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on 20 June 2017
At first you start watching thinking oh this looks nonsense but it soon gets going and the tension continues to build, highly entertaining, Recommended.
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This is a terrific sci-fi flick with an excellent cast. It is sort of an "Invasion of the Body-Snatchers" or "Puppet Masters" gone MTV. Set in a small town high school in the Midwest, all hell breaks loose when some of the teens notice that something is not quite right with some of the faculty. They engage in a bit of amateur sleuthing, and what they discover causes them to band together to fight a force that is not of this world.

Well-directed by Robert Rodriguez, this film will keep the viewer riveted to the screen. With a good, edgy story line laced with humor and with solid performances given by the stellar cast, the film will hit its mark with those who enjoy well made sci-fi films.
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on 5 April 2017
It was good.
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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 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 19 June 2017
I watched this video by myself. The film is too good to be true. The actors performed very well. The ending was wonderful. The plot is very subtle. The filming is very expressive.
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on 10 August 2010
A cast of great actors , some of which have gone onto much bigger and better things help to make this film incredibly entertaining!
The cast includes Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbour) , Elijah Wood (LOTR) , Famke Jannsen (X-Men) , Robert Patrick (T2) , Jordanna Brewster (Fast & The Furious) and even a cameo role for RnB star USHER!!!!
The cast deliver some very believable performances in what should theoretically be a very far fetched storyline! A school faculty become taken over by aliens and slowly this spreads throughout the school and the town , it is down to a few students to save the whole school before they can spread the mayhem further! It does sound far fetched and a bit silly but in all honesty this is well worth a watch , if only to see some of these actors in there younger days and see how they have blossomed into such good actors getting some major starring roles!
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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 18 July 2014
a high school finds a new species and are all slowly infected,5 students click there is something wrong when they see students and teachers alike drinking water like theres no tomorrow,so the five go on the offensive to find the queen and kill her with drugs,a great film to watch ,really .recommend it
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on 26 January 2002
I began watching this film on DVD thinking that it was going to be boring and scary. To tell you the truth I only watched it because Elijah Wood was in it of who I am I great fan and he didn't dissapoint!
I would recomend that you watch it on DVD with the subtitles up because some of the funniest lines are barly audible!
Not scary at all, maybe a bit disgusting at parts but soooooo funny, especially Casey (Wood) watch out for the bit in Zekes house its hilerious.
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