Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Scream in this fairly corny but somewhat fun thriller from the director of Desperado and El Mariachi. Enter Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, and Shawn Hatesy, the young cast of the movie. They go up against the likes of Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Salma Hayek, and Famke Janssen - The Faculty.
The plot is simple: Aliens land in a football field in Ohio and begin to multiply through the staff of the high school. A couple kids witness two of the teachers killing another one and forever decide that something's going on, but, as in every horror movie known, no one believes them. But soon, the entire faculty, student body, and even the police are under the spell of these aliens, and the lone group of kids, a combination of mismatches, are all that's left to save the school, and the world.
But no matter what it sounds like, The Faculty isn't really a horror movie. It tries to be but lacks the constant thrills, chills, and scary scenes that most good horror movies have. In fact, there wasn't one time where I jumped, let alone felt suspense. The only suspense came from trying to figure out how the kids were going to kill the main alien, which, conveniently enough, will spell doom for all the other alien people if it dies.
Since The Faculty has a big alien, some quick moving worm-type things, and so forth, computerized effects were needed. Luckily, some pretty good effects are generated, and, for the most part, look realistic, creepy, and gross. The best part is when one of the main characters is revealed to be an alien (of course that has to happen) and their face becomes all distorted and stuff.
The ending was fairly impressive. Boasting some good special effects, a variety of locations, and some good twists, The Faculty can be recommended on its climax alone. The person who turned out to be the big honcho was a good surprise, but the disappointing thing was that the coach (Robert Patrick), who seemingly was the main antagonist through most of the film, had no part at the end.
The Faculty starts out slow with grossly stereotype characters but escalates into a reasonably good film, but it definitely won't impress horror fans.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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