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Director: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Clea Duvall


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Miramax Films darlings Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter Kevin Williamson teamed up for a high-school alien-horror film that they described as The Breakfast Club meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Dilapidated Herrington High is the location for a story about a school faculty taken over by outer-space creatures, forcing the students to take charge and…  See more details below


Miramax Films darlings Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter Kevin Williamson teamed up for a high-school alien-horror film that they described as The Breakfast Club meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Dilapidated Herrington High is the location for a story about a school faculty taken over by outer-space creatures, forcing the students to take charge and kick some alien butt. School faculty members (Robert Patrick, Bebe Neuwirth, Salma Hayek, and Jon Stewart) are infested with rapidly reproducing space worms that take over their minds and bodies. But never fear, because at this school, between hazing the student body and having sex in the locker room, a Scooby-Doo-ish group of high school students is ready to fight back. The up-and-coming acting talent includes R&B singer Usher Raymond, Elijah Wood, Clea DuVall, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Laura Harris, and Jordanna Brewster. The story is nearly irrelevant, as the real stars are the action and lots of special effects.

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Essentially an attempt to do for the science-fiction/thriller genre what the author had done for the slasher film with 1996's Scream, Kevin Williamson's The Faculty raised the question of where to draw the line between homage and theft. Lifting its plot directly from Jack Finney's The Body Snatchers and the films it inspired, The Faculty ostensibly gets itself off the hook by mentioning Finney's story in the film itself. Was it post-modernism or plagiarism? Regardless, with The Faculty, Williamson and director Robert Rodriguez craft a tight, suspenseful, consistently entertaining (up to a ludicrous finale), and subversive thriller. It's this last quality that most reviews at the time seemed to overlook. The Body Snatchers formula makes a natural fit for the film's conformity-mad high school setting and Williamson and Rodriguez make the most of pitting a band of outsiders, however photogenic and stylishly clad, against the personality-sapping forces of evil. Buried within you'll also find a not-particularly-subtle pro-drug message, an unusually unwholesome element which is at least at odds with the squeaky-clean images of high school put forth by the era's wave of teen films (She's All That, et al.).

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Performance Credits
Elijah Wood Casey Connor
Josh Hartnett Zeke
Clea Duvall Stokely 'Stokes' Mitchell
Laura Harris Marybeth Louise Hutchinson
Shawn Hatosy Stan Rosado
Jordana Brewster Delilah Profitt
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
Michelle Holmes student
Jon Stewart Mr. Furlong
Usher Raymond Gabe Santora
Harry Knowles Water Guy
Summer Phoenix Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Rodriguez Director,Editor,Producer
Douglas Aarniokoski Asst. Director
Elizabeth Avellan Producer
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Michael T. Boyd Costumes/Costume Designer
Enrique Chediak Cinematographer
Bruce Kimmel Original Story
Anne McCarthy Casting
Alex Steyermark Musical Direction/Supervision
Ed Vega Art Director
Mary Vernieu Casting
David Wechter Original Story
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Cary White Production Designer
Kevin Williamson Screenwriter

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The Faculty 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
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goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
a very good movie love Josh Hartnett espically in this movie . The Faculty is indeed a very good movie
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The Faculty transports the viewer to a High School that is incredibly believeable. Josh Hartnett plays the signature ''failing druggie''; Jordanna playing the ''beautiful cheerleader''; Clea plays the signature ''goth''; Laura is the weird ''new girl''; Shawn plays the ''not-so-bright football player''; and Elijah plays the ''hopeless nerd'' that we all know so well. When you see these six in a regular high school setting, you know that they would never even give one another a second glance. But when the aliens invade their school, they realize that their the only ones left who can save the world. They are forced to work together, and when they do, they find out that the others arent as bad as they thought. With a major twist right at the end, this movie ends with a loud bang. I highly suggest this movie to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay the faculty is a really good movie the story is basically based on aliens taking over the school. The 6 people who are the only remainnig poeple in the high scholl and maybe town are left to save the world from aliens, casey, delilah, stan, zeke, stokely, and marybeth. They are way totally different you'd never expect them to ever be seen with any of the others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a chicken by nature. I can't go on rollar coasters, I don't watch horror movies, sci fi's or anything else that's scary. Then I fell in love with Elijah Wood so I watched The Faculty. I loved it! The Faculty totally brought me out of my shell. The special effects, the script, the actors and actresses. Everything was perfect. This is the ultimate movie in horror and sci fi flicks. It's too bad most people don't know about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Faculty is a different sci-fi modern horror that truely catches an original sense to alien horror. The movie takes place in a high school and has the plot of six totally different students uniting as a group to battle off the teachers of their high school who turn out to be aliens. The Faculty is funny, and original. The language is extreme and often exaggerated in some scenes. The violence is heavy with several people being hurt, and some killed. There's no sex, however, a nude woman is seen walking for a lengthy period of time. If you're over the age of 18, I highly reccommend this movie, especially if you want to see a great cast in action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Faculty is one of the best horror/sci-fi film I have seen, the first time I saw it I fell in love the movie. Josh Hartnett is totally hott in this movie, so if your a fan of his I recomend you see this film. The ending is great and the plot is terrific,even though the story is in a completely messed up highschool with very different characters who wouldn't give the time of day to eachother, they all seem to come together and everyone is happy in the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a good movie despite what the customers have said. In fact,it is laughable. I watched this movie after being told that it was one of the best horror/sci-fi films made recently... well it wasn't. The plot was predictable and melodramatic. The main characters were stereotypes and completely unlikable(except Elijah Wood's role). In addition the effects weren't that great. Many times the ''scary'' parts of the movie caused me to laugh outloud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though it wasn't really the best horror movies of all time, the plot and the characters really make the movie a ''must see.'' I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see Elijah Wood in another great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first decided to watch this movie because of Elijah Wood. Then when I watch it I fell in love this is the best Sci-fi/ Horror movie I have ever seen
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this movie to anyone who is obsessed with Elijah Wood; like I am. He is so HOT!! although... i do envy the girl who plays Delilah, and if you want to know why, then go and buy this movie. It is the Best
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutely love this movie, elijah and josh are the hottest guys ever! i have loved elijah ever since i first saw in him in flipper...he was so cute! but now he is HOTT!!! josh was totally awesome in 40 days and 40 nights as well as the faculty...see this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a great movie. Kind of scary but still good. Elijah Wood shines as Casey in this wonderful sci fi flick
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I rented this movie,I was planning on watching it becuase Josh Hartnett and Elijah Wood were in it(I trust their work).I thought the plot was pretty cool,even if I thought it reminded me of a 1950's horror flick.While I was watching it,I realized this movie was better than I thought it would be.I loved the mix of the clashing characters:the badass(but really smart),the stuck-up snob,the loner goth,the geeky photographer,the new girl and the star jock. This movie was gr8!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Elijah Wood ...I loved him ever since he was little...he is such a good actor and person...and when I saw this movie...I was so happy I rented it! I love it ! All the actors and actresses are great! It has a good story-line and is a really good movie... Elijah Rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main reason I rented this movie is because Elijah Wood is in it (that and a friend recommended it). I thought it was great though! I would definitely buy this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favourite films!!! It has plenty of good looking men (Elijah Wood & Josh Hartnett), scenes that will make you jump, legendary quotes and plenty of laughs!!! One of the best teen films of the last few years!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one of the best alien-invasion movies i've seen in a long time. not good enough to give five stars though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elijah Wood claims the crown of sci-fi in this action packed thriller! Full of energy,wit,and attitude, and not to mention a hot,young cast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so scary and that this movie had lots of cool aliens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
in my teens caught this on tv and it was pretty good. this was way before wood's hobbit movie, hartnett's hawk down movie. basically about students being weird and supposed aliens. a classic to look back upon. clea was cool and josh was cute. i'm surprised halloween h20 was his movie debut. elijah was adorable thank you once again fearnet on demand. its one of those movies where you want to be a part of that group or something like a fantasy action movie but this is scifi...and horror which has its moments.
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