Little Monsters is a movie which adds to the zombie genre, but it’s a crowded one. There are great movies from yesteryear, like George A Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, and more recent classics like Edgar Wright’s Shaun Of The Dead, so how will this match up?
It starts off great, as grumpy, sweary, slacker Dave (Alexander England) is splitting up from girlfriend and staying with her sister and her son, Felix, with one of their earliest interactions being Dave shouting, “Make me a coffee”, to which Felix replies calmly, “I can’t make coffee. I’m five.” Beyond that, he’s glad that they’re making pizza for dinner… but not only is it a tiny child’s pizza, it’s devoid of anything tasty, because Felix is allergic to fish, dairy, eggs, sesame, nuts and gluten.
If you’re the age I am, then you’ll remember the time when we just got on with things and civilisation hadn’t collapsed to the point that these allergies existed.
He attempts to get his girlfriend back with the help of this nephew in a Darth Vader outfit, but things REALLY don’t go to plan as you’ll see. Things are on the up, though, as Felix has a teacher called Miss Caroline (the stunning Lupita Nyong’o – Us), who sings Taylor Swift songs on a ukelele.
We learn early on that that the zombies are part of a scientic experiment, and now they’re heading for Pleasant Valley Farm where all the kids are with Miss Caroline, along with a few Japanese tourists who just MUST just take a photo with them! (yes, that old stereotype is still around).
Along the way, Miss Caroline’s trying to put a brave face on things for the children, while there’s a very funny and silly fight between Dave and children’s TV presenter Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad) whilst the zombies are parading outside – because people are completely oblivious to the zombie apocalypse.
In addition, it’s the first time I’ve ever heard “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands” with ‘clap your hands‘ replaced with ‘say hooray‘. Huh?!
Oh, and it also overdoses with annoying kids.
Plus, why wasn’t this released on the other side of Halloween? That would’ve made much more sense.
Overall, Little Monsters has a good opening section before it brings in the zombies, but then you realise that beyond holing out at the souvenir store, it doesn’t have much else in its locker. It passes 90 minutes…ish, but for definite, Shaun of the Dead, this is not.
Running time: 93 minutes
Release date: November 15th 2019
Studio: Altitude Films
Director: Abe Forsythe
Producers: Jessica Calder, Keith Calder, Steve Hutensky, Jodi Matterson, Bruna Papandrea
Screenplay: Abe Forsythe
Music: Piers Burbrook de Vere
Miss Caroline: Lupita Nyong’o
Dave: Alexander England
Teddy McGiggle: Josh Gad
Tess: Kat Stewart
Felix: Diesel La Torraca
Sara: Nadia Townsend
Army General: Marshall Napier
Rory: Glenn Hazeldine
Beth: Ava Caryofyllis
Max: Charlie Whitley
Mickey: Mason Mansour
Kim: Kim Doan
Wolfgang: Wolfgang Gledhill
Caliah: Caliah Pinones
Jack: Jack Schuback
Vivienne: Vivienne Albany
Shia: Shia Hamby
Ashton: Ashton Arokiaswamy
Frogsie: Gareth Davies
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