Elijah Wood- He and Waller produced this movie through "SpectreVision" . He plays a substitute teacher.
Rainn Wilson- all around great guy and actor, hilarious, carried the movie, go watch "Super". He plays a gym teacher- do you really need to know any more? Sure you do so there's this:
Allison Pill- You might remember her from "The Last Don part 2". Also "Scott Pilgrim", which I hated, and co-produced. Because I'm from hell....but even I have to draw the line somewhere. Getting hipsters to love something terrible is no longer amusing to me..and I don't want any more of them in hell. They keep gentrifying the River Styx area.
And the rest, all comedic actors you might recognize from films and tv shows that don't suck. But they are all ultimately fodder for the conventions of this movie. The plot revolves around Wood, as an aspiring writer, Pill, as his immediate new love interest for some reason, and Wilson, who is Pill's long term boyfriend. And an entire population of prepubescent children bent on eating their flesh.
|No, this is the OTHER Elijah Wood Movie where a school gets taken over|
and the non infected have to kill everyone.
So, onto the actual movie. The movie is a heavy hitting satire of the American Education System, annoying parents and their annoying children, and Food Inc. type food. It overtly mocked schooling and educators. It was clearly written and directed by people who have deep underlying neurosis and anxiety about school, and thus, it was fantastic. It was funny, and at the same time, immensely satisfying. An entire elementary school population morphs into flesh eating zombies after eating contaminated chicken nuggets. The virus only effects people who have not been through puberty- which makes the movie a perfect "us against them", children vs. teachers film. You get to watch kids die and you get to watch teachers and parents die. It was like a symphony of every fantasy I had when I was a young
Also, SPOILER, there is no scene where they pump the kids full of steroids and antibiotics to jump start puberty. There should of been, except this is not a movie about happy endings (how could it be, they haven't hit puberty), it's a movie about kids killing adults killing kids. Also it's funny. And not just because they kill kids, it has other jokes too!
The movie is worth renting. It won't scare you but it is entertaining. Sort of like an extended video of "Another brick in the wall" with a touch of zombie.
Three and and a half child skulls out of five.
Cooties is available wherever fine movies are streamed. But mostly on Amazon.