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The Faculty (1998)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  25 December 1998 (USA)
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Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Frank Connor (as Chris McDonald)


On the Harrington High School in Ohio, the newcomer Marybeth Louise Hutchinson tries to befriend the outcast Stokely 'Stokes' Mitchell. The quarterback Stan Rosado quits the football team and breaks off with his girlfriend Delilah Profitt, who is the editor of the school newspaper and head cheerleader. Zeke Tyler, who is repeating the senior year and sells drugs to the other students, has an argument with his teacher Elizabeth Burke. When the bullied Casey Connor finds a weird being on the football field, he brings it to his Professor Edward Furlong that finds that the unknown specimen lives in the water and has the ability of replicating. Later, Delilah brings Casey, who is the photographer of the newspaper and has a crush on her, to the faculty room to snoop around and find any evidence for a story, they need to hide in a closet when Coach Joe Willis and the teacher Karen Olson arrive. Delilah and Casey witness the coach and the teacher attacking Nurse Rosa Harper and they stumble ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Six students are about to find out their teachers really are from another planet. See more »


Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, strong language, drug use and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,633,495 (USA) (25 December 1998)


£4,346,266 (UK) (14 May 1999)

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Did You Know?


At the start of the movie, Coach Willis(Robert Patrick) is seen standing at the end of a long hall, then begins running down the hall in pursuit of Principal Drake(Bebe Neuwirth). The way he runs, and the way the scene is shot (cutting back and forth between Willis running and Drake trying to open the door) mirrors a similar scene in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), when the T-1000--also played by Patrick--is chasing the Connors and the T-800 down a long hall while they wait for an elevator to open. See more »


When Zeke hands out the Scat pens to determine who amongst them may be an alien the blue cap is still on as they inhale from the other end. Now unless they have a huge inhaling capacity there's no way to inhale a whole pen's worth with one end of a tube sealed. See more »


[first lines]
Coach Willis: You got to pick up the line. God damn it! Get off the fucking field you limp ass blow jobs!
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Crazy Credits

The female teacher who was decapitated only to have her alien-controlled head rejoin her body, is seen (also very much alive) wearing a scarf around her neck, presumably to hide the scar. See more »


References Cape Fear (1991) See more »


Written and Performed by Los Feelers
Courtesy of Troublemaker Records
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Pretty entertaining
7 March 2004 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is pretty much the typical slasher, with just one twist. It's also helped by the fact that there's other things going on than just a bunch of killings; there are conflicts between the characters from the very beginning, before the killing starts. This is pretty unique for a slasher, and it definitely helps the film become more interesting. The plot is interesting, well, more interesting than slasher plots usually are. The acting is pretty much all very good, the actors nearly all give top-notch performances. The special effects are good, and mostly pretty convincing. I've heard a lot of people complain that this movie is a ripoff of the Carpenter classic "The Thing". While that film is the better of the two, this is by no means a simple ripoff. The plot in this is not the same, there are just a few striking similarities. I would rather think of it as a reference, something to honor Carpenter's abilities - Rodriguez was inspired by Carpenter, after all. I would recommend this to pretty much anyone who enjoys slasher movies, sci-fi flicks, or crossovers of the two genres. It's very enjoyable; the only thing I hated was that they had casted Elijah "babyface" Wood in one of the leads... oh well. You can't always enjoy all aspects of a film. 7/10

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