Thursday 19 April 2018

Aaron’s Spoiler-Free review of Cooties

Zombie flicks seem to be a penny a dozen these days, and just like Old Grandma, they ain’t what they used to be. Where Cooties doesn’t really bring anything particularly fresh to the table, it does warrant somewhat of a commendation when it comes to the fun factor.

Cooties is set at a School in a middle-America town called Fort Chicken, where substitute teacher and aspiring author Elijah Wood (Wilfred, The Faculty) is filling in for the day. Unfortunately, the kids become Zombies and start a mass killing spree and whatnot.

The film supports a pretty fun cast with the likes of Alison Pill (Milk), Rainn Wilson (House of 1000 Corpses), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) and Leigh Whannell (Saw) (whose character stands out for me) just to name a few supporting this Horror Comedy vehicle. All of the cast bring their hilarious A-Game in both material and physical comedy.

The film does seem to struggle at first, laying the foundations with tricks and gimmicks and jokes we’ve all seen and heard before which got this comedy to a pretty stale start if I’m being honest, and if truth be told, for the first half-hour, I wasn’t sure whether or not I would enjoy myself.

However, once it made it past those first couple of hurdles (and things picked up a bit story wise) I found myself chuckling, shaking my head and saying “Oh, for fuck’s sake” in the most delightful way possible.

Sure, as mentioned previously, this film certainly doesn’t give us anything new, particularly seeing as the Zombie genre has been done to death to the point where it’s almost a gimmick that needs avoiding like found-fucking-footage films, but in that respect, when you do find a decent one, it’s worth holding on to and telling your friends about.

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Rating: This is certainly no masterpiece, and it’s far from timeless, but if you’ve 90 minutes to kill or you want something fun for movie night with your friends, I’d say this is definitely one to stick on the pile and may even have just enough value to revisit in the future. – 6.5/10

Aaron James Waters is a best-selling Pulp Fiction writer who has written more books than he's actually read.

He's also the rotten apple of the group who thinks this whole Star Wars thing needs to hurry up and die already.

You can find Aaron's debut novel on Amazon!

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