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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... Clint
Rainn Wilson ... Wade
Alison Pill ... Lucy
Jack McBrayer ... Tracy
Leigh Whannell ... Doug
Nasim Pedrad ... Rebekkah
Ian Brennan ... Vice Principal Simms
Jorge Garcia ... Rick
Cooper Roth ... Patriot
Miles Elliot ... Dink
Morgan Lily ... Tamra
Sunny May Allison Sunny May Allison ... Shelly
Armani Jackson Armani Jackson ... Calvin
Peter Kwong ... Mr. Hatachi
Kate Flannery ... Charman


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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Circle, circle. Square, square. Now you have it everywhere. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cooties: A Epidemia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,545, 25 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,749, 27 September 2015
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Company Credits

Production Co:

SpectreVision,Glacier Films See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

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 »


When Wade gives Clint the hockey stick after the gang meets back up, there are a couple of shots where Wade's baseball launcher has no ball in front of the exit hole, and right after he hands over the hockey stick a baseball is visible, just sitting in front of the hole. In the next shot where it would be visible, it's gone again. See more »


Dink: Hey, you bit my friend's face. What are you sick or something?
[pauses, but Shelly doesn't answer]
Dink: Hey you bitch!
[Shelly scratches his face]
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, Hitachi makes another appearance. See more »


References Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) See more »


My Rack
Written by Angela Wood and Benjamin Harris (as Benji Harris)
Performed by Angela Wood
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The start of this film will make you never want to eat chicken again
25 September 2015 | by Mikey Lee SmithSee all my reviews

A mysterious virus hits an 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.

The start of this film will make you never want to eat chicken again. The cast includes some of my favorite funny stars: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Saw's own Leigh Whannell and Lost's Leigh Whannell; with a quick non speaking cameo by Mark Christopher Lawrence who played in chuck. Everyone worked really well together and you can tell they enjoyed doing this film.

The story feels familiar but unique. Cooties is a horror comedy but it's more comedy and less horror but that doesn't talk away from the film. I enjoyed the gore and the practical effects, although there isn't much of a soundtrack, mostly dark ominous tones. The humor is a bit dry and I wish there were more one lines.

The movie is forgettable but is fun and worth a watch. I would like to see a sequel, so don't let this indie film pass you by. Cheers and remember life won't suck as long as there is a good movie to watch.

6 out of 10

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