Story-wise, Wicked Little Things provides a fun little jaunt and a relatively fresh take on the zombie menace. Sure, we've seen similar before, but it's been awhile and it's done pretty well this time around. Mix in a few extra elements of Karen Tunney and her dead husband's family tree and its ties to the mine, and our story is rounded out a bit more. Throw in the local hill jack, Hanks (B-movie stalwart Ben Cross) and his steeped knowledge and feeding of the terrible tots and we flesh out more of the background of our monster. That said, aside from the screechy teen daughter becoming some what grating at times (soon to be Laurie Strode, Scout Taylor-Compton), most everybody turns in a decent enough performance to help pull you into the story and make the entire thing more of a cohesive whole.
Wicked Little Things is not the second coming of the Zombie Canon, yet it is a solid enough title to fit the genre and keep us entertained. Light on gore in the traditional sense, some of the diehard genre fans may find this one a bit disappointing in that respect. The gore is there, it's just not as gooey as we might hope for normally. That said, for a slightly creepy tale filled with lots of dark yet beautiful scenery with a decent enough back-story to keep us moving along, this one is definitely worth the rental price, but I would hold off on the full purchase until you can give it a once over for yourself.
3.5 Chilling Children out of 5.
Interesting Note: On my post-viewing perusal of Wicked Little Things I learned that originally this movie was to be entitled Zombies and directed by Tobe Hooper. While I don't know why he was pulled off this spooky flick, I can't say I mind with the performance of his latest entries into the horror genre. Regardless, it still would have be interesting to see what the father of Leatherface would have done with a zombie story.