Lupita Nyong’o has already got one horror hit on her hands with Jordan Peele’s US, but after Little Monsters should have scored another.
Having said this, Little Monsters is much more comedy than horror, with a few zombies thrown in for good measure.
Where it succeeds is in its characterizations as Dave, a down and out wannabe musician ends up on a school trip with his nephew whose teacher is N’Yong’o. Dave isn’t a fan of kids and if he thought the trip couldn’t get any worse, they’ve stumbled upon a zombie outbreak.
Throw into the mix a disgruntled children’s entertainer in Teddy McGiggle and you have a recipe for hilarity.
It’s gory when it needs to be but its the jokes that really make Little Monsters a real treat, plus the overarching theme of a film with a message is underplayed as to not trample over the laughs.
Although the finale felt slightly formulaic, there’s plenty to appreciate about the route the film takes to what could have easily been another Shaun of the Dead clone.
Little Monsters is released in the UK on 15th November 2019.