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If recess has taught us anything, you do not want to be the kid with Cooties!
In this endearingly grotesque black comedy, Elijah Wood goes to work as a substitute teacher after a failed novel attempt. What he doesn’t know is that he picked the wrong day to head back to school. The children have suddenly been infected by a zombie-like virus after eating tainted chicken nuggets, and now they want blood!
You really have to give it to directors Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott for bringing this dark humor to life. With a cast that includes Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson and Jack McBrayer, there is no way they could have failed. The actors feed off of each other with bits of improv during the entire film, and what we are left with is a disgusting mix of incredible humor.
The film itself is colorfully shot. If you »
- Melissa Howland
If you were planning on putting the zombie film Cooties on your holiday wish list, then you're in luck. Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced a December 1st Blu-ray and DVD debut for Cooties, complete with an alternate ending and more.
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA (September 28, 2015) - School lunches will forever be tainted after the disturbing and hilarious Cooties arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD December 1 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The "funny, gory and brilliant" (dallasmoviescreenings.com) film is currently available On Demand. From the twisted minds of the writer of Insidious and co-creator of "Glee," the film stars a witty ensemble cast including Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Rainn Wilson (TV's "The Office"), Alison Pill (HBO's "The Newsroom"), Jack McBrayer (TV's "30 Rock"), Leigh Whannell (Saw), Nasim Pedrad (TV's "Saturday Night Live"), with Ian Brennan (TV's "Scream Queens") and Jorge Garcia »
- Derek Anderson
From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), 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.
Cooties 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. Cooties will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on »
- Melissa Howland
Cooties Lionsgate Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C Director: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion Written by: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan Cast: Elijah Wood, Alison Pill Jack McBrayer, Rainn Wilson Screened at: Review, NYC, 9/14/15 Opens: September 18, 2015 Kids all over the country do not like the food served in their cafeteria lunches, or at least pretend to hate the stuff in order to fit in. They call the mysterious, gray meat “murderburgers,” though not usually expecting their listeners to take them literally. Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, who direct “Cooties” and Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan who wrote the script do indeed opt to [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Disney is once again, after a reasonable hiatus, back in the business of princesses. Since the studio’s surprise success and subsequent exploitation of Frozen, the Mouse House seems destined to resurrect all their classic animated female characters in a manner resembling Marvel’s superhero line-up. After the empty and muddled special-effects spectacles that were Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, the proposition of »
- TFS Staff
"From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of "Glee"), 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. Cooties will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film »
- Derek Anderson
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Hillary Clinton got her funny on Wednesday night on "The Tonight Show," answering a phone call from Jimmy Fallon's Donald Trump. It's so good. It's huuuuuuge! But against the real Trump, she'd barely get a word in without interruptions. Here's Hillary doing her own impression of The Donald, after she and Jimmy discussed Trump's hair and Jimmy pulled Hillary's hair to check that it's real:
Side note: It'll be a great day when we stop hearing about Donald Trump every.single.night on every.single.talk.show.
- Gina Carbone
Ask any kid on a school playground and they'll tell you that getting cooties is just about the worst thing that can happen to you. Well, according to the movie Cooties, it turns out the kids were right. Cooties is a horror-comedy where a virus is passed to school kids via chicken nuggets, turning them into face-eating zombies. The hilarious cast includes Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Jack McBrayer, Alison Pill and Nasim Pedrad, as well as writers Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious:...
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Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings trilogy) stars as substitute teacher Clint Hadson whose first day on the job at his new elementary school turns a killer, literally… in Cooties, set for a UK release on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on October 12th.
A virus spawned from a diseased chicken nugget quickly spreads through the school turning all the children into a swarm of savages. Hadson must unite a ragtag bunch of teachers who will have to band together in the fight of their lives in order to escape the school and the rampaging horde.
Cooties is an infectious new comedy of epic proportions that also stars Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World) and Rainn Wilson (The Office Us). Check out the UK trailer and artwork below, and you can pre-order the film now at Amazon.
- Phil Wheat
Kudos to the lunatics who dreamt up Cooties, because horror movies have been taking it easy on children for too damn long. A few heroic titles have completely disregarded the unwritten genre rule that kiddies are untouchable (Feast/Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead), but most recent horror films just want to play nicely with the studio’s best interests. Thankfully, writers Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan couldn’t care less about horror’s apparent child safety regulation, and neither do directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. Those germ-infested, bratty, whiny little bastards finally get what’s coming to them – a swift kick in the ass and a high-velocity baseball to the cranium. Pro tip: watch Cooties immediately after viewing Goodnight Mommy and your fears will immediately be calmed by sweet, deep-fried vengeance.
Elijah Wood leads a stellar cast of summer school teachers who find themselves locked inside their classrooms »
- Matt Donato
Title: Cooties Directors: Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell and Nasim Pedrad Battling to establish your unique stance and personality in a developed community that already has some merits, but still fighting to find a way to captivatingly function, can be a difficult challenge, but it is an obtainable goal for those who are determined to find their rightful places. That not intriguingly applies to the main protagonist, Clint, in the new independent film ‘Cooties,’ but also in its subgenre, the horror comedy. Not only does the troubled lead character set out to prove his life’s worth in his stalled [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Watch "Downton Abbey" star Lily James rock that iconic glass slipper in Disney's live action version of the classic fairy tale, which is out on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo back on September 15. Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham-Carter co-star in the family favorite, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Bonus features include "A Fairy Tale Comes to Life," "Costume Test Fun," "Staging The Ball," "Ella's Furry Friends," "Ella's Childhood," an alternate opening, and the Disney short "Frozen Fever."
Take one last ride with Paul Walker and company when the blockbuster finally arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on September 15. The Blu-ray has tons of extras, including all-new extended edition of the movie, plus more than 90 minutes of exclusive bonus features, »
- Gina Carbone
See Also: Watch a clip from horror comedy Cooties
From the minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (Maniac, The 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.
Cooties is set for release in the States on September 18th and on October 12th in the U. »
- Gary Collinson
From big blockbusters to small independent films, here are the movies I.m dying to see this Fall. (Official synopsis provided by studios)
September 18 (Friday)
About Ray When a young woman (Elle Fanning) decides to transition from female to male, her announcement is met with both opposition and support from her mother (Naomi Watts) and her lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon).
Black Mass In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. -- (C) Warner Bros
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
You can tell we’re getting close to Halloween as the month of September has a myriad of great films arriving on VOD platforms that should help get everyone in the ‘spirit’ for every horror fan’s favorite upcoming holiday. The highly anticipated horror comedy Cooties starring Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Leigh Whannell and Alison Pill is finally getting released on September 18th and Scream Factory is kicking off the month with a horror comedy too, the hilarious Bloodsucking Bastards, which arrives on VOD on September 4th.
On September 1st, The Curse of Downers Grove is coming to VOD courtesy of Anchor Bay and on the very same day, Dark Sky Films is releasing the psychological thriller Para Elisa as well. Other notable films hitting VOD in September include Hellions, Contracted Phase II, Some Kind of Hate and Run, Hide, Die.
Blood Moon (Uncork’d Entertainment/Jinga Films)- September »
- Heather Wixson
By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall get your Galaxy Quest series.
RelatedGalaxy Quest Series in Development
As reported back in April, Paramount Television was developing a TV series based on the aforementioned 1999 film. Now, EW.com reports, the smaller-screen Galaxy Quest has touched down at Amazon, home to such originals as the acclaimed Transparent, Bosch and Alpha House.
The Galaxy Quest movie starred Tim Allen (now on Last Man Standing), Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell as cast members of a Star Trek-like series that has long been off the air. »
It’s been three years since the last episode of The Office aired and you still can’t get enough of Dwight Schrute. Rainn Wilson’s character centers around bears, beets and Battlestar Galactica, and even if you have no idea what a beet actually is, you associate it only with Dwight.
As the seasons developed, your love for Dwight continued to grow to such extremes that you didn’t think was possible to adore a fictional character. Even though he was the annoying antagonist to Jim, he had a heart of pure gold and his Jackie Chan impression is on point, as is his wardrobe.
He inspires you to get an office job if you don’t have one already, and even if you do, you’ll probably be praying that someone will put your stapler in some jelly, have some scary cat lady fall in love with you, »
- Sara Weir
Read More: Review: 'The Boy' is the Chilling Start to the Story of a Psychopath Indiewire's Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention. Craig William Macneill's "The Boy" is a moody and atmospheric thriller that takes a classically creepy setting -- a desolate hotel far removed from the rest of the world -- and infuses it with fresh terror, thanks to the burgeoning sociopath who lives there, who just so happens to be only nine years old. As Macneill's titular boy, Jared Breeze plays a chilling young Ted Henley, who spends the film's runtime pushing boundaries (and people) in increasingly arresting ways. Macneill adapted the film's screenplay alongside novelist Clay Macleod Chapman (which, in turn, was inspired by a short the pair made together in 2011), one that attracted a variety of supporting talent, including Rainn Wilson and David Morse. "The Boy" is »
- Kate Erbland
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