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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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And you thought YOUR teachers were weird... 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) (27 December 1998)

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$40,064,955 (USA) (9 May 1999)
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(at around 36 mins) After Christopher McDonald's character (Mr. Connor) wishes Robert Patrick's (Coach Willis) good luck with the football game, Patrick shoots at McDonald with his hand. This is an homage to McDonald's famous "Shooter" McGavin character from the film Happy Gilmore (1996). See more »

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(at around 1h 10 mins) In Zeke's basement, when Stokely snatches the gun from Casey, initially she is holding the gun in her right hand, but in the subsequent shot, she is holding it in her left. 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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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 »

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Referenced in Paul (2011) See more »

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Medication
Written by Garbage
Performed by Garbage
Courtesy of Almo Sounds, Inc. (for North America), Mushroom Records B.V. (for World excluding North America)
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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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