Number 21 on the Countdown to Halloween
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
Little Monsters just released today on Hulu, which works for me because I knew I wanted it to make the Countdown to Halloween! More of a comedy than a horror, Little Monsters is a cute zombie outbreak movie.
Dave (Alexander England) is a deadbeat boyfriend who was just kicked out of his girlfriend’s place. He moves in with his sister Tess (Kat Stewart) and her five year old son Felix (Diesel La Torraca), but that doesn’t stop him from being a foul mouthed jerk. In the process, he seems to keep exposing Felix to inappropriate situations along the way. When his sister forces him to take Felix to school, he meets his teacher Ms. Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o). Instantly smitten… let’s be honest, she’s gorgeous, we all developed a bit of a crush.. Dave begins lying about who he is in an attempt to impress her, with no success. However, when he hears about a chaperone who can’t make it to the upcoming field trip, he’s quick to volunteer.
Not Stupid, Tess picks up on why he wants to go on the trip, even though Dave denies it. Ms. Caroline takes the kids to a place called Pleasant Farm where the kids can learn about animals, play mini golf, and more. Unfortunately, Pleasant Farm is right down the road from the US Army Testing Facility… because, why not…? And even worse, their field trip just happens to land on the same day that the testing facility had an outbreak. Now, trapped at the farm surrounded by zombies, Ms. Caroline and Dave must find a way to protect the kids while protecting their innocence.
I just want to start by saying, I was able to write the entire breakdown without telling you about Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad). That’s because that character didn’t add anything to the story. He didn’t make or break the story. Teddy was such a weird character that I felt should have been left out. It seemed like they put him in their to be the brash comedy relief, but he wasn’t. The scenes with him were just awkward. Like I said, if they removed him from the entire movie, it wouldn’t have changed much.
Outside of that, I really did enjoy this movie. I made sure to go into it remembering that this was supposed to be a comedy horror. That always makes the difference. I do feel that the zombies were more of an afterthought though, like Little Monsters was more focused on the comedy or sweet aspect instead of the zombies.
Speaking of the zombies, this is another movie where I need to give a shout out to the entire makeup department! The zombies looked amazing. You all did a fantastic job, and it was awesome seeing zombies so well done, in daylight. I only say that because most of the time, once a bright light hits the creature in question, suddenly they look cheesy but that didn’t happen here.
This was definitely a fun watch with some cool visuals. As I said before, it was much more of a sweet comedy than a horror, but we can’t deny the horror that it has. Unfortunately, this isn’t a True Fear kind of movie, but I think everyone can enjoy Little Monsters, blood, gore, and all.