The zombie genre maintains the most popular side of horror out there these days with everyone trying to capitalize on it in their own way. The comedy world seems to offer up more zombie films than ever with some working and others falling flat. The latest, Cooties brings together a great cast including Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, and Jorge Garcia, but can it bring the fun to the undead or will it get an F in the genre?
Cooties follows a cafeteria food virus that turns elementary school children into killer zombies and a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage and fight to survive the mayhem while bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives. This could have easily fallen in the generic category and does go the same route that most of these films go in a few places, but overall ended up being a lot of fun. They have crafted a simple story that doesn’t require a major set up and gives you just enough time to set up the characters before jumping right into the under aged zombie action. All of the teachers bring a unique attitude to the mix with Leigh Whannel standing out with some of the most hilarious dialogue moments. The love triangle and constant fight between Wood, Rainn, and Pill seems perfectly out of place in their situation, but the fact that no matter how dire their situation it continues makes it all the more fun to watch. Those hoping for some great gory zombie fun will not be disappointed. The choice to make the kids the zombies here takes the film to the next level of bloody fun as you not only have the creepy kids doing all the damage, but then you have the adults slaughtering these kids left and right with some pretty gory results.
This is one of those few comedy zombies films that manages to seamlessly blend the two genres with funny bloody results. The cast seem to be having a lot of fun and the gore hounds will be feed the blood they crave making for one of the better of these films to come along in some time. In addition to the film this release features numerous special features including a gag reel, alternate ending, commentary, deleted scenes, extended scenes, alternate scenes, and a featurette taking you further into the fun.
Pray for the weekend when Cooties hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on December 1st from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.