‘Cooties’ – Review
By Lynn Sorel
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.
Our Thoughts: ‘Cootie’s begins in a rather grotesque manner, with the processing of chicken nuggets, from an apparent diseased chicken, which end up on the children’s plates at the elementary school in the town of “Fort Chicken,” ironically enough.
The story centers around Clint Hudson, a struggling writer who is substitute teaching summer school in his hometown. The outbreak takes off fast, starting with a little girl in his class, who is teased relentlessly as the students assume that her blisters are “cooties”. The virus spreads by both bite and scratching, turning innocent children into blood thirsty zombies in a matter of seconds.
The comedy of ‘Cooties’ is satire mixed with 80’s homage, and a dash of political commentary. The characters range from red neck gym teacher Wade, to the man-hater Rebekkah, and my favorite, the creepy science/biology teacher Doug. Some self-awareness of the film is even thrown in, with a Hobbit joke about Elijah Wood’s character Clint. All of the acting is excellent, which is exactly what you would expect from an a semi-all star cast that includes Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer. However, screenwriter Leigh Whannell stands out as the hilariously creepy teacher Doug.
The gore is top notch, the zombies are vicious and this movie is a hilarious new addition to the zombie genre. For horror fans who have seen it all, as most of you are if you’re on our website, ‘Cooties’ is a refreshingly original film that you won’t want to miss!