Friday, September 18, 2015

Released Date: September 18, 2015 (Limited Release)
Running Time: 1 hour 36 minutes
Rated R


Directors: Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion
Writers: Leigh Whannell & Ian Brennan
Story by: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan, and Josh C. Waller

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

Review by The Secret Screener

Studio's Synopsis: "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."

If you like zombie films or TV shows you'll love this film. Its a spin on the zombie genre where pre pubescent kids are the only ones susceptible to becoming zombies. But the adults are what they attack and eat. It's funny in a dry dark sort of way and the horror is top notch. If you're a fan of "The Walking Dead" you will go gaga over it. "Cooties" made me laugh at times, and made me flinch at times with some of the gorier scenes. I appreciate films like this that try to break out of the normal everyday films most studios are releasing. It was basically a zombie film like "Night of the Living Dead" where people are held up in a building trying to protect themselves.

The performances by Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Jorge Garcia, and Jack McBrayer were great. The cast mostly being comedic actors made the film funnier. I loved this film, I'm a huge zombie genre fan and loved what I saw in this. If you like "The Walking Dead" or any of George Romero's Zombie films go see it.

 My only gripe about the film is: why if it was completed in 2014 did they hold it up to be released till now?  All in all a fun watch, and if you can make this a priority to see either in the theater or on cable.  I rate this 3 out of 5 stars, Great cast, interesting story, fun plot, and funny action scenes too.


The Secret Screener

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