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The "The Faculty" Thread
« on: January 29, 2007, 07:39:03 am »
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Welcome to THE FACULTY THREAD !

The Faculty is a 1998 horror/science-fiction film, written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodríguez. The film stars Elijah Wood, Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris and Josh Hartnett.
The Faculty is about a fictional high school, Herrington High (said to be located somewhere 'in the middle of Ohio'), at which the faculty and staff become taken over by alien parasites. In turn, the faculty then infects the students with the organism. A rag-tag group of six students resists, including: Zeke Tyler (Josh Hartnett), a loner and genius repeating his Senior year because he didn't care about graduating, whose parents travel constantly so as to 'get away from their big bastard mistake,' and who sells, among other illegal items, a cocaine-like drug of his own creation to his fellow students; Stan Rosado (Shawn Hatosy), a jock who decides Senior year to quit the football team and focus on his academics; Stan's girlfriend Delilah Profit (Jordana Brewster), a popular, yet vindictive girl who is the editor in chief of the student paper; Casey Connor (Elijah Wood), an outcast picked on by the students at Herrington, who has a crush on Delilah, and who is intelligent and a photographer for the school newspaper; Stokely 'Stokes' Mitchell (Clea DuVall), a female outcast who claims to be a lesbian in order to prove her independence from people, and has a crush on Stan; and Marybeth Louise Hutchinson (Laura Harris), the new girl at school, claiming to have come from Atlanta to live with relatives because her parents had died in a car crash, and who has a crush on Zeke.
The aliens who take over the school do so by injecting a parasitic organism into the ear, which takes over the brain and creates what appears to be a different version of the person--one that desires to spread the parasite as much as it can. The faculty sends the entire student body to the nurse for ear inspections, where they are taken over by the parasite. Before this, however, Casey has figured out their plot (he and Delilah are hiding in the teacher's lounge closet when they see the nurse taken over by the parasite), and he warns Stokely, Delilah, and Stan. Joined by Zeke and Marybeth, who overhear them talking of aliens in the science lab, they are all convinced of Casey's theory when Mr. Furlong (Jon Stewart), the science teacher, enters the room and attempts to infect them with the alien. Zeke pulls out a pen filled with his drug, and jams it into Furlong's eye, which then dissolves the alien inside his brain.
Thus, they all leave the school, which has become completely infected, and go to Zeke's house with a sample of the parasite, where they verify that Zeke's drug is diuretic/desiccant and drys the alien out. Stokely speculates that destroying the queen alien will kill all the parasites, without killing their victims. Soon, the group becomes suspicious of each other. To prove that they have not been infected, they each take turns snorting the drug. When Delilah's turn came, she refused, revealing that she had already been infected. She then destroys most of Zeke's supply of the drug, as well as his equipment for producing it, before getting away. With the remainder of his drug, the remaining five go to the school (where the entire town is watching the school football game). They succeed in killing Principal Drake (Bebe Neuwirth), but the other hosts remain unaffected and Stan is infected. Because they ran out of their supply of the drug, Zeke and Casey decide to go to Zeke's car for more. Marybeth and Stokely wait inside the school gym, for their return. While Casey served as the decoy, Zeke went to his car. There, he encounters Miss Burke (Famke Janssen), who is infected; he decapitates her by driving into a bus, though she survives.
At the same time, Marybeth reveals herself to be the queen alien by changing into a large aquatic creature. Casey returns before Zeke, and he and Stokely must run from the transformed Marybeth. Zeke returns with more of the drug, only to find that Stokely, too, has been infected. He and Casey fight Marybeth, but Zeke is knocked out, leaving only Casey. In an attempt to persuade Casey into surrendering, Marybeth delivers a speech about how she crashed onto Earth, came to their school, found all of them alienated and unhappy, and started infecting them in order to create a better life for the entire world, one of harmony and acceptance, and then attempts to seduce him. Casey rejects her advances, running through the back of the gym's bleachers after triggering them to collapse against the wall, and the alien (having chased him) becomes trapped. Casey then stabs the drug into her eye, killing her.
After this, these five adolescents are completely changed--Zeke applies his genius to schoolwork and has joined the football team (and seems to be dating Miss Burke); Stan and Stokely become boyfriend and girlfriend; Stokely changes her appearance and is happy now; Delilah and Casey become boyfriend and girlfriend; Casey is more accepted at school and Delilah is no longer vindictive.
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The naming of the characters contains inside jokes, such as Principal Drake (the Drake equation being one that attempts to define the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in the universe), and names referring to prophets of The Bible (Zeke is short for Ezekiel; Delilah Profit may refer to Delilah, from the book of Judges, and Profit referring to prophet).
The parking lot and football field of Lockhart High School are seen prominently throughout the film.
Tagline: Six students are about to find out their teachers really are from another planet.
Several references to Terminator 2: Judgment Day in addition to the most obvious, which is Robert Patrick who played the T-1000 in said film. One is the Elijah Wood character, whose last name is "Conner," which was the last name of both Sarah and John Connor. The character of "John Connor" was played by actor Edward Furlong, the name given to Jon Stewart's character in this film (as Prof. Edward Furlong).
Several references to John Carpenter's version of The Thing the plot of which was an alien invasion of Earth by beings that make exact replicas of humans to blend in. One is the scene where the characters sit around under the threat of another one who administers a test to see who is human and who might be alien. Another is the decapitation of an alien-human character who then grows legs (in this case tentacles) to move about.
Group of kids are a homage to make up of the kids in the film The Breakfast Club with a jock, a basketcase/outsider, a princess, a geek and a rebel. It even ends with the jock and the basketcase hooking up.
It directly references the two book/movie stories that it mimics concerning aliens invading Earth using people as costumes: The Puppet Masters and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
This was one of the only Robert Rodriguez films not to receive special treatment on DVD. Missing are traditional extras typical for a Robert Rodriguez DVD including "10 Minute Film School", audio commentary and making-of featurettes. Fans attribute this to the fact that this was the only Rodriguez film that he didn't write himself leading many to believe that he only directed it because of a contractual obligation with Miramax.
This was originally set to be writer Kevin Williamson's directorial debut. He backed out in order to focus on Teaching Mrs. Tingle instead.
The car Zeke drives is a 1970 Pontiac GTO.
The absence of deleted scenes or a director's cut version of the film on DVD is especially disappointing to fans since several scenes involving an additional character named Venus, played by Kidada Jones, were shown in previews but cut from the film.
Cast
Elijah Wood Casey Connor
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
Bebe Neuwirth Principal Valerie Drake
Robert Patrick Coach Joe Willis
Usher Raymond Gabe Santora
Jon Stewart Professor Furlong
Piper Laurie Mrs. Karen Olson
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P.S:I searched and didn't find this thread before.Have fun !!

I watched "the faculty" two months ago  It was really brillant.And I am really jealous of "Delilah".If you watch,you can guess "why" ! I hope,I can find some pics for you later !
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Re:The "The Faculty" Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2007, 01:09:22 pm »
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I liked that film, although I usually don't watch horror movies.
Actually, I avoid watching them, but I watched that movie because I knew Elijah was in it *gg*
I already watched it several times, so I don't know anymore what I thought about it when I saw it the first time, but I liked the end.
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2007, 01:59:06 pm »
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Quote from: Suomi {DA} on February 04, 2007, 01:09:22 pm   

I liked that film, although I usually don't watch horror movies.
Actually, I avoid watching them, but I watched that movie because I knew Elijah was in it *gg*
I already watched it several times, so I don't know anymore what I thought about it when I saw it the first time, but I liked the end.

I agree..Actually,I do not like horror films.But,I watch this.Because,ELIJAH IS THERE TOO !!!!     
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2007, 11:56:09 am »
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Hey Guys,While I was watching a little bit of 7th Heaven on my new channel The CW on Sunday.I guess it's either a New York or Philadelphia channel.I saw a commercial for "The Faculty"to be on this coming Saturday at 8:00PM.So,get ready to see Elijah in action.But to be certain check your local listings to make sure.
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2007, 11:10:28 am »
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I loved this film and I didn't expect to, I only watched it for Elijah as I usually hate horror films.

But I thought Elijah was great, and I could really emphasize with his role as the geeky kid who gets bullied.

Also the fact that John Stewart makes an apeparance as the science teacher pleased me immensley.
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2007, 11:25:30 am »
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Hi

I love this film, saw it at the cinema when it first came out, then bought it on dvd, when I became a fan of Elijah a few years back. I watch it loads now after lotr.

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2007, 05:49:17 pm »
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Quote from: elizabeth coffey on June 04, 2007, 11:25:30 am   

I watch it loads now after lotr.

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I can imagine that watching The Faculty after LOTR would be a good idea, it would help to watch a lighter film after the more heavy going LOTR.
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2007, 06:31:03 pm »
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It kinda surprised me that it was supposed to be a horror movie.  To me, it was more funny; funnier than "The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," which was silly IMO (I only watched it because of 'Lij -- I can't stand Jim Carrey).

And yes, I was very jealous of Jordana Brewster. 

Actually, it's just about my favorite of 'Lij's movies, because he gets to play the geek-turned-hero who ends up getting the girl.  Poor baby, his first scene consists of him getting off a school bus and promptly walking into an elbow, getting knocked flat on his butt -- and getting a bloody nose in the process.

And the scene I took my sig from totally ROCKS!
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2007, 12:19:11 pm »
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It was a good film and one of the only alien type films that i went and bought.
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2007, 07:35:22 pm »
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I watched this movie a long time ago, and I´m afraid it is not one of my favourite. I wouldn´t consider it as a horror movie either.
Definitely not one of Elijah´s best performances. Although it is a nice movie to see. I specially liked the scene when each of them is trying to prove to the others who the alien is... funny.
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2007, 11:40:26 pm »
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Ah, I love "The Faculty" so much. I had such a crush on Zeke and Casey Connor is probably my favorite Elijah character...up until the "One month later" crap. I'm sorry, but was anyone else kind of annoyed with his character when he got the make-over. Being on the cover of Time and branded as a hero seemed to have gone to his head. I much prefered the geeky Casey to the "new and improved" Casey. Ugh. And I will admit I was kind of hoping Casey and Stokely would get together. Delilah rubbed me the wrong way with her "these are Estee Lauder lips! They took 72 minutes to apply."

So whenever I watch the movie...I like to pretend that "One month later" segment doesn't exist!
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