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Trailer for Anna and the Apocalypse reveals the Christmas/zombie/musical mashup we need

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Sep 5, 2018

What has every zombie movie since the days of George Romero been missing? That's right, entire moments of characters breaking out into original and catchy musical numbers! 

We know it sounds kinda weird, but that's the premise of Anna and the Apocalypse, a Christmas-themed movie that's got everything you could want: Yuletide cheer, zombies, and La La Land-esque moments of musical expression. Indeed, FirstShowing.net described the film as a mixture of Damien Chazelle's Oscar-winning film and Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead. We'd go one step further and add that there's definitely some Zombieland influence in there as well.

It also looks like it'll be one of the most creative movies to mix the happiness of the holiday season with macabre elements we'd expect from Halloween time. Think GremlinsThe Nightmare Before Christmas, and Rare Exports.

Watch the first trailer below and remind yourself it's not a hallucination:

Written by Alan McDonald and Ryan McHenry (who passed away in 2015) and directed by John McPhail (Where Do We Go From Here?), Anna and the Apocalypse is based on McHenry's 2011 short Zombie Musical and centers around the small town of Little Haven, which finds itself besieged by flesh-eating ghouls. As such, it's up to Anna (Lore's Ella Hunt) and her friends to fight the zombie apocalypse with a combination of blunt objects good for bashing in skulls and singing.

A film like this has "cult classic" written all over it, with the potential to have theatrical runs every year where the audience sings along to the music. It could even be turned into a stage production, so long as the original songs are decent and earwig-y enough.

Enjoy the poster, too:

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Credit: Orion Pictures

Anna and the Apocalypse makes its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest later this month, before receiving a limited theatrical release from Orion Pictures on Nov. 30.