While she’s slaying the screen—and box office records—with Jordan Peele’s Us, Lupita Nyong’o is also slaying zombies in another 2019 horror release, the uber ridiculous Little Monsters. The hilarious Australian horror comedy is a bloody good time, but Nyong’o steals the show again.
After a rough breakup, Dave (Alexander England) winds up sleeping on his sister’s couch and serving as a poor influence on his young nephew. Still holding onto an unlikely rockstar dream, Dave hasn’t done much with his life, aside from excelling at video games. His sister forces him to help out in some way, which means playing school chauffeur. In doing so, Dave finds himself awestruck by Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o), his nephew’s angelic kindergarten teacher. Without hesitation, Dave offers to chaperone a school trip to a children’s farm to impress her.
Things don’t go so well for Dave, as he doesn’t quite catch her eye the way he’d hoped. He also has a little competition in Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad), an obnoxious children’s television personality. Unbeknownst to them, a nearby military base suffers a zombie outbreak that will slowly flood the picturesque petting zoo. It’ll be up to Dave, Miss Caroline, and Teddy to protect the classroom and escape the undead hoard.
Little Monsters is a perfect blend of Shaun of the Dead and Cooties, balancing the horror and comedy elements effortlessly. It’s such a wacky film, but that’s what makes it so much fun to watch. Gad especially has some of the most ridiculous moments, uncovering that his character isn’t exactly who he seems. I’ll just say, it’s weird hearing the voice of Olaf deliver so many expletives.
There’s a charming lead with England, but Nyong’o is the one who truly shines. Her character is another strong female lead who can handle anything you throw at her. She exudes this empowering energy that makes you feel ready to kick some zombie ass too.
Little Monsters is available to stream on Hulu