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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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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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Horror | Mystery | 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)


£4,346,266 (UK) (14 May 1999)

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Clea DuVall (Stokes) is a homosexual actress playing a heterosexual girl pretending to be homosexual to scare people off. See more »


When Zeke is in the bathroom in the beginning when he is introduced, he gives two boys free "scat", he hands it to them and both pens are facing the same way, but when his name appears, one is facing one way and the other is facing another. 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 Scanners (1981) See more »


Composed by Aaron Copland
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Today's lesson: kicking alien ass.
2 March 2012 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Originality is not The Faculty's strongest suit, the basic plot being a reworking of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (with a touch of Night of the Creeps and The Thing chucked in for good measure), its characters your typical high-school movie stereotypes (The Jock, The Nerd, The Outcast, The Stoner, The Head Cheerleader, The Hard-ass Coach, The Tough Principal etcetera etcetera.) and even the movie poster displaying very little imagination.

But although this kind of thing has been done many, many times before, the film still proves to be hugely entertaining thanks to a sharp script by Kevin Williamson, assured direction by Robert Rodriguez, great special effects (particularly the practical MUFX by KNB), and a cool cast including Bebe Neuwirth (40 and fabulous), Jordana Brewster, Salma Hayek, Elijah Wood, Robert Patrick, Clea DuVall, Famke Janssen (hubba, hubba), Usher, Laura Harris (naked!) and Piper Laurie. Hell, even Josh Hartnett and his bad hair didn't rankle me that much, which is a change.

The movie opens brilliantly with an amazingly tense scene (Williamson having had prior experience in writing such scary openings with Scream and Scream 2), and the excitement continues unabated until the spectacular finale which features one hell of a cool monster, a Cthulu style alien with lots of gnarly teeth and thrashing tentacles. Along the way, Salma, Famke, and Bebe get all sexed up, Josh gets all macho with a makeshift machete, Elijah takes drugs, and Harry Knowles hoists his fat ass out of his armchair for a pointless cameo. It all adds up to a whole heap of fun.

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