Now available on VOD is Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion‘s horror/comedy Cooties. The film premiered at Sundance in 2014, played at the Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, CO this past April, and finds its way to your home this weekend. While it fails to fully capitalize on its talented cast (the great Jack McBrayer deserves more to work with), overall the pic is an energetic blend of humor, action, and gore. Those who go in expecting a genre-bending thrill ride may be disappointed, but those hoping for a unique twist on zombie fare with some great Rainn Wilson one-liners thrown in will find a lot to like.
Set primarily within a fictional elementary school in Illinois, Cooties is thrust into action when a foodborne virus gets served up in the cafeteria’s chicken nuggets. From there, the school’s faculty (led by Elijah Wood‘s Clint) and a couple of unaffected students are tasked with making it out of the building alive. Although the film never takes itself too seriously, it also refuses to pull punches when it comes to the blood and guts of the situation. You’ll laugh at some ridiculous thing that Rainn Wilson’s stereotypical P.E. teacher character said and wince at a gruesome act of violence committed by or against an elementary age kid sometimes within the same scene. While it can be a bit unbalanced at times, Cooties is still a fun watch that’s worth checking out.
Now that I’ve encouraged you to watch children eat each other’s faces in the name of entertainment, let’s get to this week’s Top 5: