Interview: Ella Hunt Talks Her Aspiring Role and More for Anna And The Apocalypse

One of my favorite films of the year is John McPhail’s Anna and the Apocalypse, the rousing zom-com Christmas musical that follows a group of high schoolers who are forced to fight for their lives as a zombie apocalypse breaks out, all led by the titular character played by Ella Hunt.

Anna and the Apocalypse is currently in theaters nationwide (you can find details on where it’s playing Here), and Daily Dead recently had the chance to speak with Hunt about taking on the role of Anna in the ambitiously delightful musical and why she fell in love with the character in the first place. Hunt also discussed some of the challenges she faced when it came to the physical aspects of her performance in Anna and the Apocalypse, working alongside director McPhail and her fellow co-stars, and more.

Congratulations on this film. I saw it last year at Fantastic Fest,
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
The Queens have it again. Focus Features opened Mary Queen of Scots in four New York and L.A. locations Friday to a robust start, taking in over $200K for a weekend, topping $50,045 per-heater average, placing it as the 11th highest PTA of the year as of Sunday morning.

Specialty moviegoers are clearly satiating their zest for period films centering on monarchs from the British Isles. Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite had the year’s highest opening weekend PTA at $105K. Now in its third weekend, the feature, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, as well as Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as her aristocratic suitors, expanded over the weekend, grossing $1.43M in 91 theaters, averaging $15,714.

Though Mary Queen of Scots reigned among limited-release openers, Neon’s Vox Lux by Brady Corbet and Peter HedgesBen Is Back, released via Ld Entertainment, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, had solid showings. Vox Lux,
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Film Review: ‘Anna and The Apocalypse’ is UnDead on Arrival

Chicago – Arriving a few years too late after the great movie mashup craze, “Anna and The Apocalypse” is a zombie Christmas musical. The signature (and only) joke is that teens are dancing and singing amid the blood, guts, and gore spurting in gushers around them. But it’s less a feature film and more akin to a late run episode of “Glee,” when its creators had clearly run out of any ideas.

Rating: 1.5/5.0

The film is set at a high school in Scotland on the eve of the big Christmas pageant, when a plague of the undead descends upon the production. Anna (Ella Hunt) is the daughter of the school janitor and decides she wants to see the world before heading to University. Her best friend John (Malcolm Cumming) is clearly in love with her, while she’s enamored with a thoughtless school bully Nick (Ben Wiggins). There’s also
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'Ralph Breaks The Internet' tops UK box office ahead of 'Creed II'

Warner BrosFantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald drops into third place.

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Nov 30-Dec 2) Total gross to date Week 1 Ralph Breaks The Internet (Disney) £4m £4m 1 2 Creed II (Warner Bros) £3m £3m 1 3 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (Warner Bros) £2.7m £26.7m 3 4 The Grinch (Universal) £2.3m £17m 4 5. Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) £1.5m £42m 6

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.27.

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Disney’s animated title Ralph Breaks The Internet has opened top of the UK box office, ending the two-week run of Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.

Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios,
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‘The Favourite’ Continues Regal Reign Over Indie Box Office

  • The Wrap
While the box office is in the midst of a hushed two-week period, Fox Searchlight has found success with “The Favourite,” which continues to perform well after setting a new top per screen average for 2018 last weekend.

The black comedy starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in a tale of 18th century palace intrigue in England expanded to 34 screens, giving Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest an impressive $1.1 million this weekend, scoring an average of $32,500. The film now has a total of $1.67 million, with an expansion into 12 more markets next week and a screen count of 80-100.

Also Read: 'The Favourite' Film Review: Emma Stone Plays an 18th Century Eve Harrington in a Twisted Historical Farce

Two new releases also posted solid averages. Orion’s holiday-themed zombie musical “Anna and the Apocalypse” grossed $50,000 from its five-screen debut. Starring Ella Hunt as a teen trying to survive the zombie apocalypse in her snowy Scottish town,
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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ to Keep Box Office Crown for Second Weekend

  • Variety
It’s a weekend of repeats.

With just one nationwide debut at the box office, a series of holdovers are set to take the top spots, with the second frame of Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” heading for first place with an estimated $24 million.

The sole cross-country rollout, Sony’s “Possession of Hannah Grace,” is likely to open to $6.4 million from 2,065 North American theaters after taking in $2.56 million on Friday. That estimate is more than double what Sony had originally predicted for “Hannah Grace.”

Directed by Diederik Van Rooijen and written by Brian Sieve, the horror flick follows a young morgue attendant (Shay Mitchell) who realizes a cadaver has been possessed by a demon. Shot on a Sony A7S II, “Hannah Grace” has a C- CinemaScore and a 19% Rotten Tomatoes score, with its Audience Score at 22%.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” will cross $100 million domestically this weekend, and has
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Listen to Director John McPhail Discuss the Zombie Christmas Musical Anna And The Apocalypse on a New Episode of Corpse Club

  • DailyDead
Ever since Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson gave it a five-star review last year, we've been excited for Daily Dead readers to unwrap the humor, horror, and heartfelt emotions of the zombie Christmas musical Anna and the Apocalypse, so we're thrilled that director John McPhail is a special guest on a new episode of Daily Dead's podcast!

When zombies shamble into Little Haven's holiday season, it's up to the teenagers of the small town to dance their way to survival in the living dead Christmas musical Anna and the Apocalypse. A festive blend of blood-spattered scares, heartfelt humor, and dance numbers that are as contagious as a zombie virus, Anna and the Apocalypse enjoyed a well-received run on the film festival circuit, and to celebrate its theatrical release, Heather Wixson is joined by director John McPhail on a special episode of Corpse Club!

Pour yourself a cup of eggnog
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Christmas-Themed Zombie-Musical ‘Anna & The Apocalypse’ Tackles Multiple Genres But Not Very Well [Review]

A zombie horror-comedy-musical set at Christmastime. It sounds like it was written by an A.I. using a hipster algorithm. To avoid sounding reductive, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Look at something like “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” (Anime! Retro Video Games! Nerdy Girls!), which on paper could sound cloying but completely makes up for it with a sense of wit and universally-relatable themes. That last part about being relatable applies to “Anna and the Apocalypse,” but the other is sorely missing.

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Orion Unleashes ‘Anna And The Apocalypse’; Colin Firth Sets Sail In ‘The Mercy’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

  • Deadline
Orion Unleashes ‘Anna And The Apocalypse’; Colin Firth Sets Sail In ‘The Mercy’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Following last weekend’s big roll out of The Favourite from Fox Searchlight, this weekend will likely see a pause for awards contenders making splashy Specialty box office numbers. Orion Pictures is giving a limited start to comedy-horror-musical Anna And the Apocalypse, starring Ella Hunt and Malcom Cumming. Timed to the holiday season, the title fits the company’s strategy of releasing films that target specific audiences. Screen Media, meanwhile, has two very different features heading out, though both will have one-time event screenings around the country (on different dates) in addition to specific targeted regular runs. James Marsh’s The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz opens Village East in New York through the distributor, while animated feature Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer will have regular engagements starting in New York and L.A. Friday in a day and date release in addition to event screenings in over 100 cities.
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In Theaters This Weekend: 'The Possession of Hannah Grace,' 'Anna and the Apocalypse' and More

In Theaters This Weekend: 'The Possession of Hannah Grace,' 'Anna and the Apocalypse' and More
Zombies, ghosts and exorcisms will hit the big screen Friday.

Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell stars in horror flick The Possession of Hannah Grace, set to be released alongside the Christmas zombie-musical Anna and the Apocalypse. The Nick Nolte starrer Head Full of Honey and Italian drama Sicilian Ghost Story will have a limited release this weekend as well.

Read on to see what critics for The Hollywood Reporter had to say about this week's offerings.
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UK box office preview: 'Creed II' squares up to 'Ralph Breaks The Internet'

UK box office preview: 'Creed II' squares up to 'Ralph Breaks The Internet'
Two films to challenge fellow sequel Fantastic Beasts.

It is the battle of the sequels at this weekend’s UK box office, with last week’s table-topper Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald facing competition from boxing pic Creed II and family animation Ralph Breaks The Internet.

Disney’s Ralph Breaks The Internet, featuring a voice cast of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot, is the sequel to 2013’s Wreck-It Ralph. The original film got underway with £4.5m in the UK and built to an impressive £23.8m. With the franchise now established and the second film generating good buzz,
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UK box office preview: 'Creed II' squares up to 'Wreck It Ralph' sequel

UK box office preview: 'Creed II' squares up to 'Wreck It Ralph' sequel
Two films to challenge fellow sequel Fantastic Beasts.

It is the battle of the sequels at this weekend’s UK box office, with last week’s table-topper Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald facing competition from boxing pic Creed II and family animation Ralph Breaks The Internet.

Disney’s Ralph Breaks The Internet, featuring a voice cast of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot, is the sequel to 2013’s Wreck-It Ralph. The original film got underway with £4.5m in the UK and built to an impressive £23.8m. With the franchise now established and the second film generating good buzz,
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‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ Film Review: Shay Mitchell Is Bored in a Morgue in Dull Thriller

  • The Wrap
‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ Film Review: Shay Mitchell Is Bored in a Morgue in Dull Thriller
You don’t have to be a horror aficionado to know that corpses are scary. The lifeless husk of a human being, the rapidly decaying meat suit that housed all our thoughts and memories, is a brutal reminder of our fleeting mortality. So it stands to reason that a film like “The Possession of Hannah Grace,” about a woman working in a morgue where one of the corpses refuses to stay still, would be pretty darned scary. If only in principle.

And yes, that’s true. And only in principle. “The Possession of Hannah Grace” takes a concept so unsettling it’s already been turned into one great movie — “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” — and turns it into a dreary horror thriller, without any of those pesky thrills.

Hannah Grace” begins with an exorcism scene so mechanical that it plays like a last-minute reshoot. Drab tones, rigid shafts of sunlight
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'Ralph' and 'Creed' Set to Repeat atop Post-Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office

'Ralph' and 'Creed' Set to Repeat atop Post-Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office
Following last weekend's monster performance, led by Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet and MGM's Creed II, this weekend sees just one new wide release in Screen Gems's latest horror The Possession of Hannah Grace, which means the story will remain with last weekend's top titles as 2018 continues its torrid pace. After delivering the second largest five-day Thanksgiving weekend opening ever, Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet is looking at a second weekend at #1 and a domestic gross that should finish at or near $120 million come end of day Sunday. Right now we're expecting a second weekend drop right around -54% for a sophomore frame totaling $26 million or so. MGM's Creed II could face some competition for second in Universal and Illumination's The Grinch, but we're expecting it to edge out the animated title with a drop right around -50% for an $18 million second weekend
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‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Film Review: Zombies, Musicals and Christmas Make a Merry Mash-Up

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‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Film Review: Zombies, Musicals and Christmas Make a Merry Mash-Up
We’re accustomed to horror movies using creativity and artistry to cover up their low budgets; a filmmaker can create plenty of scares with one set and a cast of four. The low-budget musical, on the other hand, is expected to provide splashy razzle-dazzle and grandeur with the same economy of means, and it’s a tougher genre to make succeed on a dime. That said, if you’re willing to overlook a little scruffiness at the edges, it’s a Christmas miracle that the Scottish import “Anna and the Apocalypse” works so well as both a horror movie and a musical.

And “Christmas miracle” should be taken literally, because this is a holiday movie as well. And if you don’t think the undead mix well with musical numbers and gaudy Yuletide decor, “Anna” might be the movie to change your mind.

It’s a film that the protagonist
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Review: Anna And The Apocalypse, Fantastic, Toe-Tapping Terror

What do you get when you mash up High School Musical, Shaun of the Dead, and The Nightmare Before Christmas? The answer is director John McPhail's brilliant new Christmastime zombie musical, Anna and the Apocalypse, one of the most joyful films you'll ever see about the end of mankind as we know it. Anna (Ella Hunt) is a high school senior looking to break free from her small town existence by taking a gap year to hike across Australia rather than going immediately to university, much to the chagrin of her hard-working single dad. She sees her life as a prison from which she must break free, and the only way to do it is to run away as far as she can. First, however,...

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Join JimmyO this weekend for Anna and the Apocalypse in Hollywood!

  • JoBlo
One of the biggest surprises this year is something rather special. This weekend, audiences can look forward to one of the most delightfully unique movies of 2018. Anna And The Apocalypse is a Christmas movie. It is also a zombie, horror, rom-com and a musical extravaganza. It is gory, hilarious and it offers up a killer soundtrack. Featuring a wonderfully charming cast including…
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Wreck-It Ralph 2 and Creed 2 Are Ready for Round 2 at the Box Office

Last weekend, Disney scored in a big way with Ralph Breaks the Internet , which brought in $84.7 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday. Creed 2 also delivered the goods, hauling in $56 million and beating expectations. This weekend, with no major releases going wide from other major studios, both of these sequels are, once again, set to repeat atop the box office for a second straight week.

Wreck-It Ralph 2 will take the top box office spot with estimates putting its second week total at around $33 million. But positive word of mouth and lack of competition could push it closer to the $40 million mark. Thus far, this has proved to be the most successful sequel Disney Animation (not counting Pixar movies) has ever produced. Frozen 2 may have something to say about that next year, but for now, it's Ralph and Vanellope claiming that crown. Don't be surprised to find that Wreck-It Ralph 3 is
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The Pick of the Flicks Podcast #17 – Anna and the Apocalypse director John McPhail on Ghostbusters

On The Pick of the Flicks Podcast, a different guest drops in every week to chat about their favourite movie. This week, director John McPhail stops by to chat about sci-fi comedy classic Ghostbusters

This week, filmmaker John McPhail pops in to chat about his new Christmas zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, as well as his choice of favourite film – 1984’s Ghostbusters. He discusses the precise alchemy of the casting, the combination of character with comedy and the shortcomings of improv-focused modern comedy movies.

See Also: Listen to last week’s podcast with film critic Sarah Buddery on Jaws

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Tom Beasley is a freelance film journalist and wrestling fan. Follow him on Twitter via @TomJBeasley for movie opinions, wrestling stuff and puns.

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‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Flash Mob Gives Austin a Hollywood Ending

‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Flash Mob Gives Austin a Hollywood Ending
Austin has a little spring in its step after an Anna and the Apocalypse flash mob took over the streets of the Texas city in anticipation of the acclaimed Christmas zombie musical. Or maybe it’s a limp, since the zombies have taken over and the end of the world is nigh. Whatever the case, the holidays are […]

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