[Movies] Elijah Wood Talks About The Horrors Of Cooties Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.07.2013
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In an interview with IGN, Elijah Wood talked about the horror-comedy Cooties, in which he plays a substitute teacher who fights an army of zombie children. Here are highlights:
On how the story came about: "We've been planning that film for almost two years now. So to finally get it together and be on-set making it was so surreal after so long. My producing partner Josh had this idea of basically taking a zombie-esque virus and applying it to children, pre-puberty, and calling it Cooties. We were shocked that that had never been made – that there wasn't a movie in the '70s or '80s called Cooties. There are so many exploitation horror films that appropriate something that's cheesy and turn it into something horrific. So we were shocked that that hadn't been made."
On balancing horror and comedy: "That was one of the interesting things about making it. I remember our first table read – which I think was the Friday before we started shooting on the Monday – the comedy was so apparent that my main concern when making the film was that we get the horror right. The funny thing for Leigh is that, because he comes from horror, he wants the comedy to really work well. So it's two different factions looking out for different elements to make sure that they're all operating on the same level."
On working with the kids: "It was great. We were nervous because we have a lot of kids, and a very short amount of time and limited budget to make the movie. It's nerve-wracking – it could go either way with kids. But they were super-professional and really wonderful. We worked really fast and had a blast. Plus Alison Pill's in it, Rainn Wilson. Leigh plays a teacher. It was a blast."