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The Faculty (1998)

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Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

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Robert Rodriguez

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordana Brewster ... Delilah Profitt
Clea DuVall ... Stokely 'Stokes' Mitchell
Laura Harris ... Marybeth Louise Hutchinson
Josh Hartnett ... Zeke Tyler
Shawn Hatosy ... Stan Rosado
Salma Hayek ... Nurse Rosa Harper
Famke Janssen ... Miss Elizabeth Burke
Piper Laurie ... Mrs. Karen Olson
Christopher McDonald ... Mr. Frank Connor (as Chris McDonald)
Bebe Neuwirth ... Principal Valerie Drake
Robert Patrick ... Coach Joe Willis
Usher Raymond ... Gabe Santora
Jon Stewart ... Prof. Edward Furlong
Daniel von Bargen ... Mr. John Tate
Elijah Wood ... Casey Connor
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

And you thought YOUR teachers were weird... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, strong language, drug use and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feelers See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,633,495, 27 December 1998

Gross USA:

$40,283,321

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,283,321
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In exchange for product placement in this film for clothier Tommy Hilfiger's fashion line, the teens from the movie's cast appeared together in a TV commercial & print ad campaign for Tommy Jeans throughout 1998. See more »

Goofs

(at around 12 mins) In the faculty lounge near the beginning of the film, when Mr. Tate has the line "Can we say retirement?," Mr. Furlong's green jacket can be seen next to him. However, at that point, Mr. Furlong is actually talking to Nurse Harper and her patient by the table. Furlong doesn't move next to Tate until later in the scene. See more »

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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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Alternate Versions

The original uncut version of the film included a character named Venus (played by Kidada Jones) who was in about five scenes. All her scenes were cut. She is shown in some TV previews for the film, as well as Faculty/Tommy Hilfinger ads and commercials. She is also visible in a scene in the theatrical version, standing next to Gabe (Usher) in Mr Furlong's (Jon Stewarts) science class when they are looking at the "new species" in the aquarium. See more »

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It's Over Now
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Invasion of the Breakfast Club Snatchers!!
9 September 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Herrington High School in Ohio has the usual groups of disaffected youths – the jock, the goth, the geek, the prom-queen, the drop out etc. However they are not the only ones acting out of the ordinary – the teaching staff all seem to be acting out of the ordinary – drinking water, acting sinister. Geeky Casey has the idea that the staff have been infected, taken over by aliens using their bodies as hosts. Casey's theory spreads to a group of students who decide to take a stand.

Oh my God – an enjoyable and quite clever teen movie! Something must be wrong! The plot is basically a teen twist on The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but is filled with clever references and jokes related to sci-fi. This makes it stand out from other teen movies in that it cleverly plays with the usual stereotypes and makes them feel fresh. The group itself is close to the usual group that learns to get along and accept each other (a la Breakfast Club) – except here they get along through drugs and the battle against aliens!

The director is better known for his big OTT action stuff but here he does a good job with a slow build up and a real feeling of paranoia. Of course it's not as good as the actual Body Snatchers but it still has a real good feeling of fear and tension. The effects are good but Rodriguez uses them sparingly for the most part helping the mood of uncertainty and fear.

The cast are all good. The teens play the stereotypes well but they are outshone by the adults who all get to ham it up in sinister roles. Many of the adults are wasted in minor roles – Hayek for one is barely in it, and MacDonald deserves more than a few minutes. Patrick is very good considering that it could have easily been his T2 role again – running in that distinctive way etc, but he is suitably sinister. Janssen is also good – transforming from a shy flower into her usual vamp. Cameos from Usher, Summer Phoenix and a seemingly pointless role for Harry Knowles (he's been bought!) don't spoil this.

Overall as a sci-fi horror it's pretty good if not great – there are better films around. But as a teen movie it is head and shoulders above the rest of this rather sorry genre and has enough tension, drama and references to be very enjoyable.


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