The Faculty Review
Synopsis:Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.
The Faculty (1998) is an American sci-fi teen horror film which had an estimated budget of $15 million and grossed over $40 million at the box office. Director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City (2005)) executed his fourth full-length film nicely which had the biggest budget and the most experienced cast. The Faculty is fast paced, action packed, and contains sexual language, nudity, violence, thrills, tension, adventure, horror, aliens, gore, drug use, bad language, and frightening scenes.
The Faculty starts by showing us the horrific death of a principal in Herrington High School in Ohio. The protagonist students are seen the next morning and are introduced to us. Casey Connor (Elijah Wood - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Green Street Hooligans (2005), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)) is a photographer for the school’s newspaper who is harassed by a lot of students and is also an unappreciated assistant. He is an assistant to the paper’s editor-in-chief Delilah Profitt (Jordana Brewster - The Fast and the Furious (2001), Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013)) who is also the head cheerleader.
Delilah mistreats her boyfriend, Stan Rosado (Shawn Hatosy - Alpha Dog (2006), The Cooler (2003), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)) who is not sure if he wants to keep on playing football or pursue academics. Zeke Tyler (Josh Hartnett - Black Hawk Down (2001), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Pearl Harbor (2001), 30 Days of Night (2007)) is an intelligent student but can be rebellious at times and sells illegal items. Casey notices a creature in the grass at school while eating her lunch on the football field and takes it to the science teacher Mr. Furlong. Delilah is hell bent on finding a new story for the cover page of the newspaper and decides to take Casey into the teacher’s lounge closet to eavesdrop. The duo saw Coach Willis and Ms. Olsen forcing one of the creatures into Ms. Harper’s (Salma Hayek) ear and also discovered Mrs. Brummel (Susan Willis) body. Casey and Delilah flee the scene leading Casey to call the police.
Casey told Delilah, Stan and Stokely that he thinks aliens are controlling the teachers but Zeke and Marybeth teased them about their theory leading Furlong attempting to infect them. What will happen next? What will the students do? All of the actors gave fantastic performances that were realistic and convincing. The Faculty is a film that was not meant to be over analyze but to be enjoyed. I saw The Faculty (made for teens) when I was younger and seeing again today to do this review reminded just how much I enjoyed this spectacular movie that is funny, exciting and scary. With that said, I gave this movie an eight because it is worth watching.
About The Faculty (1998)
Original Title: Feelers, Untitled Kevin Williamson/Robert Rodriguez Project
Runtime: 104 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Total Avg. Votes: 13
Writers: David Wechter, Bruce Kimmel, Kevin Williamson
Director: Robert Rodriguez