“Little Monsters” is one of those horror-comedies that’s not nearly as clever as it thinks it is, but is still a buttload of fun anyways. The central concept, which pairs flesh-eating zombies with children in peril during a school field trip, is pretty basic despite its best efforts to convince you otherwise, but director-writer Abe Forsythe has a knack with snappy dialogue and keeps things moving pretty briskly. Additionally, his movie is aided greatly by a trio of winning performances that make the experience all the more entertaining: Alexander England is charming in a loveable-lazy-stoner kind of way, while Lupita Nyong’o seems to be enjoying herself cutting loose a bit, and Josh Gad digs into his dirtbag character like nothing could be more fun. Like 2014’s “Cooties” and 2015’s “The Final Girls” before it, “Little Monsters” seems made for – and by – longtime genre fans, but even casual viewers will find plenty to like here, especially since the mainstreaming of zombie entertainment has arguably diluted the subgenre’s shock factor and made it more palatable for most audiences.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)