Do you want to see Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o fight zombies with a ukulele? Then you’re going to love the red-band trailer for Little Monsters.
After scarring us for life with her eerie performance in Jordan Peele’s Us, Lupita is back in another horror movie. This one is more of a horror-comedy along the lines of Shaun of the Dead, but it’s still not for the squeamish judging by the new red-band trailer. Warning: There is lots of gore and some adult language in the video below!
Lupita stars as Miss Caroline, a sweet, primly dressed kindergarten teacher taking her class on a field trip. Unfortunately, a zombie outbreak spoils their day at the petting zoo. With her co-chaperone (Alexander England) and a brash, foul-mouthed children’s entertainer (Josh Gad), Miss Caroline has to find a way to save the children and shield them from the terrifying reality of a zombie horde.
Director Abe Forsythe described Little Monsters as an “R-rated Pixar movie,” which is something I haven’t seen before. Is it possible that they’ve found a fresh take on a tired genre?
The zombie outbreak begins when an experiment at the military base next to the petting zoo goes horribly wrong. The soldiers are blase about it, with one man casually asking whether they’re dealing with fast ones or slow ones.
“My God, they’re slow,” the soldier quips as we see one of the walking dead amble past. Even though the zombies should be easy enough to tackle, it seems like they quickly overtake both the military and the people enjoying a nice day out at the park.
As a casual ukulele enthusiast, I can tell you that they’d make terrible weapons in a zombie uprising. She’s much better off with the shovel she wields later in the trailer.
Let’s address the elephant in the room. Those of us who grew up in the 90s remember Little Monsters as a Fred Savage movie. You know, the one where he’s best buddies with a monster who lives under his bed. It’s not a very good movie, but it’s the first thing that most folks in their 30s and 40s think of when they hear that title.
In the digital age, it seems like movie studios might try googling this kind of thing before they print up all the posters. But maybe the 2019 version of Little Monsters will be so amazing and iconic that no one will remember the other one.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!