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      28.05.2010 21:05
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      Great film

      The Faculty is a sci-fi horror film that was released in 1998 and written my Kevin Williamson who is well known for Scream and Dawson's Creek. The film is rated 15 due to strong language, moderate violence and sci-fi horror. It has a run time of 100 minutes and the DVD has no extras. Plot Herrington High School is your average school filled with jocks, geeks, cheerleaders and new kids who generally hate all of the teachers and actually having to turn up for classes. Well it was an average school until the teachers are turned into aliens 'Invasion of the body snatchers' style. When a number of students start to realise that something in incredibly wrong, they must team up to figure out exactly what is going on and who the leader is, even if they have nothing at all in common. If they can't work together then the end of the world is about to come...and soon! Cast Elijah Wood as Casey Connor Jordana Brewster as Delilah Profitt Josh Hartnett as Zeke Tyler Clea DuVall as Stokely 'Stokes' Mitchell Laura Harris as Marybeth Louise Hutchinson Shawn Hatosy as Stan Rosado Salma Hayek as Nurse Rosa Harper Famke Janssen as Miss Elizabeth Burke Piper Laurie as Mrs. Karen Olson Bebe Neuwirth as Principal Valerie Drake Jon Stewart as Professor Furlong Robert Patrick as Coach Joe Willis Christopher McDonald as Mr. John Connor Usher Raymond as Gabe Santora My Opinion Ah, the film that introduced me to Josh Hartnett. Forgetting Pearl Harbour, this is my favourite movie of his and it probably always will be now that he seems to have vanished from the movie world. Hartnett plays the quiet but extremely hot outcast who doesn't really seem to have any real friends. Only people who want to buy drugs from him. He does however have really bad hair. Why couldn't have a better stylist been hired instead?? We all love the bad boy don't we. I must say that his acting skills have come on a lot from this film so it is a shame that I haven't seen him in anything for ages. After recently watching this film again, I have only just realised who Jordana Brewster is. I have to say, I thought she was so much better in this film than in either of the Fast and Furious films. I think this is mainly because she was too nice in those films and here, her character is quite a bitch most of the time and had quite a lot of fire in her. I know we aren't really supposed to like these characters but I highly prefer characters like this over the whiney, nerdy ones. Famke Janssen is really quite big now due to X Men but I loved her ever since I saw this film. I though she was remarkable at playing a character with two completely different personalities and this skill has definitely helped her in future films. There are actually some pretty big names in this film even if some do only have quite small roles. Usher Raymond, Salma Hayek, Robert Patrick and Bebe Neuwirth all have roles with some being quite large parts. It's nice to see a mix of quite famous people with others that I have never even heard of before. What I love most about this film is the cast. I loved everyone in this film and thought that they all brought something extremely special and different to their roles, each with something likable and annoying at the same time. This is mainly due to the fact that Williamson uses near enough every cliché that you can think of to make sure that everyone has someone to relate to and one point or another. It is very rare in a film, especially a horror where there isn't anyone that I dislike and I think that is why it is very high on my teen horror films list. While The Faculty isn't exactly scary, there are a couple of moments that made me jump the first time around and if I leave it for so long between viewings, will do so the next time as well. I'm not actually sure if you can really class this film as a horror because it isn't actually scary so I would class it more as a thriller with some gore. The plot isn't original either but Williamson does try to put a different spin on the story to make it more watchable for teenagers. Due to this, I think this film is more than suitable for anyone over 15 but it isn't only for teenagers although there is quite a lot of bad language. I know quite a few older (40ish) people who really like this film so I guess it really depends on what you are into. Also, I didn't feel like this film was only aimed at either a male of female audience which was a smart move on Williamson's part. A really enjoyable teen horror that will always keep me entertained. A quote that makes me laugh: "These are Estee Lauder lips. They take 72 minutes to apply". Who the hell takes 72 minutes to put lipstick on?!

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        24.05.2010 20:49
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        Good 90's movie

        After the first two scream films were released at the cinema and became huge hits the writer of them Kevin Williamson became hot property in Hollywood and wrote the faculty and I remember at the time the huge hype this film generated and how desperate I was to go see it at the cinema. I absolutely love both horror and cool teen movies so I remember coming away feeling a little disappointed with the movie. The other night I was looking for something to watch and came across the film in my collection and thought I would give it a try since it has been a few years since I watched it last. The plot is basically a mash up of the breakfast club mixed together with the invasion of the body snatchers. In an average high school in small town America a group of students begin to realize that something isn't right at their school with the teachers and students beginning to turn into different people. They find out that the school is being taken over by aliens and it's up to them to find out who is the alien responsible and take it down before it turns everyone in their town and then the whole world....... Ok so the plot isn't exactly the most complicated one in the world and its more about the action that any great character developments but this is part of the fun. Director Robert Rodriguez really excels with the action scenes and there are some great set pieces throughout the whole movie. The script by Kevin Williamson is razor sharp and full of the funny modern references he is known for. There is a sub plot of trying to discover who the original alien is The cast is made up of the hottest actors from 1998 and they do a good job whilst all managing to look nothing like your average high school student. There is the usual clichéd American high schoolers such as the jock, bad boy, geek, new girl etc. Unfortunately most of the cast has disappeared into obscurity but it's fun to see a young Josh Hartnett in one of his first roles. Salma Hayek also pops up as the school nurse but her part is more of a fleeting cameo than anything else. I was pleasantly surprised about how well this movie has aged and unlike the first time I watched it I wasn't left feeling disappointed this time maybe as I had lower expectations going into it. I really found it funny and while not scary I liked the spin on the tried and tested alien invasion and it kept my attention throughout and was an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. On a side note the soundtrack to the movie is absolutely superb and I still listen to my copy today. As for features on the DVD well there are none so don't get your hopes up in this regard if your hoping for something to learn more about the movie.

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          28.04.2010 14:12
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          The Faculty

          What would you do if your school was being taken over by alien parasites? Well six students from an American high school are soon going to find out. The faculty first starts with the coach (Robert Patrick) acting a little strange, from drinking his weight in water and standing in the grass Casey Connor soon realises that something is wrong. When all the teachers start acting strangely and the students start becoming emotionless he turns to Stokeley Mitchell who as a Sci-fi freak knows all the answers. The school is being taken over by aliens, the six remaining students all manage to find themselves in the same room when they are attacked by one of the teachers and decide that enough is enough and get out of the school. The six students are: Stokeley Mitchell (Clea DuVall) - Sci-fi freak, a little bit of a loner at school but likes it that way. Casey Connor (Elijah Wood) - The geek who fancies Delilah. Zeke Tyler (Josh Hartnett) - Dealer at school, has been held back a year but he isn't stupid. Stan Rosadao (Shawn Hatosy) - Until a day ago was the captain of the school football team, is in a relationship with Delilah Delilah Profitt (Jordana Brewster) - Head Cheerleader and editior of the school newspaper Marybeth - Louise Hutchinson (Laura Harris) - The new girl. They soon realise that they are the only people who can stop this, they have to work out what exactly they are dealing with and how they can stop it from taking over the world. I really like this film, it's a real teen horror it reminds me of when I was a young teen and watched it for the first time at a sleepover. Watching it today it still hasn't lost its buzz, I recently showed it to my boyfriend and he loved it as well. One thing that I really like about the film is that when we are left with only the six students we are left with one from almost every group. We have the geek, the loner, the popular kid and also the new kid. There is someone for everyone to relate to, which makes this film easier to get into. I really love the cast of students, I feel that they just work really well as a group. They are also very good actors and really believable even with a storyline as unbelievable as this one! I especially love the characters Casey and Stokely, they just really interest me and made me want to know more about them. I was really impressed by the amount of famous names in this film including Selma Hayek and Famke Janssen as well as many of the actors in the younger members of the cast. One scene that I really liked in this film was when the teacher Miss Burke played by Famke Janssen gets pretty. Being taken over by aliens really enhances the female casts good looks, and turning from a shy, stuffy teacher to a hot one who can stand up for herself really showed more sides to her character. It's like what she wanted to be but never had the confidence to do it, until she was taken over by aliens!

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            21.04.2010 16:01
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            Alien parasite takes over humans, mahahaha!

            The film. When weird and creepy things begin happening around Herrington High School, a group of very different teenagers end up being thrown together after each of them make terrifying discoveries about the faculty. Before long the teenagers discover that a parasite alien has taken over the staff and are quickly infecting all the students. Banding together the students take up arms and attempt to save themselves from being taken over. The only problem with their plan is that the alien parasite will keep taking over people until it eventually gets them and the rest of the world. The group of kids realise quickly that even though they are an odd bunch, they are everybodies only chance and have to go against the odds to save the day. My opinion. If I had to choose a recent spooky alien sci-fi film to be my favourite I would easily pick this. Not only is the story really well written, the cast that were brought onboard were fantastic. We have Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Robert Patrick, Famke Janssen and many others that make up a classy movie. We also have the fantastic director Robert Rodriguez! The whole feel of this film is was really well planned, it had many scares throughout and I have to admit that on occassions, I did jump! The whole idea was one that was quite scary too, the idea that aliens are taken over our bodies for world domination. That sort of horror really spooks me out! The eerie scenes are done perfectly and the actual creature when it is made clear, rivals many classic horrors. Although I found the whole idea of the film brilliant, it was the cast that really made it work. The various characters, their different attitudes, came together brilliantly to make up a band of warriros taking on an alien invasion. I do believe this film was intelligently put together and it was done at a time when the main actors were still on the rise, so it meant so many of them could come on board. I think if they were to try and get these people now, many successfull years on, they would fail! I say well done on a great film and recommend this for all to see! It's great! At £3 you cant go wrong. It runs for 1 hour and 40 mins and is rated 15. There are no special features on the disc. Spooky, spooky............enjoy!

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            02.03.2010 17:15
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            Great horror movie a bit like scream but better

            The Faculty was originally released over ten years ago now and combines science fiction and horror in what I have to say in my opinion is a pretty successful way. This movie was really aimed towards the sort of Scream type audiences with the shock value prominent throughout. I found the movie enjoyable when I watched it on DVD recently. So onto the plot. Well this movie revolves around 6 high school students who have save humanity as we know it. Sounds a simple enough premise and it is really. Robert Patrick plays the coach of the high school football team. He mysteriously becomes infected by an alien force which near enough takes over his entire body and controls his every move and action. He then proceeds to spread on this infection to the entire faculty at the school so all the teachers are controlled. As the students start to work out what's going on with their teachers it triggers a fight to the death for the future of the world. It is a little far-fetched to be honest but is good fun nonetheless. The cast really make this movie for me and I found myself more interested in than I perhaps would have been otherwise. At the time of release a lot of the actors in the film were not as well known as they perhaps are today which meant that they all tried that little bit harder and it was an important bottom rung of the ladder in their careers for many. Elijah Wood, who went on to start in Lord of the Rings, plays Casey Connor who is a geek who first figures out what is going on before anyone else. Josh Hartnett plays Zeke Tyler who is a drug-dealer. Clea Duvall plays Stokeley Mitchell. She doesn't fit in at school with others and just wants to be left alone. Shawn Hatosy plays Stan Rosadao and is captain of the football team. Jordana Brewster plays Delilah Profitt, a head cheerleader and editor of the school newspaper. Laura Harris plays Marybeth-Louise Hutchinson who is the new girl trying to fit in. So there is a real mix of individuals in the film similar in a way to the Breakfast club and they are all thrown together in adversity to work together. So can they save the day and make sure Earth is once more free from the alien horror that has taken over their school? The movie itself has some fun moments and has great suspense too. Combine this with the great acting and you have a very entertaining, decent offering. It is well worth watching, especially if you love films like Scream.

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            31.07.2009 15:22
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            We shall overcome!

            I used to go the cinema every week when I was younger, it meant that as well as watching the films I really wanted to see I could experiment and check out films that looked quite interesting but probably weren't really to my tastes. The faculty was one such film, I rented it on Lovefilm recently to reminisce and see if it was still a fun film and it definitely is. The Plot: Herrington High is a school much like any other in America, it has a few standout students but most just want to get by, the teachers have no motivation at all and again just get by, the place is driven by a sense of nothing and is listless, lifeless and just somewhere people have to go to study or pay the bills. Suddenly things start to change, an alien life force infects the school and students become smarter and better behaved, teaches regain their motivation, the school is brightened up and everything seems to have more life about it....however!!! A brave few students realise that the teachers have been taken over and that their colleagues are being overtaken by the alien parasite too and decide to fight back. The Cast: This film had a pretty good cast with Josh Hartnett playing the pretty boy Jock, Zeke, Elijah Wood as the bookish Casey, Usher as Gabe and a younger Jon Stewart as professor Ed Furlong, the cast are mostly fine, this film does have the taste of a 50's B movie and the acting whether intentional or not adds to this, its not great but it works much better in this film being somewhat amateurish. 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 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 My View: I really enjoyed this film even more on a second viewing, having subsequently watched a lot of films, I really appreciated what Robert Rodriguez, the director and Kevin Williamson, the writer had done, they have thrown the usual alien takes over people and makes them do bad things plot on its head and made the alien overthrow actually improve things as it gives the students and teachers order and makes them think much more than they had been. In many ways its almost a positive thing, and you do struggle at least at first to feel any sympathy for the kids who don't want to fall under this spell, however one thing that runs through the whole film is an impending sense that something bad will happen and it does, the outsiders are eventually found by the larger community and a battle commences, it's a bloody fight with plenty of OTT violence, which is almost cartoonish, the action moves at quite a pace The two things I liked most about this film are the story and the script, there are some brilliant one-liners and Williamson clearly had a blast in paying homage to old films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Rodriguez has shown he has a real taste for old B-movies and gives this film the taste and feel of a high class B-movie but its much more than that. The film is cleverly shot at a slower pace prior to the alien takeover at a faster more lively pace thereafter, the cast clearly are having fun, the special effects are fun if gory and the story despite some minor logical flaws really shoots along at quite a pace. If you like any of Rodriguez' films or found the clever knowing scripts of the Scream genre to be fun, you'll love this film. The DVD I borrowed the dvd from Lovefilm, however it can easily be bought on Play.com for £5.99.

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            21.07.2009 16:57
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            Derivative but fun

            Robert Rodriguez is one of the most diverse and interesting filmmakers working today - from this low-budget origins in films such as El Mariachi and Desperado, to Spy Kids, to his more recent outing Planet Terror, he's dabbled in a variety of genres. One of the lesser works attributed to his canon is The Faculty, a B-movie-esque science fiction film that boasts a good cast, and is rather fun throughout. The premise is simple - alien parasites are taking over a school, turning everyone into emotionless, affectionless automatons, beginning with the staff and then setting their sights on the students. Robert Patrick plays a PE teacher who is a particular threat, in a delicious role that's nice to see for those that loved him in Terminator 2. Josh Harnett plays a young student that deals drugs, and there is an interesting morality inherent here, because it is soon discovered that the aliens aren't too fond of these drugs. Elijah Wood plays the geek to a T, and is in love with the beautiful Jordana Brewster, who is also trying to survive. Famke Janssen also stars as a nerdy teacher that, of course, is really quite beautiful, but rarely shows it. Clea Duvall also plays the misfit girl that most of the cast believe to be a lesbian. It's a solid cast, and they all do more than serviceable jobs. The film is mostly a school-set remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, although it feels as though they wanted to draw attention to this fact in a postmodern way to somewhat free themselves from criticism of being derivative. They fail to emancipate themselves though, but at the same time, whilst this is unoriginal, there's so much young energy here, both from the cast and from hungry director Rodriguez, that it's a fun and entertaining B-movie ride. Although derivative and overly referential, The Faculty is a fun B-movie throwback with impressive effects and a solid cast.

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            02.02.2009 17:05
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            A good all round 90's romp of a film

            The faculty is a good example of a late 1990's teenage horror sci fi flick...milder than the Scream films it focusses on the takeover of a school by aliens who take over people in a gruesome way (and without wishing to spoil it...it is worth waiting to see it!). The film is reminiscent of the Body Snatcher movies...only a few kids can really see whats going on and try hard to save others from what is happening, but obviously the aliens being clever little blighters have infiltrated all the right people... The group of teenagers soon realise what they have to do to save everyone and have to confront possibly the biggest and ugliest thing you will ever see. It is great, well made with CGI and puppetry work and in terms of cinematic monsters...its a gem! There are some highly memorable scenes in this film. I loved the alien in the swimming pool and also the scene when they discover that one of the gang may not be who they think they should be........ In terms of the genre it is ok, it has enough action to keep us interested and a good soundtrack throughout the film. I am so glad though that the teachers at my school were not like this!

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            08.12.2008 02:00
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            Very well made sci-fi/alien film

            Robert Rodriguez's 1998 film The Faculty is a decent teen horror/sci-fi film with an impressive cast and a god plot. The film came at a time when teen films were the rage in the mid-90s. This, mixed with the sci-fi element, gives us a thoroughly entertaining hour and a half of suspense and alien horror! A serious of bizarre events convinces a couple of students at a faculty that their teachers are no longer teachers, and have been taken over by some kind of invading aliens who take over humans' bodies and use them to spread in an attempt to control the entire human race. Only a small handful of students realise the danger, but can they do anything about it before it's too late? This film gave a starring early role for Josh Hartnett, and his performance is good, as is that of Famke Janssen and a string of familiar faces. Usher makes an appearance, along with Jordana Brewster, Salma Hayek, Robert Patrick and Elijah Wood, and all involved do well. The supporting cast are also entertaining. The special effects are very good in the film and do it justice. They are well created with Rodriguez using them and the cast cleverly to create suspense and entertainment all the way through. There are elements which could have been improved on, and the film is a little predictable at times, but this does not detract from a very enjoyable experience. The film did quite well upon release, and I rank it as good as films such as the Scream series, which recieved more fervent publicity than The Faculty did. The DVD for The Faculty is avalable from amazon.co.uk for £3.98.

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              12.10.2008 18:30
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              Aliens are taking over the world....again

              A alien sci - fi film from 1998, directed by Robert Rodriguez, who is also known for films like From Dusk til Dawn. Set in Herrington High school, Herrington the film centres around a group of teenagers who are the only people left in their town not infected by a parasite that takes over their mind and controls them, making them infect more people. All of the teenagers are from different cliques and each are trying to take control of their own destinys by trying to become the person they really want to be. After seeing their friends and parents become infected they try and find the 'Queen Bee' - The alien parasite who is on control of the whole thing. After a few failed attempts, and several of them get lost during the way. They finally find the Queen bee and she gets what's coming to her. Predictable in places, but enjoyable all the same.

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              12.10.2008 17:35
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              Worth a watch even though it's not going to give you spine tingling chills

              I think I was attracted to this film when it was on TV because I saw it had Josh Hartnett in, rather than the fact it's about aliens. I missed the last half hour when we had a powercut (typical!) so I ended up buying it on DVD because I really wanted to see how it concluded. I must admit, even though I don't usually go for films with alien encounters, I actually really enjoyed this film. The Faculty, directed by Robert Rodriguez, was released in 1999. Rodriguez has a talent for directing and writing films that have resulted in extremely popular works, such as From Dusk Till Dawn, Scream, Death Proof and Sin City. His knowledge shines through this slick and edgy thriller. The film is based on a group of High School students who witness eerie goings on within their school as teachers start behaving strangely. There's a frequent use of violence and language through the movie which is why it's rated certificate 15, but the uses are used purposefully. We see a bit of gore (but not as much as I'd like being a trashy horror fan) and the language is typical of teens, especially when faced with aliens! The cast is well-chosen with a selection of top actors/actresses, including Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Clea DuVal, Selma Hayek and Usher (a little unexpected but he still plays a convincing role). The performances are realistic and do the film and script justice. Throughout the 100 minutes running time, we're taken on the journey of a smaller group of students within the high school who have cottoned on to what's happening within the school and decide to investigate. As they encounter obstacles and try to come up with inventive ways of defeating the 'queen bee' alien, they're up against the clock to save the lives of, well...everyone. It's no easy feat but it's easy to watch and the film flows well. It keeps suspense and is both visually and audibly pleasing to watch. There's nothing I can really say against this film in particular although it's not as scary or thrilling as it could be. It doesn't have that 'wow, I love this film' appeal, and you probably wont add it to your favourites list, but that said it's still worth a watch.

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              25.09.2008 19:09
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              A sci-fi fantasy that doesn't take itself too seriously

              The Faculty is a teenage Science Fiction film that asks you to meet the alien generation. The film was released in 1998 and has a hot young cast, which includes Josh Hartnett and Elijah Wood. Now this film certainly isn't one that I would class as in my favourites but somehow it is a film that I keep coming back to. I think the reasoning behind this is the fact that despite the cast being relatively young the acting is more than decent. Furthermore the film doesn't take itself too seriously and is merely a piece of light entertainment that odes to be perfectly honest keep you entertained for it's 100-minute duration. The film is based within Herrington High School where some very creepy things have started to happen. Now I'm sure at one point or another you've wondered whether your teachers are really aliens but at this school that is exactly the case and some chilling discoveries by the students confirm their worst suspicions. As the mind-controlling parasites spread rapidly from the faculty to the students it is ultimately a small and mixed group of students who are left and must do everything within their power not only to save themselves but also to save the world from alien domination. Now obviously due to the fact that this is a science fiction style film the storyline is far-fetched. Within the storyline though some of the events that occur could happen and so in this way the film is kept grounded. The cast of this film certainly deserve credit for this film as the 6 students left to defend the world give very convincing performances for the main of the film. Josh Hartnett as Zeke the confident and cocky older student who becomes the somewhat leader of the group gives off the strongest performances and really holds the rest of the cast together. This is not to say however that the others cannot stand together because that is not the case. Elijah Wood also gives a solid performance as Casey a loner and a nerd and Clea DuVall also gives a good performance in a similar role. The rest of the 'child' cast is made up of Jordanna Brewster, as Delilah the lead cheerleader, Laura Harris, as Marybeth the new girl, Shawn Hatosy, as Jock Stan. The film as you can tell is a little cliché, as it shows a bunch of kids with different personalities, aspirations pull together for a common cause and in the process realise exactly how much they have in common. Despite this however the film is rather enjoyable to watch. The scripting is decent and contains a decent level of humour. The filming is more than adequate and the soundtrack does manage to convey different emotions and introduce tension into the film at the correct points. The Faculty is therefore a film that I would recommend. It has a rating of 15, which I think is about right due to the use of strong language and moderate violence within. So if you fancy a quiet evening in The Faculty may be the film for you. Due to its age it can be purchased relatively cheaply online or from most good DVD outlets.

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              A good film for sci-fi fans!

              Released in 1998, The Faculty is a movie directed by Robert Rodriguez, who previously directed hit movies Desperado and From Dusk Til Dawn, and who has since continued his success directing the likes of Sin City. The Faculty stars a number of young actors, who at the time were up and coming, and who have since gone on to become very successful names in the movie business. These include Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Jordana Brewster and r&b star Usher. The Faculty centers on a group of students, who after a series of strange event, begin to suspect that the teachers at their high school are actually not of this world. As the changing attitudes of the teaching staff, and by now students also, becomes stranger and stranger, their suspicions are finally confirmed. As the entire town gets taken over by this alien parasite, they fear that they are the only few left in the town yet to be infected. They come across a way to kill the parasite, and must find and terminate the original source before it's too late. I found this movie to be very enjoyable. It's not a great film by any means, but it's certainly one that's worth watching if you like your sci-fi flicks. The movie is basically a modern day version of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', and whilst it's nowhere near as good as it, The Faculty certainly has a lot of appeal, maybe more so for the younger audience. The movie's plot is very good, with a few nice twists along the way. The movie is obviously designed to target a younger audience, but there is quite a lot of strong language, violence and gore in the film, as the 15 certificate rating suggests. There are a whole host of stars in the movie, many of which have quite small roles, but since this movie is now 10 years old, many of them were still relatively undiscovered at the time. The likes of Famke Janseen, Salma Hayek and Robert Patrick take up role as the faculty staff, giving the movie a quality feel. I would definitely recommend this movie to fans of the sci-fi genre, or to anyone who likes a good teen action / horror movie. It's not the best film you'll ever see, but it was certainly one that I enjoyed very much, and would watch again.

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                Having bought the film after watching it the cinema I thought I would explain what the faculty is about and what special extra's the DVD contains. The Storyline: The storyline is based around a group of school kids who attend Herrington high school in America. The lead role is split between Elijah Wood who is better known for his part in Lord of the Rings as Frodo Baggins and he plays a rather shy nerdy character called Casey. Another actor who is quite well known who stars in this film is Josh Hartnett who plays the character Zeke who is in his own way a Del Boy as he sells many illegal substances. The character Stokely is a gothic type of female who keeps herself to herself when possible and she is played by the actress Clo DuVall. The story is about a school in which a quiet country girl called Mary Beth who is from the country and she seems a rather quiet type of person but is she as innocent as she appears?. The mysterious events happen when Casey finds a rather odd species on the playing fields and decides to take it to his professor for further analysis, the professor cannot explain what exactly Casey has found as he himself is unsure. This species starts off the spread of an unknown virus type infection which can be passed on from person to person through a rather gory method!. The only way this virus can be stopped from spreading is to kill the source of the outbreak which will then release the people it contains from its grip. The DVD is approximately 100 minutes long and is available itself doesnt have many features, it contains the standard scene access option, subtitles and is available in Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Unfortunately the version I have is widescreen and not having a widescreen TV can spoil some films aswell but this didnt affect my judgement. I bought the film when it was released at Virgin Megastore for £15.99 although the price will have dropped by now.

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                19.02.2003 20:02
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                The Faculty, teen scare flick from 1998 is about a parasitic creature that left it’s own world because it had dried up of fluid and all moisture and escaped to Earth. The alien chooses a school in Ohio (Herrington High) to then spread itself across the earth. It does this by multiplying and entering the victim through the ear splashing blood all over the place and then sucking up all the moisture of the person. In turn it then controls the person mentally and physically. The same process is then used to spread “itself” from person to person. Soon all of The Faculty (teachers) are infected and snatched by this creature. This creature also infects most of the students apart from an incongruous group of six non-infected students. They are different in some way from the rest of the school and were not infected basically they were not cared about enough for example between them there is a geek, “lesbian”, jock, cheerleader etc and it is them who now have the job of saving the town and the earth from complete takeover. The six students are Casey (Elijah Wood – Deep Impact, Lord Of The Rings) who is the school geek. At the beginning of the film he is seen being punched in the nose, bashed into a pole and in the toilets nursing his broken nose, he fancies Delilah and has photos of her all over his room. Delilah (Jordana Brewster) is the main cheerleader and prep in the movie, all she cares about is image and whether her make up is applied correctly. This in mind it is not surprising that she is angry when her boyfriend Stan decides to quit the American football to concentrate on his studies. Stan (Shawn Hatosy) is the sports teams top quarter back and top jock, his academic studies are failing. He quits the team, which makes him very unpopular. Stokely secretly fancies him. Stokely (Clea DuVall), who has her image as a lesbian to protect her from people. She does not want friends, as she fears rejection and hurt and telling peopl e she is a lesbian keeps people away from her. She secretly fancies Stan although she would never act upon that preferring to keep her distance from him. Mary Beth is the first person that has tried to make friends with her. Mary Beth (Laura Harris) is a new and very shy student who starts to attend the school just before the strange happenings occur. She is from Atlanta with a heavy southern accent. She becomes friends with Stokely and gets very up, close and personal with Zeke. Zeke (Josh Hartnett – H2O, Pearl Harbour) is repeating his senior year despite being one of the most intelligent people in his classes. His parents have left him to fend for himself and he earns by making drugs from his ‘own recipe’ and selling them to his fellow pupils. He also sells nude celebrity videos, condoms ‘cherry flavoured’, ‘chocolate’ laxatives and fake identity cards. Other actors include Famke Janssen (Deep Rising, X-Men) as a very shy, English teacher who suddenly becomes rather confident after being infected by the other faculty members and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2) the sports coach with a rather bi-polar temper who is also the first member of the faculty to be infected by the alien. They play their parts well and Robert Patrick is surprisingly chilling as he teases and chases his first victim the woman principle round the school at night after a teacher meeting. He suddenly appears behind her asking for a pencil, they argue. She then gives him the pencil telling him to leave he then proceeds to stick the pencil right through her hand. Obviously she doesn’t stick around and runs for the exit but she has left her keys in the office and runs back to get them. Robert Patrick’s voice booms out the speakers saying will Principle Drake please report to the office. It works very well. Directed by Robert Rodriguez (Desperado and Dusk Till Dawn) and produced by Elizabeth Avellan with a screenplay by Kevin Wil liamson (Scream Trilogy) this film delivers an 'unpredictably and rather surprising, smart, full on, scary hit.' They keep you guessing as to who the queen alien being is as this is a film based on The Body Snatchers and the students figured out that if you kill the “mother ship” so to speak you kill them all. The lines are also made up of immense wit, comedy and seriousness mixed with swearing which rings true with what teenagers say and do. ‘Your borrowing things from the science lab?’ ‘I prefer to think of it as stealing’ and ‘Sorry I was breathing here’ ‘That’s just it, your taking up my air you anal probe!’ As the six students then manage to get out of the aliens grasp due to Zeke’s homemade drugs (metamphetamines) that are dehydrating agents and therefore dries out the alien in the host and so it dies but so does the host. They go to Zeke’s house where they each take a ‘hit’ of this drug to make sure noone out of them is an alien. One of them turns out to be an alien and then proceeds to destroy all of Zeke’s equipment so he cannot make any more ‘Scat’ aka the drug. The alien escapes and they are left having to try to find the queen parasite with their limited supply of Scat. When they think they know who the queen is something happens which then makes that impossible and so until the end you are left wondering just who could the queen be. This is quite intelligent, the clues are in there but very cleverly hidden so when you first watch the film you are not going to take notice or look out for them. The rip-off from The Body Snatchers is over the top, but I think this is part of the films attraction and although it can be quite cheesy the way the characters themselves make references to both The Body Snatchers and The Puppet Masters it just does not spoil the film. You could actually see it happening if six outcast students were “given” the job of saving the world how many would think about what happens in the films as a guide? Quite a lot I would imagine. The special effects are good on this film, making the aliens look realistic without going over the top. Although they’ll make you want to grab the nearest person in fear. All the stereotypical conventions are there such as darkness, isolation, a large space in which the action takes place and not forgetting the evil. For example in the last scene Casey while he is fighting the monster he is on his own, isolated while his “friends” are either infected or knocked out. He is in the school gym; it is rather large with changing rooms, swimming pool and stadium it is also pitch black in there with it being at night and all the lighting off. A perfect setting for a finale, one that is very true to the rest of the story although it could be argued to not be dramatic enough but I think the chase before the destruction of the alien is dramatic enough. There is plenty of action without the director going over kill. This film received a 15 certificate due to its language and the wide range of issues that it deals with such as drug abuse, aliens, horror, blood and violence and it’s theme being classified as sci-fi horror. Here are the criteria that it was given as being 15. Frequent, strong language. Once moderate nudity, frequent, moderate violence. Meaning 100 minutes or pure entertainment. The soundtrack of the film that I also own fits in very well with the theme and story. There are various artists included most well known and the lyrics fit like a glove to the film. Songs such as Another Brick In The Wall performed by Class 1999 with the lyrics ‘teachers leave them kids alone’ and The Kids Aren’t Alright by The Offspring. The music is modern and suits the film well. Other artists are Garbage, Creed, Sheryl Crow, D Generation Soul Asylum, Stabbing Westward, Neve , Shawn Mullins and Oasis. There is also a bonus track that wasn’t featured in the film called Maybe Someday by Flick. The backing music also has a very eerily feeling surrounding it. Overall I found this film very entertaining and I have watched it many a time, it is enjoyable as it is scary. The actors/actresses blend and gel together. There is a real chemistry between them and they make the characters believable, as you do believe that these young people are in this situation. Being a late teenager myself I found that I could relate to these characters and I think that that made the film more enjoyable for I actually began to care what happened to these people. The soundtrack can also keep you entertained for a long amount of time at a time although I think that it would only appeal to teenagers. But the film itself could appeal more to the adult audience more than say its predecessor Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer because it has a mature feel to it and some older actors like Bebe Neuwirth to give it depth rather than your average teenage slasher film. If you like all things sci-fi and horror I recommend this film to you. If you are thinking whether to watch this or Scream remember this. ‘Aliens are taking over the world, weigh it!’

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                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 by creepy aliens from outer space? That's the enjoyably cheesy B-premise for this fun and scary flick from the pen of Scream's Kevin Williamson, the master of the post-modern teen horror film. Directed by Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi), it's The Breakfast Club meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as six disparate students from Herrington High School band together when they discover that an alien life form is invading both the student and faculty bodies, with plans to take over the world. Each of the heroes represents a different high school type: popular babe (Jordana Brewster), picked-on geek (Elijah Wood), goth girl (Clea DuVall), sensitive jock (Shawn Hatosy), new kid in town (Laura Harris), and bad-boy rebel (Josh Hartnett). The plot isn't much--a basic kill-or-be-killed premise spiked with a healthy shot of paranoia--but Willliamson and Rodriguez do a great job of building the tension slowly but surely. The suspense set pieces are genuinely frightening, and the film pokes fun at itself without deflating its scares; Williamson is a master at shifting gears from comedy to horror quickly and adroitly. The young cast doesn't have a weak link among them (with special kudos to Wood, DuVall and heartthrob-in-the-making Hartnett), and Rodriguez gets maximum mileage from the titular faculty, which includes Jon Stewart, Piper Laurie, Salma Hayek, Bebe Neuwirth, and Robert Patrick of Terminator 2. Go to the head of the class, Mr. Williamson. --Mark Englehart