Cooties (2014) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Directed By: Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion
Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill
Rated: R/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Lionsgate Films
COOTIES is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.
Elijah Wood has had a very interesting career, not counting the obvious, we’ve seen him bring the creep factor in both Sin City and the remake of Manic, but I think he’s also bringing the goods when you see him hamming it up in light natured horror movies with very nasty dark undertones. That brings us to Cooties. A movie that follows an infected batch of chicken nuggets as they cause a girl to get sick at Summer school and it soon spreads. Wood is here as our wannabe writer, who is just trying to be the cool teacher. He’s also trying to swoon his fellow teacher, Lucy, who is played by Alison Pill. Only trouble there is she’s dating the rather jerkish, Wade, who is played by the always funny Rainn Wilson. That fits well into things because Cooties is just as much a comedy as it is a horror film. These little kids are infected and going all zombie on a group of teachers stuck in the school and you see them trying to eat people and get picked off, as everyone else brings their comedic nature to the situation. Also among the cast is Leigh Whannell, the man who you might remember from SAW. He wrote this and also plays another funny teacher caught in the mayhem. Does that comedy maybe over-ride the horror a bit too much? That is a matter of opinion, but I won’t be tossing stones at anyone who does think so.
The film is fun and very much worth your time, but it far from perfect. We could have used a bit more of a body-count and perhaps the worst thing about the movie is the ending. I won’t give anything at all away, but I don’t see many people being happy with it. The film is also rather on the short side, so you almost feel part of the movie is missing with what happens at the end. That is pretty much the bad of Cooties. Everything else before that is pretty fun stuff. We see lots of blood, we see some gross stuff, and we see some very funny actors do what they do best in the middle of a very comedic horror film. Elijah Wood is clearly the star here and he keeps proving that he can play any role of any time. We also get a bit of a wink-wink joke tossed in between his and Rainn Wilson’s character that I’m sure everyone will love. Cooties may very well be a hit and miss movie in the eyes of some horror fans, but if you don’t mind just as many laughs as dead bodies in your horror movies, then you should like this one enough.
– The Cootieary (Cast and Crew Commentary)
– Circle, Circle, Dot, Dot. . .Catching Cooties
– Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
– Gag Reel
– Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary
– Talking Cooties
Quality of Transfer: 95%