Sat. Sep 24th, 2022

Lupita Nyong’o plays a kindergarten teacher who protects her children from a zombie outbreak in Little Monsters

It’s going to be a really good year for zombie comedy. We had Jim Jarmusch’s straight pan The dead don’t die in June, and the long-awaited Zombieland 2: Double Tap coming this fall. And now we have the red band trailer for Little MonstersAustralian director Abe Forsythe’s new black comedy debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) takes her young children on a school trip to Pleasant Valley Farm. Dave (Alexander England), a failed musician whose cousin is in her class, joins as a chaperone. Dave has a romantic interest in Miss Caroline and is shocked to discover that he has a rival for her affections: a famous children’s TV personality, Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad), who also happens to be on the farm, organizing all the planned activities.

But something has gone horribly wrong at a nearby military base, and a zombie outbreak turns the harmless excursion into a bloody struggle for survival. Miss Caroline, Dave and Teddy join forces to ensure the children are not eaten – and hopefully not traumatized for life by the sight of the voracious undead.

The Red Belt trailer is pretty graphic in terms of zombie gore, as you’d expect from the genre, but it’s also insanely funny in a gloriously demented way. It opens at the military base, with soldiers summoned: “It’s zombies again,” the lieutenant sighs. And since these soldiers know their knowledge about zombies, one asks, “Fast, or slow, sir?” Luckily they’re the slow ones, but they’re still mobile enough to deal major damage on Pleasant Valley Farm.

Then we get some heartwarming idyllic scenes of Miss Caroline and her loads enjoying the delights of the farm – just before they encounter a voracious zombie blocking the road so their tram can’t pass. And the clever Miss Caroline keeps her chin up and her face perky, to better protect the kids, turning zombie avoidance into an elaborate game of tag (all zombies are “It”). A few rounds of “If You’re Happy and You Know It” makes for a soothing nighttime balm. It should be noted that Teddy does not admirably exonerate himself and takes a well-deserved blow from Miss Caroline. We love Dave’s chances with her, assuming they all survive.

Little Monsters hits theaters in the UK and Ireland on November 15, 2019, and hopefully everywhere soon after. After Sundance, NEON and Hulu won an intense bidding war for the rights, ostensibly with the plan to combine a theatrical release with cross-promotion on Hulu’s streaming platform.

List of image by YouTube/Altitude Films

By akfire1

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