COOTIES (2014) Reviews and overview

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‘You are what they eat.’

Cooties is a 2014 American comedy horror feature film directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (Becky) from a screenplay by Ian Brennan and Leigh Whannell. The movie stars Elijah Wood (Come to Daddy; Maniac; Open Windows), Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer and Jorge Garcia.

“My name is Clint”


A mysterious virus hits a small Illinois town, affecting only the prepubescent population, transforming them into violent, feral little monsters.  The virus centralises in the town’s elementary school, and quickly the infected students have the teaching staff under siege, acting out deadly revenge fantasies with an eerie sense of childlike glee.


Finally, the teachers’ band together, led by a hapless substitute who grew up in the town, realising they must do the unthinkable if they hope to survive…


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“At its most common, Cooties feels a bit like a sitcom, but one that’s actually really funny. At its most exhilarating, it feels like a blend of Who Can Kill A Child? and Return of the Living Dead, an excellent blend of fast-paced hilarity and madness … If Cooties doesn’t have you laughing your ass off, you’re a poor dead soul.” Twitch


“Cooties is a ridiculously good time at the movies for viewers who like their laughs with a side of disembowelment. Some jokes fall flat, and there are some lazy story jumps (why is she digging? where are the parents?), but they’re the exceptions to the rule.” Film School Rejects


“Unlike most horror comedies, the humor is pervasive throughout. The tendency to relegate the humor to the back seat as the film progresses is certainly seen here but in a far less egregious way. The gore is prevalent early on and never truly lets up, but even when the situation becomes more dire and therefore more serious, the humor and witty repartee continue to flow, albeit with slightly less frequency.” Dread Central



Cast and characters:

Elijah Wood … Clint
Rainn Wilson … Wade
Alison Pill … Lucy
Jack McBrayer … Tracy
Leigh Whannell … Doug
Nasim Pedrad … Rebekkah
Ian Brennan … Vice Principal Simms
Jorge Garcia … Rick
Cooper Roth … Patriot
Miles Elliot … Dink
Morgan Lily … Tamra
Sunny May Allison … Shelly
Armani Jackson … Calvin
Peter Kwong … Mr Hatachi
Kate Flannery … Charman
Matt Jones … Sheriff Dave
Rebecca Marshall … Emily Dopkins
Jake Brennan … Lincoln
Mark Christopher Lawrence … Mr Pederson
Aiden Lovekamp … Racer
Lauren Stovall … Moon
Jared Breeze … Safety Helmet Boy
Nikita Ager … Patriot’s Mom
Angela Bullock … Rhonda
Elizabeth Bogush … Crying Mother
Boni Yanagisawa … Miss Nash
Lauren Katz … Mrs Gordon
Brian Henderson … Mr Henderson
Tammie Baird … Mrs Birk
Ashley Rae Miller … Tricycle Girl
Chloe Rose … Cootie Kid


The film went through some reshoots and a new ending was added before some successful festival showings. It was released on September 18th, 2015, theatrically and VOD.

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