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The Faculty
The Faculty
Actors: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     1999     1hr 44min

This hip and edgy thriller from the director of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and the writer of SCREAM and SCREAM 2 sizzles with a hot young cast including Elijah Wood (THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy), Josh Hartnett (PEARL HARBOR), a...  more »


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Actors: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Creators: Bill Scott, Bob Weinstein, Elizabeth Avellan, Harvey Weinstein, Bruce Kimmel, David Wechter, Kevin Williamson
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Dimension
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/22/1999
Original Release Date: 12/25/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 44min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 9/28/2023...
Decent but nothing great. See other Robert Rodriguez films that are much better.
Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 8/1/2011...
The Faculty is a great horror film from Robert Rodriguez! At a school, the teachers and students seem to be being taken over by some alien lifeform. A group of friends must figure out what's happening before they fall to the invader. Or have some of them already? This movie is strongly in the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft fiction (other than the fact that this movie has hot chicks, which Lovecraft wasn't big into). It's got thrills, chills, and humor. If you're a fan of Rodriguez, you're going to love it!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Mary Kate G. (Marika997) from GRIFFIN, GA
Reviewed on 8/21/2009...
Love this movie! One of my all time favorites!!
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

The Moral of the Story: Never Add Water to Anything
TastyBabySyndrome | "Daddy Dagon's Daycare" - Proud Sponsor of the Lit | 01/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"During a time when the cinematic bowels of horror ruptured and teen movies seemed to flood the market and become a dime a dozen, I opted to skip this film because of some very bad experiences that still didn't set very well with me. Like many of the people I knew, there were lingering doubts plaguing me as to whether a mainstreamed cast of this nature could actually approach the terrible in a convincing way and if a theme that echoed "aliens kidnapped my baby while at high school" could actually find a way to be new and diverse. After a time, however, I opted to buy it on an impulse, liking something I had seen about the making of the beast that all the trouble stems from in this tale. After countless rewatches, I have to say that this isn't what I first stereotyped it to be and, although it isn't original, is very appealing.We begin in the confines of our little Ohio-based school system, introduced to the living representations of all our modern stereotypes of what students can be. From there we see the basic interactions and the bullying - the drug-use and subsequent salesmanship, and the athletics - as our gaze is focused through one "geek" (Elijah Woods). Thinking his life is difficult enough already, he finds himself shocked when, looking around on the football field, he discovers the dehydrated remains of what appears to be a new species. Odder still, is its ability to come to life when introduced to water. This leads down even more bizarre pathways for him, and he finds himself and this band of miscreants we spent time watching early becoming stars when thrust into the gears of what seems to be an alien invasion.While the script was nothing new, the actors more made up for this by providing seamless performances that were sometimes dry and sometimes surprisingly funny. On top of this, the effects on this were, in a word, delightful, giving the watcher something to keep an eye out for. From the beast with rows of teeth that would make any dentist smile and sing songs of happiness to the aquarium-based lifeforms, the DVD version of this had a quality that was simply superb. Add all of this together and you get one thing; a movie that is enjoyably delectable."
50's sci-fi meets 90's pop generation.
D. Litton | Wilmington, NC | 08/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most people would think that the above combination would fail, but not at the hand of Kevin Williamson, writer of this wonderful science-fiction film brought to life by talented actors and from the director of "From Dusk Till Dawn." Opening with an intense scene in which the school principal is attacked and overtaken by two alien staff, the film only gets better, introducing us to the seperate lives of each of the students who will come together to stop the faculty, as well as the student body, from taking over the entire town. As more people become converted, the small band of "refugees" begin to discover their own clues, ultimately deducing that the queen alien must be eliminated if they are to save the town. Some might think the plot and material to be juvenile, yet it has a certain intelligence and thinking factor behind its young and fresh cast. Also, the film blends with its story many of the elements used in movies of the same genre from the fifties and sixties, which makes it even better for some reason. Let's just be blunt: everything in this movie works."
The best horror movie ever, fantastic cast and storyline
TastyBabySyndrome | 06/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw "The Faculty" on a plane ride to London and was immediately hooked. I ended up watching it three times just on the plane ride. I thought each of the cast members gave an outstanding performance, and had a great chemistry. I saw some actors that I was already a fan of (Jon Stewart, Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Usher Raymond), and found plenty of new favorites (Shawn Hatosy, Clea DuVall, especially, as well as Jordana Brewster, Laura Harris, and the entire cast). I loved the unraveling of the plot, and how it wasn't based on science fiction only, it also dealt with the average confused teenager. The friendships and relationships that develop between the characters add so much to the plot, making it more than just a horror movie. The concept of the aliens and how the kids were able to use thier talents and areas of knowledge figure out exactly who and what the aliens were was clever, and the script couldn't have been better. The movie made me laugh, scream, and even cry. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I strongly recommend this movie, and if I could give it six stars I would. The best movie I've ever seen."