I watch a lot of zombie movies. A lot. Zombie films are not often rated highly by IMDB and other aggregator sources. In fact, some of the best zombie films have a mere 40-50% audience approval. Then there’s Little Monsters. This film has garnered 100% (no joke) audience approval on Rotten Tomatoes. Frankly, I didn’t think that was possible and I was prepared to hate-watch it just to ridicule it and tear it apart.
Instead I found myself laughing and cheering with almost every scene, from the death metal Christian music, to the ukulele zombie “pied piper,” to the zombie puppet sidekick. I couldn’t find any significant flaws. It earned it. It really was a very well-rounded zombie/horror/comedy, and one of the best I’ve seen. More importantly, the characters each had lots of character development and still stayed true to their origins — growing enough to make the film an honest and remarkable almost family-friendly tale of flesh-eating redemption and apocalyptic survival.
If all of that isn’t enough, the Australian location and international cast provides adorable accents and the only real human villain is a Pee-wee Herman wannabe that makes it ridiculously easy to dislike him.
Watch it. Watch it now.
This film was designed to portray how an ultra-woke couple would deal with an alien invasion. On the verge of becoming social outcasts and losing their income and respect for one another, a NY couple is offered the opportunity to stay at a cabin for a week. They decide to go offline for their vacation to make it more personal and rekindle their relationship.
The tagline for this film is “Turning off their phones was the dumbest idea on the planet.” Sure, but their first instinct the moment they had cell service again and learned that there was an alien invasion was to rush from the comparable safety of the forest back to the city as quickly as possible. The same city that was already leveled by the aliens.
Save Yourselves! — Don’t waste your time on this movie
They’re being attacked by aliens that literally suck the life out of people, and Su adamantly refuses to arm herself to defend from their attackers. She’s perfectly happy to chop up the little furballs when actually attacked (and then feeling guilty for saving her friends life afterwards), but no guns.
They’re perfectly happy to lie to each other while discussing why they need to be more honest and open, break promises and insult each other left and right. One of the opening scenes at the cabin is Jack talking about how he wants to learn how to make a rabbit trap to “humanely” capture them. In the final scene they’re captured in much the same way that a rabbit trap works. “Humanely.” They’ll end up being food for the puffs.
If you’re a fan of the end-of-the-world/zombie-apocalypse/alien-invasion genre then you’ll probably want to skip this one. There is very little to redeem this film. In thinking it through to write this up, the only real redemptive part is that you get to see these two babbling idiots place their politics above their lives again and again and again, demonstrating how true believers are insane.
This is the part of the review where I would normally try to explain that it really wasn’t the absolutely worst movie I’ve ever seen. And I’ve been trying for over 6 months now to think of any movie that’s worse. There just has to be one, right? No. Really.
Alien Dawn is the absolutely worst movie of all time. It’s the worst movie ever created in all of history. There’s a good chance I could even add “or that could ever be,” but I’ll bet the writer/director of Alien Dawn, Neil Johnson, would take it as a challenge to create a part 2. It’s not even “Plan 9 From Outer Space” bad, it’s just “I wish I would have taken my own advice and stopped watching 2 minutes into the movie” bad.
Don’t do it to yourself. This movie is not worth the time.
If you choose to ignore my sage wisdom on this, I’d love to laugh at your justification for actually watching it all the way through. Please, do tell…