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The Faculty (1998)

3 Ratings: 1.3
Horror movie directed by Robert Rodriguez

Okay, you knew everyone in high school was just a little different: everyone looked at you strangely, the teachers were freaky, and you never could find the right groove to fit into. What if it turned out that it was all because your school was inhabited … see full wiki

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Director: Robert Rodriguez
1 review about The Faculty (1998)

Above Average, Fun Thrill Ride

  • Jan 7, 2006
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+3
While "The Faculty" isn't the greatest horror flick out there, it is worthy of a few viewings. I must admit that four stars is probably more than this film deserves, but I can't help but enjoy this movie. The story, retread as it may be, is fun and played out wittingly by a cast full of up-and-coming stars at the time that will eventually have solid careers. Also, the actual faculty is played by established actors and actresses who you will recognize and perhaps be shocked by their appearance in the film.

The plot has been around the block a few times, mixing stereotypical teenage characters with a stereotypical teaching staff that starts to act just a wee bit strange. As time goes on, people start to go missing or are transformed into zombie-like drones. The small band of heroes, with stellar performances from Clea DuVall and Elijah Wood, must join forces to find the queen of an alien race trying to--you guessed it--take over the world. Other young stars in this flick include Jordana Brewster, Josh Hartnett, and Shawn Hatosy. Usher Raymond makes a small appearance as well. The highlight of the young cast, though, is Laura Harris, who plays her character very well.

The faculty is chock full of mainstream actors, from Robert Patrick(Terminator 2) to Bebe Neuwirth(Cheers, Frasier). John Stewart turns in a memorable performance as the science teacher and I was shocked to see Salma Hayek as the funny school nurse. Famke Janssen goes from shy to svelte as an extra-terrestrial, and Piper Laurie gives a motherly, if not-of-this-worldly performance.

This film is just fun to watch. I can't complain about that. It laughs at itself as well as sci-fi horror as a whole, all the while giving you a story full of solid acting and a little suspense. It's a well done flick worthy of repeat performances.

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