LITTLE MONSTERS, Dir. Abe Forsythe, Australia, USA, UK, 94 min. 2019
Beyond Fest alumnus Abe Forsythe (2016s DOWN UNDER) returns to the festival triumphant! LITTLE MONSTERS, his second feature, is the kind of film one would describe as all killer, no filler, with a stupendous turn from Lupita Nyong'o as Miss Carolinea kick-ass kindergarten teacher determined to keep her class alive no matter the costand more gore than you can shake a stick at. Forsythes self-avowed R-rated Pixar film is guaranteed to paint your evening a whimsical blood-red.
Dave (Alexander England) is a washed-up millennial musician going nowhere fast post-vicious breakup with his ex. Desperate to impress his nephews teacher, Miss Caroline, he agrees to help chaperone the kids on an excursion to the petting zoo. However, escaped zombies from the military base next door threaten to derail the entire day. Now Dave, Caroline, and TV personality Teddy McGiggle must work together to keep the kids alive and survive the day without dying at the hands of the flesh-hungry hordes.
Humorous and brilliantly bloody, LITTLE MONSTERS blasts onto the screen and reaffirms what we all knew last time Forsythe was at the festival: Heres a talent at the top of his game who knows exactly what hes doing and whose take on a well-worn subgenre is a breath of bloody fresh air that will rejuvenate even the most undead of audience members. - Evrim Ersoy
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