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on 31 October 2006
the faculty tells the story of a high school that has been invaded by aliens and one by one staff and pupil get infected and while they retain their human personna are not quite the same as they were,all of the invasion is going to plan except for 6 misfits who resist the invasion and work out that something isnt right with the people that they once knew.starring hollywoods bright young hopes at the time in josh hartnett and elijah wood faculty is an entertaining film that even has a little twist to keep things interesting,while the script is weak at times the drama is fast paced and there is enough blood and kills to keep any gore fan ticking over.
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on 29 November 2016
Part of the charm of this movie is that it's fun to watch the cast and look at where they are now in their respective careers. Even the supporting cast all look familiar to the average cinema-goer.

As for the plot. It doesn't take itself seriously, there's references to B-movies that have obviously influenced the story and the characters tick the boxes of your traditional high school cast; Jock, bad boy, bully, queen bee, misunderstood emo, etc.
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on 29 August 2015
Believe it or not, to me this is Rodrigues best film along with Sin City, although being its very opposite, as entertaining and teen as that was artistic, noir, and adult. But maybe Rodrigues needs some genre or references to do his best, without looking like a z.movie Tarantino. Here there is tension, action, twist and a not common metaphor of american society pictured like a totalitarian alien state. And it is funny, rock and in a way independent, since it uses teen movies to bring entertainment and some refreshing provocation
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on 11 May 2015
The Faculty (1998) is a science fiction thriller, although I also like to link it in with the slasher revival of the time, mainly because it features a bunch of high school kids and teachers who get picked-off one-by-one, albeit by aliens. Scream (1996), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), and Urban Legend (1998). There is also a little of Disturbing Behavior (1998) here. But the film has been best described as Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) meets The Thing (1982) meets The Breakfast Club (1985) meets The Stepford Wives (1975). A science fiction film at heart, The Faculty also contains aspects of the slasher, thriller, and teen genres. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Kevin Williamson, the latter being the writer of Scream (1-4), I Know What You Did Last Summer, and producer of Halloween H20 (1998), all key films in the resurrection of the slasher movement. So what is the story?

Herrington High, Ohio. Coach Willis (Robert Patrick) attacks Principle Drake (Bebe Neuwirth) after school is let out and it becomes apparent that whatever has affected the coach has also affected the drama teacher, Mrs Olsen (Piper Laurie). Enter the students: Casey Connor (Elijah Wood) a school reporter and victim of the school bullies, Delilah Profitt (Jordana Brewster) the head cheerleader and editor-in-chief of the school paper for which Casey is also a photographer, Stan Rosado (star football jock and boyfriend of Delilah who has designs on becoming an academic student, Zeke Tyler (Josh Hartnett) a highly intelligent student who is repeating his second year and dealer of narcotics amongst other things, Marybeth Hutchinson (Laura Harris) a transfer student who is somewhat naïve, and Stokes Mitchell (Clea DuVall) the outcast and attention seeker who falsely calls herself a lesbian and loves science fiction books.

Then there is Miss Elizabeth Burke (Famke Janssen) the teacher who frustratingly acknowledges Zeke's potential, but fights with him over his dealing activities. The school nurse (Salma Hayek). Professor Furlong (Jon Stewart) who is crucial in the discovery of this new species, a sort of alien parasite. Lastly, there is Casey's strict and overbearing but hilarious father (Christopher McDonald) aka Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore (1996).

As each member of the faculty is infected by this parasite they in turn try to infect the students.

The Faculty Soundtrack
Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) - Class of '99
The Kids Aren't Alright - The Offspring
I'm Eighteen - Creed
Helpless - D Generation
School's Out - Soul Asylum
Medication - Garbage
Haunting Me - Stabbing Westward
Maybe Someday - Flick
Resuscitation - Sheryl Crow
It's Over Now - Neve
Changes - Shawn Mullins
Stay Young - Oasis
Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1) - Class of '99

Further Films I Would Recommend
Invaders from Mars (1953)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
The Blob (1988)
The Body Snatchers (1993)
The Puppet Masters (1994)
Phantoms (1998)
Disturbing Behavior (1998)

Trivia
In the film there is reference to both Jack Finney (who wrote the 1955 novel The Body Snatchers) and Robert A Heinlein (who wrote the novel 1951 novel The Puppet Masters), both novels featuring parasitic alien invasion and paranoia. The inference is that Finney ripped of Heinlein. Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) turned down the role of Valerie Drake. Graffiti on the bathroom wall: Tito & Tarantula (Tito Larriva is one of the music composers for Robert Rodriguez's Desperado (1995) and From Dusk 'Till Dawn (1996). Zeke's car is a 1970 Pontiac GTO. Buffy The Vampire Slayer stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charisma Carpenter both turned down roles in the film.

Technical Details
Region 2 PAL / UK
Interactive Menus
Language in Dolby Digital
Language: English
Subtitles: English Closed Captioned
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Running Time: 100 Minutes

I thought this was a solid science fiction thriller, despite its mixed reviews on release. It is as good as any of the similar films released between 1996 and 2000.
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on 27 March 2002
This creepy but strangely funny film stars Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett and Jordana Brewster as teenagers who realise that their high school is being taken over by tentacled aliens using the bodies of the staff or-The Faculty.
From the beggining sequence you think this is going to be a running round dark coridoors stabbing people film but it develops into a suspense filled thriller with some terrifying and some hillarious scenes leading towards a dramatic climax and subsicountly satifying ending. The cast are all brilliant Robert Patrick especially making a great performance as the increddibly freaky gym teacher. well worth seing!
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on 29 January 2002
This film, although, I'll admit, the storyline has been done in different formats many a time, has all the ingredients for a major Hollywood blockbuster. Outstanding performances from Eljah Wood(the timid high-school misfit), Clea DuVall(goth) and Josh Harnett(bad boy rebel). The script was grippingly written, filled with suspense, action, wisecracks and a suprising twist to the end. Good, solid entertainment!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 April 2012
This smart, cool slice of college hokum from director Robert Rodriguez is fun, brisk and has a recognisable cast - Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Famke Janssen, Salma Hayek and even an almost unrecognisable Jon Stewart (the daily satirical U.S show host).

There's tons of knowing campus black humour, a weirdly eclectic group of students and an even weirder bunch of teachers. They start to go completely whacko and doing all sorts of strange stuff. Before long the adults have strange powers - but the kids are smarter!

It's quite involving, has some great special effects and is a nice mixture of sci-fi and college drama, with an acerbic and often wicked, bitchy script.

Another great movie from Robert Rodriguez!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 March 2011
Herrington High School, just your everyday place of learning. That is until the teachers start behaving strangely. It seems there is an alien plot to take over world and only a rag-tag group of students can save us.

When you pair Robert Rodriguez {director} and Kevin Williamson {writer} what sort of movie do you really think you are going to get? Well the answer is The Faculty, which in all honesty holds absolutely no surprises for anyone familiar with the guys who gave us From Dusk Till Dawn & Scream respectively. That's not to say that The Faculty isn't a fun horror/sci-fi film, because it is, it's just should be noted that The Faculty is all that it can be as regards the makers and the nature of the beast.

The film has rightly been tagged as a cross between Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and any teen led Highschool movie {you can add Invaders From Mars in the mix too}. This is intentional, something that's apparent as our intrepid students discuss "Snatchers" amongst other movie references, and one of them, Stokely {Clea Duval}, is a sci-fi aficionado . As things progress it's also evident that the makers here are movie fans making a movie for movie fans, all be it one aimed solely at the teenage demographic. There's much satire around and cliché's are widely embraced, but again it works because there is no hidden agenda. There's gore and hugely effective scenes involving blood, slugs, heads and an eyeball, whilst slasher fans are catered for in a couple of, if seemingly pointless as regards the alien's intentions, memorable scenes.

The youngsters in the cast, all playing total stereotypes, all do what is required, with Josh Hartnett, Duval & Elijah Wood particularly shining. But it's with the adult actors that The Faculty really gains its tongue in cheek momentum. Robert Patrick, Famke Jansen, Salma Hayek, Piper Laurie, Bebe Neuwirth and even Jon Stewart all file in for a bit of alien parasitical fun. Come the end of the mania, with the staple alien queen reveal and showdown, there's the overriding feeling that the film could have been so much more. Certainly it's guilty of being a touch too derivative, a little focus lost in the self referential and knowing in-jokery genre winks. But it's a groovy ride is this one, not in the least bit serious, and one to clip open a tin of beer with and embrace it for what it certainly is. Entertainment. 7/10
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on 18 January 2004
Entertaining is the one word I would use for this film. Yes it's cheesy and the kind of story has been done so many times before but do we really care when we just want to curl up with a movie.
I never gets boring and it's not too gorey.
Just a bit of fun really.
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on 11 July 2003
A pleasantly enjoyable alien invasion movie which pits the wits of a rapidly-shrinking group of high schoolers against a rapidly-growing group of water-loving alien monsters.
Plot-wise, there's not much new: 'Something's not quite right at school' is the theme that takes up most of the film, with the usual disbelieved teenagers trying to warn their parents of the danger amongst them.
Certain parts of the film are full of holes; the courageous tactic used by the kids to dispose of the aliens seems slightly ridiculous and the usual character mold of the over-sexed, dentally perfect, highschool students being pursued by something evil, puts the film in Cliché Land.
However, 'The Faculty' works well through convincing special effects, one or two surprises and the intrigue of not knowing who is human and who is alien. Reminiscent of several better films, such as 'The Thing', it fails in atmospherics but makes up its losses with a very impressive twist near the end.
Look out for a young Josh Hartnett who went on to star in 'Pearl Harbor' and an even younger Elijah Wood, who was to become internationally famous as Frodo Baggins in 'The Lord of The Rings'.
Overall, 'The Faculty' is very watchable; not destined for the Horror Hall of Fame but something which could easily make it to your video shelf, to be watched again and again.
This is a novie for fans of furtive alien takeovers of the 'Body Snatchers' kind.
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