Little monsters will make you smile as the world burns
“Little Monsters” is a really delicious watch. When it comes to horror comedies, it stands out for its sugar-coated reality. Adults must pretend that everything will be fine despite the dire situation. Seems familiar?
The two main characters meet halfway to their current place in life as their affection blossoms. Dave is jaded because he caught his girlfriend (to whom he was going to propose) cheating on him and moved in with his sister to take charge of his life. Once he meets Miss Caroline, he instantly falls in love with her charm. Dave is your typical douchebag to begin with, but as his responsibility and affection grows so does his maturity – without the female interest having to force him or plead for it.
There are a lot of healthy aspects to this movie in a zombie attack context. Children are not morons or the menace like in “Cooties”. They mobilize to protect each other and their beloved teacher although they do not fully understand the depth of the danger. Instead, they think they’re in some kind of a game, and they’re still pretty safe. However, they are aware of real dangers like Felix’s deadly food allergy, and when he accidentally eats a snack containing his allergen, Miss Caroline risks her own life to get the bag with her EpiPen. I have to thank Forsythe for writing the correct use and administration of EpiPens in the script, as well as a realistic description of food allergies in general.
“Little Monsters” is a zombie movie with a lot of heart but not a lot of gore. If you are looking for something scary, look elsewhere. What makes this movie great is its dark comedy, sweetness, and general cheerfulness in chaos. It’s also a fitting validation for the chaotic nature of the past two years and how to find pleasure in despair. Forsythe also highlights teachers as being heroic, courageous, and ruthless in the face of danger (which they certainly are these days). The film serves as a reminder to cherish the sweet little moments. Even though the world feels like it’s coming to an end and there isn’t much to look forward to, there are still things to smile and laugh about, and to fight for along the way.