This is a good example of a film managing to include a major queer character without making her a token or without reducing her sexuality to a single, back-patting reference.
In this gleeful mashup, Anna and her friends must fight – and sing – their way through a zombie invasion to reach the supposed safety of their school, not knowing if their parents and friends will still be alive when they get there.
“This is a good zombie movie. This is a good musical, all of the s goods add up to something charming and warm and violent and gross and catchy and sweet. There’s a whole lot of movie in this movie. And it works because it’s honest. It loves its genres and it loves its characters and you get the impression that it loves you, the offbeat weirdo who likes horror and musicals in equal measure.” Slashfilm
17-year-old Anna (Ella Hunt, just waiting to be promoted to leading lady status in Hollywood) wants to leave her crummy town behind and see the world. She sings about it. She has a best friend who wishes he was more. He also sings about it. There’s the jock ex-boyfriend and an American lesbian on a social crusade and a pair of dorky lovers who can’t keep their hands off each other. They all sing about it (and they’re all played with gusto by some seriously talented young actors).
Starring Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as Anna, with Mark Benton (The Halcyon) as her father Tony and Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones) as the wicked antagonist Savage. Rounding out the ensemble cast are newcomers Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins and Marli Siu. Ryan McHenry, who wrote and directed the BAFTA winning 2010 short film Zombie Musical upon which it is based, wrote the original script with Alan McDonald. McHenry was best known for creating internet sensation ‘Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal’. Directing duties have now been taken on by John McPhail, the award-winning director of last year’s festival hit Where Do We Go From Here.
“The risk paid off. John McPhail and his talented team have created not just a great movie but a great musical as well.” – Dread Central
“This movie does little to try and invent within the confines of a zombie movie. There’s no need to. The idea of making a zombie movie into a musical is the invention here. To that point, there is no chance in hell this kind of thing would work unless the songs were great. And they are great.” Movieweb