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Ciné Sunday: Little Monsters

Abe Forsythe

From Shaun of the Dead to Scotland’s home-grown Anna and the Apocalypse, there has been no shortage of zombie-survival comedies in recent years. Sydney-based filmmaker Abe Forsythe’s Little Monsters is a welcome addition to the growing subgenre of the ‘zom-com’. Full of humorous gags, suspenseful scares and fleshy gore, this is also a zombie survival film that is, sweetly, full of heart.

"A zombie survival film that is, sweetly, full of heart."

After a rough breakup, directionless Dave (Alexander 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 charming and enigmatic teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o), Dave jumps at the chance to impress her. What he wasn’t anticipating was Teddy McGiggle (Josh 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 kindergarteners, Dave, Miss Caroline, and Teddy must work together to keep the monsters at bay and carve a way out with their guts intact.

Doused with a generous helping of absurdity, and pitch-perfect in its timing, this genre comedy forges a path all its own, blending gore and wit like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Writer-director Forsythe has crafted a wild, frenetic ride with Little Monsters, bolstered by a knowing self-awareness and an uproarious cast.