The Faculty (1998)

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Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.


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29 January 2008 | JimmyG100
7
| Breakfast Club meets The Thing
Is a rough way of putting it. And never mind those Scream rip-offs or all those other cheap alien/creature-feature films from the 90's. This is a teen horror movie that gives you everything you'd want from a teen movie and everything you'd want from a creature feature, all in one. But what else is to be expected when you got Robert Rodriguez behind the lens? Any other director and this film would be tossed aside as just a teen body snatcher movie. But Robert Rodriguez shows here that he has the style to make it more than that.

Now, I've read the script to this movie before I even saw it and I kept thinking to myself, there has to be another draft of this, no way this could really work and be taken seriously... or as serious as you can take a movie like this. Yet not only was I surprised to see how much of the original script Rodriguez kept in, but I was even more surprised to see how well things actually played out. Sometimes I really love being wrong.

This film delivers, just as much as any other Rodriguez picture that calls back to the good old days of the Grindhouse and makes us forget that those movies weren't even close to par with these "tribute" films that somehow manage to surpass the movies they're tributing. You get everything you want and leave wishing you could spend more time in high school... or at least at this high school.

This film, to me, is the second in Rodriguez's own unofficial Sci-fi Grindhouse trilogy. Starting with From Dusk Till Dawn and ending with Planet Terror. Want to treat yourself to some fun? Watch all three back to back to back. You won't be disappointed.

7/10

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Trivia

Elijah Wood, Clea DuVall, Jordana Brewster and Shawn Hatosy appear in the music video for "Another Brick in the Wall, part 2", performed by the Class of '99, which is featured in the film's soundtrack. In keeping with her character Stokely, Clea DuVall does not lip sync the lyrics with her co-stars.


Quotes

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


Goofs

(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.


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.


Alternate Versions

Trailers include several scenes not present in the final theatrical release:

  • Piper Laurie's character breaks the glass of a door;
  • Casey tosses a chair at Mr. Furlong when he attacks the students in class;
  • after Mr. Furlong's death, Casey looks out the window and Stokely asks the question "Isn't this usually the point where someone says 'let's get the hell out of here'?". Casey responds instead of Stan.
  • Gabe says "This is some weird shit."
  • Coach Willis pops up behind Delilah in a stall in the girls' bathroom.
  • One of the teacher's finger turns into a tentacle while holding a coffee cup.
  • Coach Willis yelling: "There's no way to run!"
  • Coach Willis locking a door or a gate and then saying:"Now We're gonna have some fun!"
  • Mr. Tate holding up Venus and sticking her to the wall & then saying: "Where are your friends?"


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It's Over Now
Written by
John Stephens (as J. Stephens)
Performed by Neve
Courtesy of Columbia Records

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