COOTIES

★½

Starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Jorge Garcia
Directed by Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
2015 / 88 Minutes / Lionsgate

I’m growing a little tired of the whole horror/comedy genre. When it’s done right it can be brilliant, but so rarely does that ever happen. Cooties is no where near winning it’s hand at this. Laughs are needed, but there isn’t anything here that’s funny. It’s too over the top to even laugh at. It’s a complete waste of time that left me more angry that filled with laughter.

I wanted to like this and I was looking forward to it because I think the concept is clever even though zombie movies and television are being done to death lately. The story is so flat and uninteresting and is filled with lame jokes and stupid humour that made me want to roll my eyes instead of cover them. Maybe if this had been more serious and scary it could have succeeded and been more fun that way. Or maybe if you’re going to be funny, then be funny! Most of the time I didn’t know if I should laugh because someone was being mauled and eaten by a child or if I should take it more seriously and be frightened. Obviously nothing about this movie is to be taken seriously, but I don’t think groaning should be my first reaction. There’s neither scares nor laughs here.

I believe Cooties had a lot of potential in the beginning stages when they came up wit this idea. It could have been a fun addition to the non-stop zombie phenom, but unfortunately it’s DOA and there’s nothing about this that’s redeemable. The balance between comedy and horror is such a mess that it makes this could have been great little film into a forgettable stupid waste of time. It’s just terrible, don’t waste your 88 minutes.

Grade  D

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