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The Faculty (1998)

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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On December 25th, School's Out Forever. 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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,633,495, 27 December 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,064,955, 9 May 1999
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Trivia

(at around 7 mins) 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 (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 »

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(at around 30 mins) When Casey and Delilah are in the faculty lounge and Casey sees the shadows behind the door, he drops his camera on the table and him and Delilah run into the closet. Later on in the scene, the camera is no longer on the table, and nobody has grabbed it. See more »

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[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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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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Written by David Bowie
Performed by Shawn Mullins
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Campy, ridiculous, but entertaining high school version of Body Snatchers
11 May 2005 | by 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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