Cooties to Open Stanley Film Festival; Lionsgate Releases in September


After a 2014 World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the SpectreVision-produced, Elijah Wood-starring killer kid horror-comedy Cooties underwent the production of a new ending. The school-set crowdpleaser will now premiere its revamped self at upcoming Coloradio horror retreat, the Stanley Film Festival this April before a September 18th bow through new Lionsgate label, Lionsgate Premiere. 

Taking place at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO—that which inspired Stephen King to pen The Shining—The Stanley Film Festival kicks off Thursday, April 30th, with Cooties serving as its Opening Night. In the film, co-written by Leigh Whannell & Ian Brennan and directed by Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion, “When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, and Alison Pill as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.” Whannell also stars in a truly funny supporting role. 

If you’re attending The Stanley Film Festival, the film will play at the Concert Hall on the Stanley Hotel campus Thursday, April 30, with Wood, Alison Pill, Leigh Whannell and Directors Jonathan Millot and Cary Murnion in attendance. Immediately following the film, guests will be treated to a “School Cafeteria” themed party in the McGregor Ballroom. Local bands Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and Bad Luck City will provide the soundtrack for the evening.

SpectreVision co-founder and Cooties producer Daniel Noah says, ““The Stanley Film Festival is the coming together of people who love horror for all the right reasons. We promised we’d be back and we are thrilled to bring Cooties, as well as The Boy, to the Festival this year.

For more on The Stanley Film Festival, which includes a Shock Till You Drop/Blumhouse/Fangoria-hosted Horror Trivia event, an immersion game and films like The Final GirlsWhen Animals DreamGoodnight Mommy and a celebration of Re-Animator and director Stuart Gordon, see full details here. For tickets and badge info, head to Stanley


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