Little Monsters

Film, Comedy
3 out of 5 stars
Little Monsters
Photograph: Simon Cardwell Little Monsters

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The living dead crash a kindergarten field trip in Abe Forsythe’s middling Aussie zom-com

Fresh from her role in Us, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o crosses the Pacific to star in an altogether less chilling horror comedy. She’s sweet-natured Sydney kindergarten teacher Audrey, who is chaperoning her class to look at cuddly animals at a petting zoo when zombies unexpectedly (and sans explanation) attack from the next-door US Army facility. Trapped inside a souvenir store with ring-in helper Dave (Alexander England) and visiting US children’s TV star Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad), Audrey has to find her inner arse-kicking undead slayer while keeping up the pretense to her five-year-old charges that the crowd of flesh-eaters lurching around outside are part of an elaborate IRL game and that none of them are in real danger. “The zombies look fake,” sniffs one pre-schooler, who’d rather be mini-golfing.

Writer-director Abe Forsythe hit a home run with 2016’s Down Under, a scathing satire set in the aftermath of the Cronulla Riots that took a baseball bat to racism and toxic Aussie masculinity. Little Monsters is more generic fare, like an unofficial Shaun of the Dead spin-off. There are some decent gags, and they’ve lavished budget on makeup effects, a good cast and songs by the likes of Taylor Swift and Hanson. It’s just too bad that Nyong’o has to play second ukulele to England’s Dave, the narcissistic, onanistic, no-hoper uncle of one of Audrey’s students who’s supposed to be the hero. It’s very hard to care about this moron, and Gad’s creepy, alcoholic, sex-addict TV star seems to be there only to make him look slightly better by comparison. Somebody do us a favour and eat their brains already.


Release details

Release date:
Thursday October 31 2019
94 mins

Cast and crew

Abe Forsythe
Lupita Nyong'o
Josh Gad
Stephen Peacocke
Kat Stewart
Alexander England
Nadia Townsend

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