A decade after Saw premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, writer/star Leigh Whannell returns with his latest genre offering, Cooties, a horror flick about a school overtaken with kiddie zombies.
Bloody Disgusting’s Ryan Daley was at the premiere, returning with a mixed review that bends more towards the positive spectrum explaining that the film carries some cult classic-worthy scenes.
“Cooties has got plenty to offer––a few of its scenes are destined to go down as cult classics,” Daley says in his review. “But frustratingly, Milott and Murnion repeatedly follow up a hysterical scene with an incredibly bland one.
He adds: “In Cooties, the horror works, the comedy works, but all that drama keeps getting in the way.”
In the film starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and Leigh Whannell, a mysterious virus hits a small Illinois town, affecting only the prepubescent population, transforming them into violent, feral little monsters. The virus centralizes in the town’s elementary school, and quickly the infected students have the teaching staff under siege, acting out deadly revenge fantasies with an eerie sense of childlike glee. Finally, the teachers band together, led by a hapless substitute who grew up in the town, realizing they must do the unthinkable if they hope to survive.