Anna And The Apocalypse Trailer Reveals Zombie Christmas Musical

The zombie Christmas musical Anna and the Apocalypse has just released its first trailer, unabashedly living up to its bloody, festive premise. Set in the small, picturesque town of Little Haven, Anna and the Apocalypse centers around the titular Anna (played by Ella Hunt) as her celebration for the Christmas season is put on hold once a horde of zombies unexpectedly takes over. She and her friends devise a plan to find and protect their loved ones at any cost, much in the vein of most traditional movies in the zombie subgenre.

The twist, however, stems from the fact that Anna and the Apocalypse is not only a monster movie, but a musical, with characters singing and dancing their way through a flesh-eating bloodbath. Also starring Malcom Cumming, Ben Wiggins, Sarah Swire, Paul Kaye, Christopher Leveaux, Marli Siu, and Mark Benton, Anna and the Apocalypse was directed by Scottish filmmaker John McPhail (Where Do We Go From Here?). Now, with plenty of creative gory set pieces to spare, the first trailer reveals exactly what sort of unique tone McPhail is going for in his upcoming horror-comedy.

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From Orion Pictures, the concept for Anna and the Apocalypse might speak for itself, but the trailer reveals a small-scale, though wildly distinct, spin on the genre. With a semi-serious, but also tongue-in-check tone, the trailer opens up with an updated spin on Clement Clarke Moore’s A Visit from St. Nicholas, referring specifically to Anna and the undead. Local denizens run and dance their way through a fiery, apocalyptic landscape – with noticeable nods to George A. Romero’s classic zombie movie Dawn of the Dead, as well as the video game Dead Rising, given the creative makeshift weapons Anna and the other characters use as weapons (like giant candy canes, bowling balls, and shopping carts).

While the zombie subgenre is massive enough on its own, zombie comedies have been a major staple in horror as early as Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator and Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive – with Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead really opening the mainstream floodgates. Movies like Zombieland,  Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and Life After Beth are just a handful of zombie comedies that have been released within the past decade, and there’s even been a zombie romcom with the adaptation of Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies.

As for horror musicals, Anna and the Apocalypse now exists within the same realm as cult classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Repo! The Genetic Opera, and Little Shop of Horrors. So, whether it finds it audience right away or fares better over the years through word of mouth, it’s certainly in good company.

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Anna and the Apocalypse releases in select theaters November 30, expanding nationwide December 7.

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Vox Lux Teaser Trailer: Natalie Portman is Ready to Take the Stage

Natalie Portman is a pop star gearing up to take the stage in the Vox Lux teaser trailer. This is the second film by actor-turned writer/director Brad Corbet, after his debut on the acclaimed post-WWI parable, The Childhood of a Leader.

Vox Lux‘s first half takes place in 1999 and follows young sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin), as they become child pop music stars in the wake of a terrible tragedy, under the supervision of their manager (Jude Law). The film’s second half jumps ahead to 2017, where the grownup Celeste (Portman) is a music superstar whose career threatens to be derailed by the tragedies and scandals of her personal life. Cassidy, who previously appeared in movies like Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer, actually pulls double-duty by playing both young Celeste and adult Celeste’s daughter.

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The Vox Lux teaser doesn’t really get into all that and instead serves as a mood-setter for the larger film. It further reveals the full title is Vox Lux: A Twenty-First Century Portrait and confirms the cast, including Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty). Vox Lux also features songs by Sia and a score by no less than music icon Scott Walker (who also scored Childhood of a Leader). Watch the teaser in the space below:

While Vox Lux doesn’t have a distributor just yet, that may change in the near future. As the teaser announces, Corbet’s musical showbiz drama is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. If the film earns a warm reception from the TIFF crowd, then it shouldn’t be long before a studio picks it and schedules it for release later this year. That will allow Vox Lux to join Portman’s Annihilation in the (rapidly expanding) lineup of movies in the running for awards consideration over the remaining four months of 2018.

Between Lol Crawley’s grounded cinematography and Portman playing a troubled artist (one wearing a feathery costume, no less), it’s difficult not to immediately think of Black Swan while watching the Vox Lux teaser. There are also thematic parallels between the films, in the way they examine how performers draw from real-life experiences and how female artists are often exploited by their (male) bosses. However, once you get past all that, Corbet’s film otherwise sounds pretty different from Darren Aronofsky and Portman’s Oscar winning ballet psycho-thriller. Here’s to hoping that proves to be the case with the actual movie.

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We will bring you more details on Vox Lux as they become available.

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