Cooties tells the story of a rural primary school that is struck by a strange virus which turns its students into little monsters. The faculty must band together to formulate a plan if they stand any hope of survival. Led by an unexpected hero, the staff works together to take on the little creeps that are keen to make a snack out of their teachers.
Cooties is Elijah Wood’s next venture into the horror genre. The film is being produced by Wood’s production company SpectreVision (formerly known as Woodshed). It is helmed by a lot of fresh talent. Save for co-writer Leigh Whannell, the rest of the creative team is fairly green. Cooties is directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott. This picture marks both Murnion’s and Milott’s first feature film directorial effort. The script in co-penned by Saw scribe Lee Whannell and Ian Brennan. Cooties marks Brennan’s first feature film writing credit.
Cooties screened at Sundance 2014 and is scheduled for a theatrical release on October 10, 2014. The early reviews have been mixed. At first glance, the film sounds somewhat like the 2008 British horror film The Children set in an elementary school. But after further inspection, I am optimistic that Cooties will diversify itself and stand out as an original and entertaining feature.
Director(s): Cary Murnion, Jonathan Milott
Writer(s): Ian Brennan, Leigh Whannell
Stars: Alison Pill, Elijah Wood, Jack McBrayer, Jorge Garcia, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Predrad, Rainn Wilson
Release: October 10, 2014
Studio/ Production Co: SpectreVision
Length: 96 Minutes