Back in 2014, I was posting the bulk of my reviews as an Amazon Top 1,000 Reviewer over on the popular merchant site; but once they unceremoniously changed their rules without so much as a notice, they dumped my content ... and I've since struggled to recover from the vastness of properties I've reviewed. When I have a few moments here and there, I do search my archives ... but, in the meantime, I'm going off of some fuzzy memories when I say that while I found this flick funny I just saw it as forgettable as well. I think it was too much secondary melodrama surrounding the teachers and their private lives, but I could be mistaken. It was clever ... just not clever enough to endure longer than the original viewing experience. A 'one-off,' if you will.
In any event, Cooties was first unveiled to the world at large -- according to IMDB.com -- at a screening for audiences of the Sundance Film Festival on this day back in 2014. It was picked up for distribution -- as are many of these quality features -- and it found general domestic release late in 2015 (after playing at other festivals here and abroad).
Written by the team of Leigh Whannell (who also starred), Ian Brennan (who also had a part), and Josh C. Waller, the feature was directed by the team of Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. Milott and Murnion went on to direct Becky (2020), a reasonably dark revenge picture about a teenager extracting her own form of justice on a small band of convicts who murder the girl's father. They cast such known commodities in big roles such as Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, and funnyman Jack McBrayer; and -- to their respective credit -- they do all seem to have a grand ol' time releasing the stress of being a teacher on the flesh-eating urchins intent on making the staff part of their next meal.
Here's the film's plot summary as provided by the good people at IMDB.com:
"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."
- For the 2015 Fright Meter Awards, Leigh Whannell was awarded the 'Best Supporting Actor' trophy for his work in the flick while co-star Rainn Wilson had to settle with the honor of being nominated alone in the same category.
- For the 2016 iHorror Awards, Wilson was nominated again -- this time in the category of 'Best Male Performance - Horror Movie' -- alongside the project as a whole in the grouping of 'Best Indie Horror Film.'
- Lastly, relative newcomer Armani Jackson scored a nomination in the category of 'Best Supporting Young Actor - Feature Film' at the 2016 Young Entertainer Awards.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!