LUPITA NYONG’O stars in this low-budget Aussie zombie flick, which isn’t remotely scary but is funny, borrowing more from Shaun Of The Dead than horror movie director George Romero.
Miss Caroline (Nyong’o) is a bright-eyed, cheery Christian primary school teacher taking her pupils on a day trip to a petting zoo.
Helping her is Dave (Alexander England), a foul-mouthed idiot who can’t keep a job or a girlfriend but is uncle to one of her pupils and fancies a crack at their teacher.
Whoever thought it was a good idea to locate a top-secret US military experiment next to a petting zoo needs to have a quiet word with themselves.
Predictably, their “re-animation” experiment goes horribly wrong, unleashing a zombie riot on the neighbouring farm.
Along with children’s TV star/nasty piece of work Teddy (Josh Gad) the pair must find a way of escaping with the class.
It’s OK, I suppose, though its attempt to forge a School Of Rock dynamic between Dave and the pupils only goes to illustrate just how good the Jack Black movie was.
Gad’s character, meanwhile, is the worst thing in the whole film.
Some of the gags work well, however – one in particular, involving a photograph – while Nyong’o’s dazzling screen presence and the charming kids elevate this just above your typical zom-com.