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The Faculty (1998)

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Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

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A horror tale set in a High School where the students suspect the teaching staff of being aliens, who are intent on making the students their victims. Written by Jordan Chamerski

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You will not be disrespectful this school year! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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

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25 December 1998 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$40,064,955 (USA) (7 May 1999)
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Trivia

(at around 11 mins) When Casey nurses his wounds in the bathroom at the beginning of the movie, graffiti above his head reads, Tito & Tarantula. This is the band of Tito Larriva, who has composed music and acted in director Robert Rodriguez's other movies, Desperado (1995) and From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). See more »

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(at around 48 mins) Zeke tells Miss Burke "It's too Hot", yet he's seen clearly wearing a waffle shirt under his dark t-shirt. Waffle shirts are made primarily to keep one warm, so why would he be wearing one under his t-shirt if it's "too hot"? See more »

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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

During the cast pictures at the end, the science teacher who was 'killed' in the film is shown very much alive with a patch over his eyes and bandages over his fingers. See more »

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Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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Written by Sheryl Crow and Jeff Trott
Produced and Performed by Sheryl Crow
Courtesy of A&M Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Polygram Film and TV Music
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Campy, ridiculous, but entertaining high school version of Body Snatchers
11 May 2005 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

This film fuses elements of the Breakfast Club with Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Robert Rodrigues makes entertaining films, and does so consistently. The Faculty is no exception, though the formula is radically different from his standard approach. In place of large guns, spectacular stunt choreography and a silly soundtrack, Rodrigues made "The Faculty" with a classy ensemble cast and some awesome special effects. The script is also very good, featuring strong characterization and interesting dialog. All of these elements make The Faculty a very watchable film, and make up for the completely unoriginal and not very coherent plot.

The film begins as a paranoiac comedy about a typical high school where the students and faculty see each other as alien species. Ho hum. However, after about 20 minutes of set-up, the faculty really starts to become an alien species, as they are assimilated by water-loving parasites with very bad attitudes and a kind of group consciousness straight out of Invasion of The Body Snatchers and Star Trek's Borg. Six kids, very unlikely team-mates representing the archetypal teenage personalities of the postmodern world, team up to try to save the world, once they realize that the aliens can be driven off by, of all things, caffeine. Especially impressive are Elijah Wood, Piper Laurie, Robert Patrick, Josh Hartnett and Clea DuVall.

Like most of Rodrigues' films, The Faculty never loses its sense of humor, and pulls off its own absurdity with artful visualization and a tight, driving pace. Unlike many of Rodrigues' films, however, The Faculty is disposable - it's not really meant to be viewed more than once. See it if you're a Rodrigues fan, or somebody who enjoys the obscure but growing genre of horror-comedy.


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