‘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. It 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 centralizes 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…
” …it’s a return to the days of ’70s and ’80s cinema where there were no rules about who could die or be terribly maimed onscreen. 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.” Michele “Izzy” Galgana, Twitchfilm
“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.” Brad McHargue, Dread Central