After helping bring such films as A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Open Windows to the screens, Elijah Wood is getting more comedic with his next genre adventure, serving as both a producer and star. Directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan, Cooties follows a group of a elementary school kids and their teachers as a virus infects and spreads, causing widespread chaos.

Ahead of a release this fall, the first trailer has now arrived, which looks to sell the high concept fairly well with its mix of laughs and terror. Starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan and Jorgé Garcia, check out the trailer and teaser poster below.

From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), COOTIES is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives. COOTIES will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on September 18th in select theaters and on demand.


Cooties opens in theaters and on demand on September 18th.

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