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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.
'Anna and the Apocalypse'
Anna and the Apocalypse is a horror-comedy about a teenage girl who finds herself in the middle of a zombie outbreak — it also happens to feature plenty of musical numbers. The Scottish-made film is based on the 2011 short Zombie Musical, written and directed by Ryan McHenry, who died in 2015 at age 27.
Describing the film as a mix between High School Musical and Shaun of the Dead, THR critic Stephen Dalton writes, "In between sparing bursts of comic book gore and gleefully puerile humor, Anna and the Apocalypse paints an incongruously sweet, innocent picture of contemporary teenage life, where the bonds between friends and doting parents still matter even as the end of all humankind looks imminent."
'Head Full of Honey'
In Head Full of Honey, an English-language remake of the 2014 German film, Nick Nolte plays a widowed man suffering from Alzheimer's who takes a trip to Venice with his granddaughter. Matt Dillon plays his son and The Newsroom's Emily Mortimer plays his daughter-in-law.
The film will be released exclusively in New York and Los Angeles this weekend.
'Sicilian Ghost Story'
Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's film tells the story of a young girl (Julia Jedikowska) who deals with the disappearance of her classmate and new love interest, Giuseppe (Gaetano Fernandez), by imagining his spectral figure being held captive in a parallel world. Sicilian Ghost Story is based on the real-life tragedy of Giuseppe Di Matteo, who was kidnapped and subsequently murdered by the Mafia to keep his father from becoming an informer.
"If Grassadonia and Piazza had simply retold the story, it would have been gripping enough, but they deepen the intensity and widen the meaning by letting the tale unfold in a strange filmic space between cruel reality and ghostly fantasy," THR critic Deborah Young writes in her review.
'The Possession of Hannah Grace'
Shay Mitchell plays a morgue worker who finds herself trapped in a basement with a possessed cadaver in Sony's new horror film. The film also stars Station 19's Grey Damon and is directed by Diederik Van Rooijen.
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