“Cooties is like Ebola, but funnier.”
Typically, horror movies don’t revolve around children–though there are exceptions, like Village of the Damned, The Brood, The Children, Children Of The Corn, Come Out and Play and Citadel come to mind–though they’re not typical.
And I get it. Children are uniquely vulnerable in ways the average adult isn’t, and I can see how it’s almost the like a betrayal if we, as adults, are unable to protect them from the horrors of the world just outside the door.
Jonathan Milott and and Cary Murnion, the directors of Cooties, seem well aware of this and decide to leaven the horror with ample laughs, and for the most part it works because as messed up as the children come to be, the adults are in their way significantly worse.
There’s Clint (Elijah Wood) who’s returned home to Fort Chicken to work on his first novel about a possessed boat. Wade (Rainn Wilson) is the PE teacher who’s dating Lucy (Alison Pill), whom Clint had a crush on long ago.
Special mention goes to Leigh Whannell (writer of Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2 and Chapter 3–with James Wan, Dead Silence–with James Wan and Cooties–with Ian Brennan) who plays Doug, who apparently wrote some of the best lines for himself.
And speaking of the characters, they’re all a bit broad, though in line with the somewhat lighthearted tone of the movie.
If you want to see a movie with copious violence that doesn’t take itself too seriously, you could do worse than to catch a case of Cooties.
Cooties will soon spread to a theater near you, though be careful because this is like no infection you’ve ever experienced.