Always on the hunt for a horror bargain, I picked up Zombies: Wicked Little Things. The plot outline is revealed in the opening minutes of the movie with a nice scene set in the mines of 1913 and the fate of the children at the hands of the greedy mine owner is established, providing a nice backstory for the film to work from.
Zombies: Wicked Little Things boasts quite the cast with young horror stars Scout Taylor Compton (Rob Zombie's Halloween) and Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) alongside the legendary Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil's Rejects) who helps explain the legend behind the malevolent children; and the always impressive and underused Ben Cross (Dark Shadows: The Revival, Exorcist: The Beginning). My problem with the casting cropped up when Tim showed his face... it was Ethan from Hollyoaks (Craig Vye) sporting a ridiculous floppy hairdo and a ridiculous attempt at an American accent!
After viewing for a while, I was concerned with the title of the film since to my mind, these are not classic cinematic zombies and I am of the opinion that the makers have chosen this title simply to cash in on the popularity of the genre. The "zombies" here are not mindless shambling ghouls but vengeful undead children intent on killing those who enter the woods and searching for the bloodline of the man who sealed their fate. Don't worry fiends, there's plenty of flesh-eating to keep you going.
There's nothing overly complex about the plot or set up of ZWLT and ultimately, for me, the film plays out like a dark fairytale with appropriate moral messages strewn throughout the film. However, despite the fact that kids in horror movies are generally creepy and this flick has enough gore and death to keep it ticking along, it's just not scary on any level. The ending is a bit twee for my liking but then again, this is probably in keeping with the film's dark fairytale feel.
Zombies: Wicked Little Things is an enjoyable enough film that contains many quintessential horror elements; creepy kids, abandoned mine, spooky house, brooding woodsmen, family wrought with personal issues and promiscuous teenagers but yet fails to really deliver.