Surprised Rodriguez Didn't Do Commentary (by spwh103)
This is by far...THE BEST 90'S MOVIE EVER MADE. I FREAKINGG LOVE THE FACULTY.Okay, so 6 kids, all different, one's a parasite infecting alien, and usher is randomly on the cover? now would you buy it?! HECK YES SON.I have seen the Faculty over 30 times no joke , and i am telling you, every time I see the football scene, with Usher infecting the other team, and the refs not doing donkey about it, that is some creepy stuff, Just the first infection on the football field, im hiding my eyes because it really makes you think, like "oh man, he just did the whole vein's and white <more>
eyes thing, man, maybe the ref's have them and when no one's looking they infect everyone, or maybe..etc". See this is why Rodriguez is one of my favorite directors, because he is so goddamn good at what he does, he literally makes you believe this is happening in wherever it's happening.Now , iam a little upset, because a few days ago I bought the DVD for 20 bucks, and when i popped it in my player, The only Bonus Features I got where "Captions" OH and My personal favorite, "Recomendations" WHAT THE HECK IS THIS. I wanted some rad commentary hearing Hartnett,Wood,DuVall,Brewster,Harris and that other Jock guy that just get's infected and no one really cares about him cause he's a pig..anyways, yeah, so now i hear? Whats that, A SPECIAL EDITION FACULTY, oh yes sir, that will be in my home, as soon as I see one. Anyways, The Faculty, better then Scream, But not quite as good as "From Dusk Till'Dawn", check it out folks, you won't be let down.
The Faculty, a masterpiece brought to us by the amazing Robert Rodrgiguez, is an excellently written, skillfully displayed and enjoyable experience all around that I am glad to say is easily one of my favorite movies. The characters are absolutely brilliant and likable from the get-go, and they're outstandingly portrayed by the actors/actresses.Robert Rodriguez has brilliant direction and all the actors/actresses capture the essence and pizazz of the film perfectly to where you're loving every minute this story plays out and the characters interact. The characters are all likable and <more>
have their own different personalities to where we care for at least one. The dialogue is spectacular with tons of references to film industry legends and marvels that you're bound to find nifty.The opening chase scene pulled me in and then the rest of the script and acting was what kept my attention because of how admirably it's played out, as I have mentioned. I found myself loving the whole atmosphere, which was set up perfectly, and the story is fun and entertaining. The main alien, when you find out who it is, is not scary or even fresh, but they're intimidating and exciting because of how well the plot is revealed and how wonderful the characacter's work. Another venerable trait is how they are intimidating without the crew trying way too hard to make them seem like they're this cool, edgy alien that you should all be terrified of.The Faculty delivers, and it's an exhilarating ride from beginning to end loaded with humorous dialogue, great action and is brimming with virtuosity. Though some find it average and a bit overrated, I think it is deserving of much more appreciation and acclaim than it receives. Magnificent film, job very well done.
When I first saw SCREAM, I loved it and then all I ever wanted to see after it was horror movies. So, that's where I started my obsession with horror flicks, but on to another subject...I also enjoyed Kevin Williamson's I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and as you could probably tell, I was equally excited to see what this movie would be like. Well, purely, this is one of my favorite horror films.Movies like HALLOWEEN, DRACULA, and Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 PSYCHO are only held in such high regard as horror films because they were all novelties. Movies like those hadn't been made <more>
a thousand times over which is why most people are always calling them the "scariest". Well, no they are not the scariest. But since they were some of the first of their kinds, they say that they are.Well, the plot of THE FACULTY has been done before. But not quite so well. While I didn't really think Kevin Williamson's TEACHING MRS. TINGLE was all that good, THE FACULTY is still one of his better works. Director Robert Rodriguez FROM DUSK TILL DAWN..also a good movie directs this hard-hitting sci-fi/horror/comedy/thriller/action movie. Literally, there is a little bit of everything here. The movie is not scary, but there is a small shock factor thrown in. All in all, most people should be able to find something fun out this movie. THE FACULTY: 5/5.
I liked this movie because it's original in a way. I don't mean that the aliens taking over the world story is new, but the way they are trying to do it is very good. This movie has its horror parts but also it has some funny parts. I think that it's the first time "crack" can be used in a way which doesn't bother anyone. Some actors who play in this movie are, now really known all over the place, for example Elija Wood or even Usher, who doesn't have such a huge contribution but who gives the movie a "sweeter" look. You should watch it, preferably, at <more>
night just to try and keep the atmosphere spookier even if the movie doesn't provide the necessary chills of a horror film.
The Breakfast Club's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (by DavidSim240183)
When Kevin Williamson penned the script for Scream, he completely revitalised the flagging horror genre, by having the characters knowingly winking at the audience about the clichés while actually starring in a horror film. With The Faculty, Williamson has done the same thing for science-fiction, drawing upon such classic paranoia stories like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, given it a hip, teenage spin, and added a little self-referential irony for good measure.The actual plot of The Faculty is nothing groundbreaking or original, especially if you're a fan of Star Trek it's almost <more>
a direct lift from the TNG episode Conspiracy , but the astute playing by the young cast and a creepy atmosphere from Robert Rodriguez makes The Faculty a very engaging tale indeed.Robert Rodriguez is a director not always known for subtlety From Dusk Til Dawn . But with The Faculty, he manages to restrain himself, slowly building the menacing tension effectively, and it is really only at the end that Rodriguez succumbs to his need for special effects overkill.Set in an Ohio high school not Chicago which is a nice change! , alien parasites have found their way into the school faculty and are spreading. There are quite a few good actors playing these parts, like Robert Patrick, Bebe Neuwirth, Salma Hayek, Piper Laurie, Famke Janssen, etc. Taking over their bodies, they start the slow process of converting the students too. To what end, who can say?Gradually some of the students start to catch on. Six in particular. All stereotypes of course. Delilah, the high school glamour queen. Stokes, Clea DuVall, excellent the high school misfit. Marybeth, the squeaky clean new girl. Zeke, the rebellious drug dealer. Stan, the high school jock. And Casey Elijah Wood , the wimpy nerd.As our six heroes band together, it soon becomes a desperate struggle to remain one step ahead of the aliens. Rodriguez manages to create a very tangible feeling of paranoia. You can never be certain who's who. Or who can be trusted. There are some lovely touches throughout, such as the eerie image of three teachers standing watch outside Casey's home in the middle of the night. Or the teachers voices over the PA system telling students to report to the principal's office. Even simple things like the shadow of a person walking past a glazed window seems creepy. The highlights are endless.There is more than a few shades of The Breakfast Club to these kids, which is probably intentional. Stokes, for example, is a dead ringer for Ally Sheedy's Allison. They may be obvious stereotypes, but the characters are all sharply written, and given considerable buoyancy by the actors. Delilah's acidic bitchiness makes her very entertaining. Stokes is admirably feisty about being an outsider. Even Stan is more interested in his studies than playing football.It's just a shame the teachers aren't given the same exposure, especially with the eclectic list of actors playing them. They're not really used to their full potential, but when Robert Patrick or Bebe Neuwirth are on the scene, they make a huge impression.The structure of The Faculty is clever, because of the way it juxtaposes high school as a sinister place out to get kids. Which is actually a fear most teenagers go through. It's given weight and dimension by the inclusion of an alien invasion co-opting the teachers. The camera-work helps with the way it remains fixed on some of the schoolkids just staring at our six heroes, as if they're secretly talking about them behind their backs. Which of course, they are.Also like Scream, The Faculty is witty the way it playfully acknowledges the sources it's taken it's inspiration from. Casey is the first one to point out how like Invasion of the Body Snatchers all of this is, even quoting directors like Spielberg, Barry Sonnenfeld, and Roland Emmerich and all their associations with alien pictures.But the motives behind the alien invasion is kept in the dark for the most part, which was a bit frustrating. And as the special effects take over towards the end, The Faculty loses some of the atmospheric menace so well sustained throughout.But despite that, The Faculty is well above average. With some of Scream's brilliance from time to time, sharp characters, witty dialogue, and engaging design, there's hardly any room for complaints. Also, I love paranoia stories, and this ranks as one of the best.Marvellous.
Just when you thought it safe to go back to school (by atinder)
I was watching this last night for 20th time, The Faculty" is a fun little sci-fi horror flick that I really like, it's was really entertaining.At Herrington High School what seem normal hight school but soon thing turn very dark, when the teacher start to act very strange.The number of people we got know really fast and new girl has just joined the group, while Casey is coming from class he notice the teenager are acting really strange, later on football filed his found this bug on fall he then show to the teacher who put in water.This bug turn to be a parasitic organism that is <more>
alien that goes into the ear of the victim, which takes over the brain and make different person.Soon Casey goes looking for that thing is found, when goes back class room the thing as gone, then friend don't believe until the teacher come in and turn out they are Aliens after all.These teenager are the only one who can stop these Aliens before whole town is affected The Faculty is definitely a favourite of mine because of all the homages it has to other movies, such as the snorting scene the blood test scene from The Thing and the idea of aliens being within people with their same memories Body Snatchers and the twist was really good, I did not seen it coming.I do think movie is little underrated and acting from the whole cast was superb
An excellent treatment of a familiar story (by london_eye)
Of course the story told by this film aliens land in small Mid-West town and start taking over the humans is very familiar but it is still a great story and this film tells it as well as any of the others and better than most . There is a lot of humour, many very good action scenes, and some really nail-biting suspense. But what really makes this film special are the main characters: a delightful group of funny and interesting students, who have to cope with the trials of high-school life as well as the demands of defending the Earth against an insidious alien invasion.If you know the <more>
other films of Robert Rodriguez Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn you will find another film which displays the same wit and assured lightness of touch that makes this director's work such a pleasure.Great Stuff!
A fun tongue-in-cheek referential horror film from the writer of "Scream"... (by MovieAddict2016)
THE FACULTYA Film Review by John Ulmer Copyright, 2004 "The Faculty" piggybacks a lot of great horror films, but also provides a great modern perspective of them all in this multi-remake. Its references range from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" the film's primary inspiration , to "Pod People." But this is no surprise -- the film was penned by Kevin Williamson, the guy behind the self-aware horror hit "Scream" One and Two, as well as "I Know What You Did Last Summer." One of my least favorite horror films of all time, surprisingly. <more>
This is one of his best efforts. It involves a pack of kids at a high school in Idaho who begin to suspect that their teachers are aliens from another planet. A comical idea, yes? That's what I thought. Then I started getting into the movie and realized that it was one of the most fun -- if silliest -- horror films in recent memory.John Hughes would love this film. We have The Nerd Elijah Wood , The Criminal Josh Hartnett , The Jock Shawn Hatosy , The Princess Jordanna Brewster , The New Hot Babe Laura Harris , and The Basketcase Clea DuVall .As I sit at my keyboard and recall the plot and characters, I realize just how routine and clichéd the film really is. But none of these clichés struck me as I viewed the film, which is a bit startling in retrospect.The Nerd, a pre-"Lord of the Rings" Elijah Wood, begins to suspect that his teachers are aliens after the football coach Patrick Stewart, the T-1000 from "Terminator 2" inserts a strange alien creature into another teacher's Salma Hayek ear. A moment later she is fine, and rejects the boy's claims that the coach assaulted her.Then the school begins to be taken over by the alien species, which thrive on H20 and seem intent on taking over the entire planet. Before they do, however, the pack of kids form together and try to stop the aliens. The Criminal who is really smart but plays down his genius creates caffeine-based drugs at his home that dehydrate the aliens and destroy them. So with drugs in hand, the kids march against the aliens in an effort to stop the queen alien. "Since when did you become Sigourney Weaver?" one of the kids asks another.Where, I wonder, are these kids' parents? As these events go on, they seem pretty careless. The Criminal has an entire drug factory in the basement of his house. Do his parents know this? Do they even care? The film doesn't provide a very large backdrop. It is so weak with character introductions, in fact, that it supplies us with freeze-frame name credits every time we see one of the kids' faces. This is usually an early warning side of a bad movie -- check out "Dude, Where's My Car?" if you need more proof. The cast is pretty impressive; along with all the other actors I mentioned above, there's also Christopher McDonald, Jon Stewart, Piper Laurie and Famke Janssen. Pretty impressive. I wondered what drew them to the project before I saw the movie. Then I understood.This is fun. People don't see the fun in this movie because they criticize the flaws too much. It's not meant to be taken seriously -- in case you haven't figured out by now, "The Faculty" is entirely referential and tongue-in-cheek. It's not a remake, as so many critics perceived after their screenings. It's a subtly funny parody.The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez, who is infamous for having strong style but weak plots. His film "El Mariachi" was the breakthrough, and it was followed by two sequels, "Desperado" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," both starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. Hayek is in just about every single one of Rodriguez's films -- she was even in last year's "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over." I wonder if his inspiration is John Hughes, who constantly cast Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and John Candy in his films.Here Hayek has a small part, and the film mostly belongs to the teenage characters. As I think over everything that happened in the movie, it's almost laughably bad -- the things that happen are ridiculous. Very clichéd.But yet I had a lot of fun watching "The Faculty," and any movie that convinces me it isn't stupid when, in fact, it is, is worthy of a recommendation in my book. This is a well-done horror film. I wish they were all as fun and tongue-in-cheek as "The Faculty." Then I wouldn't hate the genre as much as I do at the present.3.5/5 stars.John Ulmer
Today's lesson: kicking alien ass. (by BA_Harrison)
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 <more>
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.