By Clark Collis
April 06, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
Tony Rivetti Jr.

Warning: attendees at this year’s Stanley Film Festival may get Cooties. Why? Because it was announced today that the Elijah Wood-starring horror-comedy of that name will be opening night film of the event, which takes place at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., April 30 to May 3. It has also been announced that Cooties will be released in select theaters and on demand, Sept. 18.

Cooties also stars Rainn Wilson and Allison Pill and is directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell (Insidious) and Ian Brennan (Glee). According to the official synopsis, the film concerns a group of misfit teachers who must band together after “a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages.” 

The film will play at the Concert Hall on the Stanley Hotel campus, Thursday, April 30, with Wood, Pill, Whannell, Millot and Murnion in attendance. The screening will be followed by a “School Cafeteria”-themed party.

“This year’s Stanley Film Festival promises to showcase the best horror films and celebrate the art of horror in some most unexpected ways,” said Britta Erickson, director of the festival-producing Denver Film Society, in a statement. “We invite you to join us for this special presentation and party, but we suggest you stay away from the chicken nuggets.”

The full lineup for the Stanley Film Festival can be found at the event’s official website.

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