Faculty

Faculty

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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 andSee more details below

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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 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.).

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
UPC:
0065935830023
Original Release:
1998
Source:
Alliance Canada
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
70,642

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Cast & Crew

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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