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The Faculty [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Michelle Holmes, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Christopher McDonald, Bebe Neuwirth
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Format: Color, Import, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: April 6 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002JT69NC
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The Faculty [Blu-ray]


Okay, you knew everyone in high school was just a little different: everyone looked at you strangely, the teachers were freaky, and you never could find the right groove to fit into. What if it turned out that it was all because your school was inhabited by creepy aliens from outer space? That's the enjoyably cheesy B-premise for this fun and scary flick from the pen of Scream's Kevin Williamson, the master of the post-modern teen horror film. Directed by Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi), it's The Breakfast Club meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as six disparate students from Herrington High School band together when they discover that an alien life form is invading both the student and faculty bodies, with plans to take over the world.

Each of the heroes represents a different high school type: popular babe (Jordana Brewster), picked-on geek (Elijah Wood), goth girl (Clea DuVall), sensitive jock (Shawn Hatosy), new kid in town (Laura Harris), and bad-boy rebel (Josh Hartnett). The plot isn't much--a basic kill-or-be-killed premise spiked with a healthy shot of paranoia--but Willliamson and Rodriguez do a great job of building the tension slowly but surely. The suspense set pieces are genuinely frightening, and the film pokes fun at itself without deflating its scares; Williamson is a master at shifting gears from comedy to horror quickly and adroitly. The young cast doesn't have a weak link among them (with special kudos to Wood, DuVall and heartthrob-in-the-making Hartnett), and Rodriguez gets maximum mileage from the titular faculty, which includes Jon Stewart, Piper Laurie, Salma Hayek, Bebe Neuwirth, and Robert Patrick of Terminator 2. Go to the head of the class, Mr. Williamson. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I hadn't watched this film in years but I bought it recently as I had a craving to watch it. It's a really cool high school type suspense flick. I wouldn't call it a horror film but it's still really well done. Almost like a modern day The Thing film as you don't know who is infected so everyone is a possibility. I always got confused with this film and Disturbing Behavior as they both came out around the same time, but this film is the better of the two. You will see alot of young faces that have gone on to successful acting careers.
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If you're gonna rip off a classic like INVASION OF BODY SNATCHERS or PUPPET MASTERS, at least do it right...Robert Rodriguez did it right with this stylish and visceral thriller. Blessed with a very talented young cast and some venerable artists, THE FACULTY is fun, furious and frightening. There are some unexpected plot twists, and the terror of being "changed" ever prominent.
The best performances: Piper Laurie, fiercely understated; Shawn Hotosy (an intelligent and sensitive jock); Clea DuVall (Gothicly gorgeous); Robert Patrick (what a manly coach!); and Elijah Wood (destined to become the lord of the rings).
The good performances: Bebe Neuwirth as the red-taped principal; Josh Hartnett as the dropout back to save the day; and Famke Janssen as the sex-deprived teacher who does a remarkable makeover once possessed. Laura Harris (The Calling) is okay, but not great, in her role as newcomer Mary Beth.
The movie moves well and has some high moments of comedy, to boot. Credit to screenwriter Kevin Williamson for this delightfully different, if derivative, horror.
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Don Siegel's original 1956 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", Kaufman's 1978 remake, Ferrara's 1994 version; Carpenter's "The Thing" and "They Live"; sixties TV series "The Invaders";1983 spoof "Strange Invaders", 1994's "Puppet Masters" (based on a 1951 novel by Heinlein that is namechecked here), David Twohy's interesting 1996 variation on the theme, "The Arrival"; no doubt a whole bunch more I don't know about... Then comes 1998 and Robert Rodriguez decides what we all really need is another variant on this now ancient paranoid theme. It's fun and entertaining enough but a pretty disappointing way to follow "From Dusk Till Dawn". While the latter was strikingly original, this is self-consciously derivative. As pretty well every review of it ever written points out it is a mixture of the original "Invasion" (the basic idea), "The Thing" (the transformation scenes, the scenes where the people who claim they're human invest a test for alien-hood) with a touch of "The Breakfast Club" thrown in (in its High School setting with a bunch of very unalike kids (the gorgeous babe, the wierdy loner, the geek, the jock, yep, exactly) forced together who then sort of bond). I say "self-consciously" derivative as Rodruiguez is all too aware of all this and instils, this being the 1990s, a suitably heavy measure of postmodern knowningness. Just as in the "Scream" franchise, the kids here have seen all the movies. In particular Clea DuVall's Stokes, the wierdy loner and science fiction addict (and perhaps the most likeable character) has read all the stories and seen all the films. That makes her, in the film's nicest touch, an amusing variant on Professor van Helsing.Read more ›
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"The Faculty" is one of those movies where you want to reduce it to simple cinematic equation history, such as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" meets "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." But that is really too simplistic an approach. Not since "The Rock" have I seen a film that references as many other films as "The Faculty" (comedy homages in the tradition of "Airplane" do not count). When you watch this film see how many times you suddenly say to yourself, "Oh, yeah, just like in 'The Thing.'" Clearly, screenwriter Kevin Williamson ("Scream") is back to his old tricks, this time in the field of science fiction rather than teenage splatter flicks, aided and abetted by director Robert Rodriuez ("From Dusk Till Dawn").
The premise of the film is that the old school kid fantasy about teachers being alien monsters comes true at Herrington High in Ohio. The faculty are only first on the alien agenda for possession. Next are the police, the students, their parents, the folks in town, the visiting football team, and, by the end of the month, the entire world. All that stand in the way are the fellowship of the high school student stereotypes: there is Casey Connor (Elijah Wood), the Stephen King nerd; Delilah Profitt (Jordana Brewster), the campus queen; Stokely Mitchell (Clea DuVall), the goth girl with the encyclopedic knowledge of science fiction films whom everyone thinks is a lesbian; Stan Rosado (Shawn Hatosy), the sensitive jock who wants to be more than a quarterback; Marybeth Louise Hutchinson (Laura Harris), the new girl in school; and Zeke Wells (Josh Hartnett), the big man on campus when it comes to drugs.
Actually, "The Faculty" ends ups being one of the most subversive films in history because the big lesson here is that mind altering drugs can save the world (that can't be right).
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