In this world of “The Walking Dead” and other zombie series and films, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that a new zombie apocalypse Film is turning into one of this year’s must-see Christmas films. The zombie musical is set in Scotland during the said apocalypse and is said to be heartwarming, despite the subject.

Somehow the humour, heart and musical numbers are turning “Anna and the Apocalypse” into the zombie film of the year. The film was adapted from the BAFTA-winning short film “Zombie Musical,” and it starts off like a perfectly normal high school comedy.

Naturally, things change as the film progresses.

Zombie apocalypse musical for Christmas

As reported by the BBC, the film features the titular Anna (played by Ella Hunt) and her best friend John (played by Malcolm Cumming) and her other friends, who are about to graduate high school. John declares his unrequited love for Anna. Meanwhile, Anna is hiding a big secret from her dad Tony (played by Mark Benton).

However, the unrequited love and Anna's secret pale in comparison to what happens next, as a zombie apocalypse hits Little Haven. Just as Anna and John start singing on the way to school about how to turn their lives around, a snowman-costumed zombie halts their journey.

The outbreak of the zombie apocalypse leaves Anna and her friends separated from their parents.

The plot is they have to battle the teeming hordes of zombies to get to their parents, using anything they have on hand to fight them, including a show tune.

For those who enjoy musicals, “Anna and the Apocalypse” is a good choice, while those with horror in mind will enjoy the horror scenes in the film which have plenty of gore.

Even those who like a good high-school comedy will get into the film with the romantic pairing among the main characters. There’s plenty of emotion to be felt as naturally, some characters die.

Late Scottish filmmaker came up with the film idea

A tragic true story relating to “Anna and the Apocalypse” is that Scottish filmmaker Ryan McHenry originally came up with the idea for the film.

While developing the film, he faced a diagnosis of osteosarcoma, a type of cancer, which he appeared to have been in 2014. However, the disease returned and McHenry passed away in 2015. However, Alan McDonald, Ryan’s co-writer decided to continue with the movie in McHenry’s honour.

The film was directed by John McPhail and besides Ella and Malcolm, other stars in “Anna and the Apocalypse” include Christopher Leveaux, Sarah Swire, Marli Siu, Ben Wiggins, Paul Kaye and Mark Benton. The film is set to premiere in cinemas on Friday, 30 November 2018.