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LITTLE MONSTERS follows Dave (Alexander England), a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew's kindergarten class field trip after taking a serious liking to the fearless schoolteacher, Audrey Caroline (Lupita Nyong'o). Dave's intentions are complicated by the presence of the world's most famous kids' show personality and competition for Miss Caroline's affections, Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad).

One thing none of them bargained for, however, is a sudden zombie outbreak. Will Dave rise to the occasion and have a chance at Miss Caroline's heart, or will the zombies get there first?

A film dedicated to all the kindergarten teachers who motivate children to learn, instill them with confidence and stop them from being devoured by zombies.


One thing I have learned over the last decade is how important it is for me to have a personal connection to the work I'm doing.

My last film ''Down Under'' was conceived and written when I found out I was going to be a father to a son. If I were to distill the meaning of ''Down Under'', it was about toxic masculinity and males inability to properly connect with anyone. It condemned that behavior by making us laugh in its face.

I'm now the father of a seven-year-old boy. When I was writing ''LITTLE MONSTERS'' he was 5 and had just finished his first year of kindergarten. It was a momentous year for us both. My son has had a number of health conditions since he was a baby, so it was a big thing for me to relinquish control to his kindergarten teacher. Not only was she responsible for his emotional development but she also had to look out for him in other ways to make sure he didn't end up in the hospital or die.

My son hit the jackpot with his teacher. Not only did she protect his health, but she also started to prepare him for the world beyond his father. I've seen my boy fall in love with her and the world around him.

So what is ''LITTLE MONSTERS'' about?

When we are surrounded by the horrors of the world, how do we retain our innocence? It is a celebration of what it means to be a child, told in a completely unexpected way, which ultimately makes it all the more profound.

I look at how my son has faced adversity in his short life and taken a huge amount of inspiration from how strong he is. Everything he has learned about-facing these challenges is in this movie. It is a love letter to him and everything he's taught me, as well as being a love letter to all the kindergarten teachers out there, who we entrust to protect our children.

I wanted to make a movie that conveys these messages in a way we haven't seen before. That's why Dave and Miss Caroline find themselves in a situation where they not only have to stop a group of five-year-olds from being devoured by zombies, they also have to protect their innocent little minds.

Comedy and horror work with the same principals. The audience needs to believe the world of the movie before they can laugh or jump at the things you are throwing at them. Jokes and scares only work when they're given context. It's the very simple mechanics of setting something up and paying it off. I love it when comedy makes you laugh, whilst also giving you a deeper understanding of who a characters is. But horror can take you into the world of a character by making you share the same emotional experience they are.

Let me talk about Miss Caroline for a second. It was my intention for her to be a Halloween costume once this movie comes out. The sweet-looking kindergarten teacher, who wears a bum-bag and plays the ukulele, is also the woman you would want in charge of your children if they were to ever find themselves in a zombie apocalypse. She's a much more upbeat version of Ripley or Sarah Connor. And Lupita Nyong'o was the only person I wanted playing this role. If I never get to make another movie, I feel immensely privileged to have had the opportunity to create a character and have her brought to life by one of my favorite actors.

This isn't a grungy horror film. It's a comedy that is overrun by zombies. Thematically there were a lot of things to grab hold of and bring to life - innocence and terror clashing against each other not only offered us countless opportunities for visual gags, but more importantly, visually communicating the beauty of humanity in a horrible situation.

Our world is fucked up right now. Seriously fucked up. That recent footage of the bewildered Syrian boy in the ambulance shook me to my core. That image sums up what this movie is about. How do we let children be children when we are living in a world of heightened and bloody conflict?

''LITTLE MONSTERS'' was partly conceived in response to what the world is going through. I wanted the final image to be one of hope. I want people to feel uplifted. This movie has a happy ending. It is a celebration of what it means to be a child.

And it's a reminder for us adults to sing some Taylor Swift and chill the fuck out.

Abe Forsythe

Little Monsters Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Abe Forsythe

Writing Credits

Abe Forsythe


Alexander England

Lupita Nyong'o

Josh Gad

Kat Stewart

Diesel La Torraca

Ava Caryofyllis

Nadia Townsend

Glenn Hazeldine

Marshall Napier

Music by

Piers Burbrook de Vere

Cinematography by

Lachlan Milne

Genres: Comedy, Horror

Countries: United Kingdom, Australia, United States

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