In the horror comedy LITTLE MONSTERS Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o has to deal with a horde of undead. It’s not particularly original, but it’s still a lot of fun. We reveal more about this in our review.
Dave tries to escape the zombie invasion.
The plot summary
After an unpleasant breakup with his girlfriend, the unsuccessful street musician Dave (Alexander England) volunteers to accompany his little nephew’s kindergarten trip to a popular amusement park. He hopes to get closer to the charismatic and committed educator Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o). However, he has to vie for the favor of Miss Caroline with, of all people, the extremely popular but not really people-friendly children’s entertainer Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad). The trip takes an unexpected turn for everyone involved when the theme park is overrun by zombies. Now only one thing counts for Dave and Miss Caroline: They must save the children from the undead at all costs and bring their charges to safety.
Little Monsters Movie Meaning & ending
A horror comedy is rarely a horror comedy. Most films touted in this way are actually simply comedies spiced up with one or another horror element (usually a certain type of character). “Shaun of the Dead” or “Zombieland” – you can tell that the undead are at the forefront of such genre mixes – hardly anyone will have been really frightened. Abe Forsythe’s directing and screenplay work “Little Monsters” is of this caliber, in which he sends a charming, music-loving kindergarten teacher alongside her three-cheese-high protégés into a fight against zombies that come to life in, of all places, a military base right next to a petting zoo. What follows has actually already been seen countless times in its combination of bloody splatter and hearty to silly comedy bits, but is staged by Abe Forsythe (“Down Under”) with great attention to absurd detail. She has support from the stunning Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and the wonderfully authentic Alexander England (“Alien: Covenant”) , who oscillates between dumb and loving, who are really good both in combination and alone function.
Dave (Alexander England) scares the kindergarten group with his music.
When Abe Forsythe begins his film by giving the audience an insight into Dave’s everyday life, in which the relationship with his son and his mother consists primarily of stress and misunderstandings, it quickly becomes clear what the auteur filmmaker is aiming for with his title: As ” Little Monsters” could just as well describe the kindergarten children who are the focus here (including his own nephew), who drive Dave crazy as a substitute kindergarten teacher. Combined with the zombie hordes, a lot of the humor ultimately comes from Caroline’s helpless attempts to sell the invasion to her charges as a “It’s all part of it!” attraction. This unusual premise, in which children encounter the undead, results in some delicious punchlines, which often result from the fact that people are able to defend themselves against the attackers by accident rather than specifically. Nevertheless, the horror factor largely falls by the wayside in “Little Monsters”. Once again we are dealing with a comedy with horror elements, from which real tension rarely emerges. And there are hardly any sensational jump scares here – but that is anything but negative.
With Josh Gad (“The Bridesmaids”) as a crazy child magician, “Little Monsters” has another advantage that pushes the film clearly into the comedy corner. In general, the zombie hunt probably works best as a big piece of fun, which cameraman Lachlan Milne (“Where the Wild People Hunt”) dresses up in high-quality images that emphasize the vastness of the area. With detailed panoramic panning shots, the recordings provide a good overview of the situation; You always know exactly what people’s situation is and exactly how many zombies they have to deal with. This is pleasant in a cinema, where shake cameras are often used to create a close proximity to the action, but this usually results in confusion. But Milne always comes close. Especially when it comes to capturing the high-quality effect make-up of the undead. Both their masquerade and the predominantly haptic (sometimes quite drastic) trick effects sometimes turn “Little Monsters” into an 80s memorial party – Tom Savini would certainly be very impressed with the work here.
Although “Little Monsters” is mostly about Caroline keeping her children safe from the zombies (or them keeping themselves safe), Abe Forsythe also has a little romance in store for her and Dave. The course of this liaison, which follows typical genre set pieces, is clearly predetermined from the start – and if we weren’t dealing with Lupita Nyong’o and Alexander England, who make their stereotypes grounded, authentic characters with rough edges, the film would be like this A lack of new impulses can quickly be blamed. But the two actors give themselves so passionately to the classic “whatever teases, loves each other” scheme, including a predetermined happy ending, that you are only too happy to be carried away by it. Josh Gad as a distant, awkwardly flirting rival adds additional spice to this predictable story construct. In the end, “Little Monsters” turns out to be one of those films that can make up for its lack of innovation with passion for the familiar formulas. And just for the idea of using children who turn out to be remarkably tough as opponents for the zombies in the finale, Abe Forsythe deserves a bonus point or two.
Conclusion: We’ve seen the combination of zombie horror and comedy several times before, but thanks to a committed cast and a good feel for merging humor and seriousness, director Abe Forsythe succeeds in creating a charmingly entertaining contribution to a genre that has actually long since been exhausted, its bloodthirsty carnivores look pretty nasty.
“Little Monsters” can be seen in USA cinemas from August 29th.