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Little Monsters (2019)

A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.

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Abe Forsythe

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Abe Forsythe
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lupita Nyong'o ... Miss Caroline
Josh Gad ... Teddy McGiggle
Alexander England ... Dave
Nadia Townsend ... Sara
Kat Stewart ... Tess
Stephen Peacocke ... Stevens
Diesel La Torraca ... Felix
Henry Nixon ... Security Guard Bob
Marshall Napier ... Army General
Saskia Burmeister ... Charlotte
Rahel Romahn ... Griffin
Talayna Moana Nikora ... Kimby
Felix Williamson ... Novak
Lucia Pang ... Chinese Daughter
Ava Caryofyllis ... Beth
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Storyline

Dave has decided to get over his recent breakup by seeking refuge in his nephew Felix, accompanying him on a school trip, among other things, to be able to get closer to one of the teachers, Miss Caroline. Everything seems normal, at least until a zombie invasion breaks out that will threaten Dave's plans. New horror movie icon Lupita Nyong'o nails it in this blend of comedy and gore. Written by Sitges Film Festival

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Comedy | Horror

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Rated R for bloody zombie violence, crude sexual content, language throughout and brief drug use. | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Monsters See more »

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$15,949
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2.39:1
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Trivia

Originally, the producers couldn't get the rights to use Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" in the film, as they were denied by the record label. Lupita Nyong'o is a big fan of the song and saw it as pivotal part of the screenplay, which led her to personally get in touch with Swift to explain why the song was important to her and the narrative, after which Swift granted her the rights. See more »

Quotes

Teddy McGiggle: Go away!
Miss Caroline: We have kids out here!
Teddy McGiggle: Oh my god, I don't give a shit.
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References Children of the Corn (1984) See more »

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Shake it Off
Written by Taylor Swift, Shellback, and Max Martin
Performed by Taylor Swift.
Big Machine Label Group, LLC
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If you're a zombie and you know it, eat some guts.
15 October 2019 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Slacker Dave (Alexander England) has just split up with his girlfriend of nine years and is sleeping on the couch at his sister's place. When Dave takes his five-year-old nephew Felix to school and meets pretty teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong'o), he volunteers to help on a school trip to a petting zoo in order to try and hit on her. But things go awry when there is a breach at a nearby U.S. Army testing facility, and the farm becomes over-run by flesh-eating zombies.

Zombie movies are a dime a dozen, so film-makers are constantly having to come up with new ways to keep things fresh. Little Monsters' attempt at originality involves Miss Caroline and David having to keep the little kids safe during the zombie outbreak, stopping them from being frightened by pretending that everything is a game. It's a nice try, but ultimately descends into cliché, especially with Dave's character arc: over the course of the movie, he changes from foul-mouthed loser to responsible guardian, and wins the heart of Miss Caroline. Didn't see that coming.

Fortunately, despite the ultimate predictability of the script, there's enough good stuff to make this worth a watch: there are some genuinely funny moments, many in bad taste (Dave cranking one out to a picture of Miss Caroline is hilarious, the camera pulling out to reveal that his masturbatory aid is a school photo of the teacher with her class); we get plenty of gore and the zombies are cool; the kids are actually pretty good (not as annoying as they might well have been); and Josh Gad is a blast as loathsome children's show entertainer Teddy McGiggle, who only has his best interests at heart and meets a suitably grisly fate.

All told, not a classic of the zombie genre, but I enjoyed it more than Nyong'o's other, more lauded horror, Jordan Peele's Us.


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