Cooties – USA, 2014 – overview and reviews



‘You are what they eat.’

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

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



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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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“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 film

“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


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