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Cooties (2015/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: C+

Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott, Cooties (2015) is a fun horror/comedy that spins the zombie genre on its head using the fictional virus of cooties as the cause of the outbreak. Starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, the film centers on a group of Elementary-school teachers that come under attack from children who have been turned into vicious monsters by contaminated chicken nuggets. Wood plays an aspiring writer who has just moved back from New York to live with his Mother and help teach a creative writing class in his former elementary school. Upon arrival, he quickly notices that all the kids are foul mouthed little brats that belittle him in class. Wilson and Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim) also play teachers at the camp. Slowly the cooties spreads through the playground in an impressive sequence that is both creepy and effective. Banding together in a tight group, the surviving teachers must escape the school full of possessed children and come out on the other end alive and uninfected.

The film is shockingly gory at moments, despite its black comedy-esque tone that carries throughout. Some of the jokes work and some of them don't but all in all the film is shot well and at times reminds me of another film where Elijah Wood stopped a deadly plague of non-humans in a school, Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty.

The film has a short run time of 88 minutes and moves along at a pretty quick pace and is shot and edited very well. The biggest problem the film has is its familiar and short screenplay. The traditional zombie film tropes have been inserted along with some social commentary on how children view adults and character stereotypes that are one note.

Alison Pill is a great up and coming actress that I would like to see in more films. She plays an air-headed blonde in this film which is a far cry from other roles that I have seen her in. Rainn Wilson has moments where he gets a little carried away and, in my opinion, does a Will Ferrell impression that I didn't really buy. He does have a funny exchange with Elijah Wood where he references Lord of the Rings that I did get a kick out of though.

Presented in 1080p digital High Definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track, the film is pretty stunning on Blu-ray. Also included is a digital copy of the film for your tablet or smart phone, plus extras that include:

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

While not a classic by any stretch, Cooties is a fun watch for zombie fans, especially if you have a sick & twisted sense of humor.

- James Lockhart



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