“Casey, when did you become Sigourney Weaver?”
When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicious: their teachers really are from another planet, as mind-controlling parasites rapidly begin spreading from the faculty to the students’ bodies, it’s ultimately up to the few who are left – an unlikely collection of loner, leader, nerds and jocks – to save the world from alien domination.
The Faculty is, without a doubt, the epitome of a sci-fi flick from the 1990s. Much like the horror genre at the time, the sci-fi flicks seemed to take a tried-and-true trope (sorry ’bout the alliteration, there) and give it a nice modern shellacking, maybe with a bunch of young Hollywood go-to stars and starlets. In the case of The Faculty, the idea, apparently, was to make yet another Invasion Of The Body Snatchers style movie, set it in a High School, and have it star Elijah Wood, Famke Janssen, and a bunch of pretty people for the student body, with Jon Stewart as the science professor and Salma Hayek as the school nurse to round out the adult cast. Heck, The Faculty even throws in another 90s genre movie staple, by including R&B performer Usher as the token black character. You know, for the cred.
And like most of the sci-fi movies of that era, The Faculty come off as a B movie trying to be more than the sum of its parts. Like a 13-year-old kid trying to pass as an adult in a liquor store by wearing an obviously cheap and fake mustache. And The Faculty somehow knows it’s not really fooling anyone, but gosh darn it they’re trying so hard you can’t help but enjoy watching with amusement. I would say check it out some time for some 90s-era sci fi fun.