The Faculty

1998

Action / Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi

141
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 54%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 55%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 99447

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Cast

Salma Hayek as Nurse Rosa Harper
Famke Janssen as Miss Elizabeth Burke
Josh Hartnett as Zeke Tyler
Robert Patrick as Coach Joe Willis
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by GL84 9 / 10

A lot better than you would think

After the discovery of a strange creature, the students at a small- town high school start to suspect it has something to do with their teachers' sudden strange behavior and soon realize it's part of an alien plot to take over the world and must find a way to stop it.

This here was quite an enjoyable and entertaining effort. One of the better features with this one is the fact that the setup of the alien invasion is handled exceptionally intelligently since it comes off in a unique manner. Their original plan of attack, slowly moving through the parents and faculty of a small-town one-by-one under the guise of the behavioral changes which is slowly working it's way through the school on the down-low of doing the ear-exams. This small-scale invasion tactic is an exceptionally unique one that in concept works nicely and gives this one a great build-up throughout the first half exploring their plan. The gradual influx of strange behavior everyone undergoes, not only from the sudden water consumption, the obsessive status and the much more important tormenting their friends and family into their ranks all works as a fine build-up in here which spreads throughout the first half and allows the revelation to come naturally. Due to the fine explanations offered up that signify a change has occurred at the school, the action seems to showcase this is rather fun here with the collection of the students and how they continually come after them throughout the school as their realization in the classroom as the fun brawl which finally clues them into what's going on. The finale is where this one scores well on the great action in their confrontations at the school with the aliens which gives great encounters in the gym, the stellar attack outside where they chase around the teachers in the parking lot and all leading up to the final confrontation with the huge alien creature stalking and tormenting them throughout the school. That has some great work throughout from the stalking in the showers to the chasing in the basketball court where there's plenty of brawling with the giant alien creature and finally getting to the fun measure of how to finally defeat it. Given that all this is accomplished with some solid gore and a realistic-looking full-size puppet for the creature, these here make the film rather fun and exciting even though it does have some minor issues. The biggest problem with the film is the fact that the beginning here takes awhile to get going as all the great work done to build up the threat of the aliens around the school doesn't feature any action to do that. Despite how engaging this section is, it shows how long it takes for that to occur with all the conspiracy issues and side-plots that hold off the big action pieces found in the second half. As well as some really sketchy CGI for the time-period, these here really hold it back.

Rated R: Extreme Graphic Language, Graphic Violence, Nudity and heavy drug use and slang.

Reviewed by Screen_Blitz 7 / 10

Robert Rodriguez offers a clever, campy high school horror flick, while borrowing elements from other sci-fi and horror entities

The best way to describe this high school science-fiction horror tale is a cross between the 'The Breakfast Club' and 'The Thing'. From the premise to the execution, it is clear that director Robert Rodriguez, the man behind the vampire-horror 'From Dusk Til Dawn', is drawing inspiration from other cinematic entities of its genre, as well as the classic teen flicks from the John Hughes era. The evidence could not be more clearer, especially with writer Kevin Williamson of 'Scream', 'Scream 2' and the teen drama television series 'Dawson's Creek' working by his side. So while the film never aims to be anything original nor does it present itself in a way to be taken too seriously, it is Rodriguez's campy execution that keeps thing moving without slipping into the cracks of tedium. After all, the genesis of this film is a battle between high school kids and their teachers may or may not be members of the extraterrestrial race. Set in the fictional town of Herrington, Ohio, the film introduces high school students Casey (played by Elijah Wood), a photographer of the school's yearbook who is constantly a target of meat-headed bullies, Delilah (played by Jordana Brewster), the vindictive editor-in-chief of the yearbook, Stan (played by Shawn Hatosy), Delilah's boyfriend and star quarterback who's quitting the football team run by his tough-as-nails coach Joe Willis (played by Robert Patrick) to focuses on his academics, Stokely (played by Clea Duvall), a goth girl who is rumored to be a lesbian, Zeke (played by Josh Hartnett), a rebellious punk who is repeating his senior year while selling drugs and IDs to his fellow classmates, and Marybeth (played by Laura Harris), a new student. When a mysterious alien parasite from an otherworldly planet begins spreading around the school campus and invading the body of the teachers and staff, these kids must work together to fight against this mysterious invasion. That is if they crack the code and find out who the queen is.

The inspirations of classic novels like 'Invasion of The Body Snatchers' and John Carpenter's The Thing are crystal clear. Even the character make numerous references of this and other science- fiction works in the dialogue. While Robert Rodriguez sorely lacks fuel in the tank of originality, the best thing he manages to accomplishes is keeping clever, even when he more often than not burns through the playbook of overused high school tropes. The characters, each of whom resemblance archetypes of the 'The Breakfast Club', are gifted with some clever and at times, funny dialogue to make how thinly drawn they are. Josh Hartnett's character Zeke, in particularly, grants us with the most laughs. Kudos go out to his scenes with Mrs. Burke, played by Famke Janssen, which marks the most laugh-worthy moments in the film. But is the plot that marks the film's biggest strengths. The first half focuses on the buildup and growing paranoia as the characters witness this bizarre behavior of the teachers and staff, before building up an intensifying climax in which the battle between the characters and the gory alien showdown rages on. In the process, the story doesn't proceed without leaving sprinkles of suspense trudging through each scene the characters are in danger. Although the entire second half, particularly in one scene, too often reeks of familiarity of The Thing, Rodriguez know how to put on a show with his gruesome special effects once the action hits a boiling point. As for the cast, everyone is mostly solid, nothing really memorable -- unless considering the creep demeanor of Robert Patrick displaying a sinister portrayal of a football coach who always feels like he is on another planet.

The Faculty is fun, campy science-fiction horror bound to please teens and adults thirsty for a gory alien invasion scarefest not meant to taken seriously. By no means does the film even closely match up the par of the cinematic bolts Rodriguez draws inspirations from. Of course, to expect something on that level would not be too reasonable. After all, this is not Ridley Scott working behind the camera.

Reviewed by JonteJak 10 / 10

Fantastic fun sci-fi horror thriller from the late 90s - ENJOY!

The Faculty is one of my all time favorite movies. From the start I want to let you know that I could be a little biased, it probably isn't the best movie of all time but I have such fond memories from the first time I saw it. I watched it in the cinema on a class trip to Stockholm with a bunch of friends when I was 14-15 years old and I thought it was awesome! Since then every time I watch this I just have the best time.

The story could be described as a different and more modern take on "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". It also has some elements from Scream and other horror/thrillers from the same era.

This movie captures so many things that I enjoy. It nails the late 90s feel with the music and how people dress. It doesn't take it self too serious. It has some twist and turns. The visuals are really great even by today's standard.

It has some great established actors such as Salma Hayek, Robert Patrick, Jon Stewart and Famke Janssen. And it also have a lot of actors who were in the beginning of their career like Jordana Brewster, Josh Hartnett and Elijah Wood.

From what I understand this movie is fairly unknown to most people. I have never met a person in real life who have seen it or even heard of it. I really want people to see this movie and just have fun. Don't take it to seriously. Just dim the lights, pump up the volume, sit back and enjoy this fun sci-fi horror/thriller! :)

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