Is the new film Cooties (out Sept. 18) a polemic about overmedication, the dubious practices of the fast-food industry, and the underpayment of teachers? Or is it a horror-comedy in which Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, and cowriters Leigh Whannell (Insidious) and Ian Brennan (Glee) have to survive the bloodthirsty attentions of kids who have become zombies after eating chicken nuggets?
Turns out this isn’t an either/or situation, as producer Daniel Noah explained at the recent Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, Colo., where Cooties was the opening-night film. “Cooties—which is quite silly—has, we hope, some provocative themes in it about teachers being underpaid and underappreciated, the processed food being given to our children in schools, [and] overmedicating kids,” he said of the film, which is directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. “I just made it sound like Al Gore’s new documentary!”
You can see just how little the horror-comedy actually resembles a film from the former vice-president by checking out the new Cooties trailer, above.