SpectreVision's Cooties Slated to Open the 2015 Stanley Film Festival

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Mondays can be bad, but not as bad as the one in Cooties, the "horror comedy" that will kick off this year's Stanley Film Festival, which runs from April 30 to May 3 at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. The fest announced today that actor Elijah Wood's horror imprint, SpectreVision, which received the Visionary Award at last year's Stanley film fest, will be back in full force with Cooties, which is centered around a zombie-like outbreak at an elementary school. Wood, who stars in the film, will also be on hand with other talent from the film, at the festival. Read the details below:

The Stanley Film Festival, (SFF) produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal’s Chiller, announced today that Lionsgate Premiere’s Cooties will open the festival on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

From the 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 little killer savages, 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. The Sundance hit 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.

SpectreVision and Glacier Films present Cooties, starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan and Jorgé Garcia. The film is directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan. Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood produce along with Tove Christensen, Georgy Malkov and Steven Schneider. Ian Brennan, Leigh Whannell, Gevond Andreasyan, Sarik Andreasyan, Hayden Christensen, Seth William Meier and Vladmir Poliakov serve as Executive Producers.

The SFF welcomes back 2014 Visionary Award Winners and the producers of Cooties, Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh Waller of SpectreVision. During last year’s festival, the team teased audiences with clips from Cooties and The Boy as part of their panel, SPECTREVISIONARIES.

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

The film will play at the Concert Hall on the Stanley Hotel campus Thursday, April 30, with Elijah Wood (Open Windows), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Leigh Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 2) 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.

"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 Denver Film Society Festival Director Britta Erickson. "We invite you to join us for this special presentation and party, but we suggest you stay away from the chicken nuggets."

A limited number of Opening Night tickets are now available. Opening Night is also available to Redrum badge holders. To purchase your pass, visit www.stanleyfilmfest.com.

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