In addition to The Lodge, another horror movie has enjoyed early success at the Sundance Film Festival, with Little Monsters being acquired by NEON and Hulu following its world premiere in Park City.
Deadline reports that NEON and Hulu came away with the distribution rights to the zombie horror comedy following a competitive bidding battle with other studios at Sundance.
Being described as "Zombieland meets Kindergarten Cop," Little Monsters is expected to get a theatrical release from NEON before going to Hulu for streamers to enjoy.
Written and directed by Abe Forsythe, Little Monsters stars Alexander England, Lupita Nyong’o, and Josh Gad.
Synopsis (via Sundance): "After a rough breakup, directionless Dave (Alexander England) crashes at his sister’s place and spends his days expanding his young nephew’s questionable vocabulary. When an opportunity arises to chaperone an upcoming school excursion alongside the charming and enigmatic teacher, Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o), Dave jumps at the chance to impress her. What he wasn’t anticipating was Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad), an obnoxious children’s television personality who shapes the excursion’s activities. What he was expecting even less was a zombie invasion, which unfolds after an experiment at a nearby military base goes awry. Armed only with the resourcefulness of kindergartners, Dave, Miss Caroline, and Teddy must work together to keep the monsters at bay and carve a way out with their guts intact."
Heather Wixson was at the world premiere of Little Monsters and tweeted her initial thoughts on the film:
Oh my gosh, #LITTLEMONSTERSMOVIE was a fantastic time! As someone who has a deep-rooted love for horror comedy, I thought it was a total blast. Lupita Nyong’o shines & Josh Gad is a riot. Easily my favorite midnighter of this year’s #Sundance - what an absolute delight.
— Heather Wixson (@thehorrorchick) January 28, 2019