Lupita Nyong'o, Alexander England, and Josh Gad protect a group of kindergarteners from zombies in the U.S. red band trailer for Little Monsters. Written and directed by Abe Forsythe (Down Under) and produced by Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder (for Snoot Entertainment), Little Monsters pits a recently washed-up musician (England), a loud-mouthed children’s television personality (Gad), and an extra-chipper teacher (Nyong'o) against a horde of brain-munching monsters, after an experiment-gone-wrong at a military base raises the dead. It bowed at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and was picked up by Neon and Hulu shortly thereafter.
Reviews have been generally positive so far, with Little Monsters drawing comparisons to Peter Jackson's early splatter horror-comedy films (a la Dead Alive), as well as more recent zombie genre hybrids like Shaun of the Dead. It's set to make its debut on Hulu in October, and kicked off its marketing with an international trailer back in July. Now, the movie's official U.S. preview has been unveiled.
The Little Monsters U.S. red band trailer dropped online this morning, ahead of Hulu's limited theatrical event on Tuesday, October 8. You can check it out in the space below.
By and large, this trailer is more geared towards generating hype for Little Monsters than revealing anything new, as far as the movie's plot is concerned. It only makes sense, though; thanks to the positive early word of mouth, the preview has plenty of critic pull-quotes to choose from and include here (which it does). Nyong'o is also an important selling point for the film, if only because the Oscar-winner is better known for prestigious dramas like 12 Years a Slave or high-minded commercial fare like Black Panther and Us. Little Monsters, on the other hand, seems pretty unapologetic about being a tongue in cheek B-movie, which gives Nyong'o the chance to ham it up and be ridiculous in ways that she normally isn't onscreen.
Little Monsters' release on Hulu is equally unusual, in the sense that the streamer is better known for its Original shows than movies. Hulu has released a string of exclusive documentaries over the last few years (including, perhaps most famously, this year's Fyre Festival documentary Fyre Fraud), but haven't been churning out feature films or acquiring movies from the festival circuit like Netflix and Amazon recently. That could change in the future, now that Disney controls Hulu and plans to use it to house content deemed inappropriate for its upcoming Disney Plus platform. Naturally, this will include decidedly not family-friendly films like the R-rated Little Monsters.
Little Monsters becomes available on Hulu starting Friday, October 11.