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Cooties (2014)

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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.
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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. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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You are what they eat. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cooties: A Epidemia  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,545 (USA) (25 September 2015)


$55,749 (USA) (25 September 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kate Flannery and Rainn Wilson are regulars on the TV series The Office (2005). See more »


In the classroom Patriot tears off one of the girl's ponytail. Later she is digging under the school fence with both pony tails visible. See more »


Rebekkah: Buddy, I don't know what that bitch drinks out of. Here's what I do know; I know that this is a rape button. It emits a shit-crazy alarm that will inform local police who will arrive in two minutes, should you decide to get touchy and/or feely. You wanna know why I have a rape button? Don't answer, I want to tell you. Because the government of the state of Illinois doesn't trust the citizenry enough to pass safe, sensible conceal and carry laws.
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After the credits, Hitachi makes another appearance. See more »


References Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) See more »


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Written by Angela Wood and Benjamin Harris (as Benji Harris)
Performed by Angela Wood
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Another fresh and exciting take on the zombie movie.
21 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I saw the trailer for this movie, I could not wait to see it!

A chicken carrying a food virus becomes chicken nuggets for an elementary school in a small town, and effects them with a flu like virus that turns anyone who has not reach puberty into flesh loving monsters. How cool is that?

Though the idea that the chicken nuggets they feed you in public school are actually made of chicken is totally unrealistic, the metaphor of a girl who eats these nuggets spreading a zombie apocalypse like the cooties is brilliant

I've seen my share of Zombie movies and I never seen this particular premise. Adding to this is a great ensemble cast lead by obviously horror movie fan Elijah wood, who also did Maniac and Grand Piano which I loved. Rainn Wilson was Boss with a capital B in this film, and added to the 1980s homage of horror and action I was vibing on all over this film.

The best part is that the movie is rated R which means nothing gets held back as these teachers beat the crap out of their undead students.

Cooties is an action comedy horror movie that keeps your interest for all 90mins, never a dull moment and just so much fun from beginning to end.

If you're a fan of Horror movies, especially the zombie-genre, it's worth taking a look at.

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