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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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You are what they eat. See more »

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) 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 »


The power has been cut to the school, yet the vending machine still works. See more »


Wade: Nap time, motherfuckers.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) See more »


God and a Shotgun
Written by Angela Wood and Noah Needleman
Performed by Ryan Wood
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A Little Disappointing But Still An Entertaining Horror Comedy
18 September 2015 | by HorrorOverEverythingSee all my reviews

So I went into this with fairly high expectations. I love horror/comedies and this one looked very promising, funny premise, great cast, and zombies (who doesn't love zombies?). It wasn't a bad movie by any means but it did let me down a little bit.

First off the main thing that killed my buzz with this was how unlikable Elijah Wood's character was, I get that they were doing this on purpose but the scenes with him in them just made me get more and more irritated with his character. It's not that Wood did a bad job or anything, it's just that some of the lines that were written for his character were almost cringe worthy bad. That character however was more than made up for by how awesome Rainn Wilson's character was, some of his lines were gold.

A lot of the jokes were great, I found myself laughing out loud multiple times, but some of them just fell short and didn't really work at all. For the most part though the humor works well and helps to move along the movie. I think the main thing that really kept this movie from being great is that the Horror concept of it kind of gets put on the back burner to the comedy in too many scenes. I really wish they would have thrown more horror elements in. There are far too many scenes of the survivors just sitting in various rooms of the school trading mediocre-pretty decent dialogue.

Overall this wasn't bad, in fact it was a good movie. I was entertained and had a fun time watching it. But it could have used a bit more gore and horror and a little less mediocre jokes. Still a good ride though.


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