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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews
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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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