Apparently, the strong survive. Not necessarily the best people. Because this has no 'Hollywood Ending'. It has songs, and for the most part they're good, and all of the actors are talented. It's about getting out of your hometown, no matter the consequences. Love those Scottish accents. This movie has cult appeal. It's a bit of a cross between 'Rocky Horror' and 'Buffy the Musical', except with more death.
Endearing coming of age story where parents, guardians and goofy childhood love interests are done in, ultimately for the better. The movie stays grim behind the pop facade, as coming of age stories should, but don't know what to do with the zombies: while they should represent lingering existential dread, they're not dreary at all and you keep wondering what the teens on screen are scared of (could be the point).
Good movie that is kinda fun, kinda cute and kinda grim. The actors are charming and work well together in selling the initial care free high school movie vibe. The songs are a bit hit or miss but work overall quite well. When things eventually go sideways and people start to get killed the movie has a hard time staying original and relevant despite the singing.
2.5. Not nearly fun enough for a zombie Christmas musical; most of the songs are somber or sad. Honestly, you could do away with the songs and almost nothing would change. It's a bit silly, but not funny enough that I'd bill it a 'comedy'. It's not scary enough that I'd bill it as horror, either. Really, it's overwhelmingly a sad movie from beginning to end. Decent production quality/acting though.
As a Christmastime horror musical, this could have failed miserably, but they somehow pulled it off. The film is charming, you wind up giving a shit about the characters in a very short amount of time, and the songs are legitimately good. And they do it without solely resting on any of their number of gimmicks. I loved this so much. “Hollywood Ending” should be a radio hit.