Lupita Nyong’o co-starred in ‘Black Panther’ with Danai Gurira, who had previously gained fame as zombie slayer Michonne Hawthorne on the hit series ‘The Walking Dead’. Now Nyong’o is joining Gurira in the zombie-slaying game in her new horror-comedy ‘Little Monsters’, directed by Abe Forsythe. Josh Gad and Alexander England co-star.
After a rough breakup, directionless Dave (England) crashes at his sister’s place and spends his days expanding his young nephew’s questionable vocabulary. When an opportunity arises to chaperone an upcoming school excursion alongside the charming and enigmatic teacher Miss Caroline (Nyong’o), Dave jumps at the chance to impress her. What he wasn’t anticipating was Teddy McGiggle (Gad), an obnoxious children’s television personality who shapes the excursion’s activities. What he was expecting even less was a zombie invasion, which unfolds after an experiment at a nearby military base goes awry. Armed only with the resourcefulness of kindergartners, Dave, Miss Caroline and Teddy must work together to keep the monsters at bay and carve a way out with their guts intact.
The fact that this film is British automatically draws comparisons to ‘Shaun of the Dead’, which is a good thing. But this picture takes an unexpected turn with the inclusion of children. The fact that Miss Caroline and Dave have to protect these moppets while trying to keep the truth about their circumstance from them adds an extra challenge to their survival tactics. Gad is along as a foul-mouth egotist, who, despite his job, doesn’t really seem all that concerned with kids. Among the hilarious sights in the trailer is a zombie dressed in a koala costume!
Check out the trailer below, but be careful! Due to foul language, it’s not quite SFW:
There seems to be a bit of a zombie comedy trend this year, as ‘Little Monsters’ will follow the releases of Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ and Ruben Fleischer’s ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’. Sounds like a pretty fun film festival!
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