a big hit on the festival circuit. 

Check out this exclusive look at what went into making the movie’s wounds, guts, and exploding heads look hilariously real, with special emphasis on the head-squishing magic you might’ve glimpsed in earlier previews — where a pair of bowling balls schedule a decidedly high-impact appointment with a zombie’s noggin’.

Just as the zombie apocalypse threatens to seriously wreck Christmas in the sleepy town of Little Haven, Anna (Ella Hunt) has to fight, slash, and sing her way to survival, joining with her friends to face the undead in a desperate race to reach family and loved ones — before it’s too late.

Anna and the Apocalypse

Credit: Orion Pictures

A few early encounters with some very un-merry zombies is all it takes for the gang to realize that nobody’s safe in this new world. And with civilization falling apart all around them, it’s time to close ranks: In order to save Christmas and protect the land of the living, the only people these friends truly can rely on are each other.

Directed by John McPhail and based on the late Ryan McHenry’s short film Zombie Musical, Anna and the Apocalypse was written by McHenry and Alan McDonald, and stars Hunt, Malcom Cumming, Ben Wiggins, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Marli Siu, Mark Benton, and Paul Kaye. 

Get ready to tap your feet, laugh, and cower in fear all at the same time: Anna and the Apocalypse opens in select theaters Nov. 30 before shambling (and dancing) onto big screens nationwide beginning Dec. 7.