Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Faculty (1998)

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Writers: David Wechter, Bruce Kimmel, Kevin Williamson

Starring: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Christopher McDonald, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Patrick, Usher Raymond, Jon Stewart, Daniel von Bargen, Elijah Wood

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Six students are about to find out their teachers really are from another planet.

Plot: A horror tale set in a High School where the students suspect the teaching staff of being aliens, who are intent on making the students their victims.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Here's a somewhat interesting take on INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) that strictly confines the situation to a high school.  They're able to stretch the picture out to an hour and forty four minutes for a story that probably didn't warrant that much but Robert Rodriguez was able to make it work.  There are a lot of now familiar faces both young and older which was nice.  Half the cast are currently people that a lot of folks would recognize.  It's well acted and executed but it left me kind of middle of the road.  It's a better than average horror flick with 'teens' that sits above most of its type that have come out in the past twenty years but not so high that it needs to be seen.  I'm really surprised at how mainstream it is considering it was directed by Rodriguez.  It was his third theatrical picture but it doesn't feel like one of his.  He was just a director-for-hire, not something I would associate him with.   I don't know...I guess I expected more.

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