The Faculty can be seen as one of two things: the biggest ripoff ever, or the perfect blend of genres. The film follows six Ohio high school students as they discover that the faculty members of their school have been taken over by aliens, and are quickly spreading the possession to the students and other members of the town. The teens decide they're the only ones who can fight the invading aliens, as no one else will listen to their story.
Here's a look at the sci-fi horror action comedy:
Critics had it right in saying it clearly took aspects from other films, but the positive reviews had it right in calling it a blend of The Thing, The Breakfast Club, and (most obviously) Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
The film also had all the right pieces behind the camera as well as in front of the camera, having Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk 'Till Dawn, Desperado) as director, Kevin Williamson (Scream, The Following) writing the film, and the Weinsteins (The English Patient, Halloween H20) producing the movie. It was a moderate success at the box office and got mixed reviews from critics, but the film helped launch many of the actors' careers.
Let's take a look at how the actors have come up over the last 17 years:
Elijah Wood - Casey Connor
Since The Faculty: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Everything is Illuminated, Happy Feet, 9, Wilfred, Maniac, Grand Piano, Cooties, Open Windows
Best Quote: "If you were going to take over the world, would you blow up the White House Independence Day style, or sneak in through the back door?"
Josh Hartnett - Zeke Tyler
Since The Faculty: Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, Hollywood Homicide, Sin City, Lucky Number Slevin, The Black Dahlia, 30 Days of Night, Penny Dreadful
Best Quote: "I'm about to take my chances. I leave for five minutes, and when I come back everyone's a fucking alien. Now, if I have to Men in Black your ass, you're going to fucking take it!"
Jordana Brewster - Delilah Profitt
Since The Faculty: The Fast and the Furious franchise, D.E.B.S., The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Chuck, Dallas
Best Quote: "Casey, when did you become Sigourney Weaver?"
Clea DuVall - Stokely "Stokes" Mitchell
Since The Faculty: The Astronaut's Wife, She's All That, Girl, Interrupted, Ghosts of Mars, Identity, 21 Grams, The Grudge, Zodiac, Argo, Carnivale, Heroes, American Horror Story: Asylum, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
Best Quote: "I'm not putting that hack drug up my nose - it's so eighties."
Laura Harris - Marybeth Louise Hutchinson
Since The Faculty: The Calling, Severance, 24, The Dead Zone, Women's Murder Club, Defying Gravity
Best Quote: "This is your big secret? Caffeine pills?"
Shawn Hatosy - Stan Rosado
Since The Faculty: John Q, A Guy Thing, Alpha Dog, Southland, Fear the Walking Dead
Best Quote: "I'm not an alien, I'm discontent."
Robert Patrick - Coach Joe Willis
Since The Faculty: Walk the Line, The Marine, Bridge to Terabithia, Alien Trespass, Gangster Squad, Identity Thief, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, The X-Files, The Unit, True Blood, Last Resort, From Dusk 'Till Dawn: The Series, Scorpion
Best Quote: "'Being chased.' I like that."
Famke Janssen - Miss Elizabeth Burke
Since The Faculty: House on Haunted Hill, X-Men films, I Spy, Hide & Seek, Taken trilogy, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Wolverine, Nip/Tuck, Hemlock Grove
Best Quote: "And if I ever have to see you peddling your little 'Wonder Dust' again, I'm gonna show my foot so far up your ass, you'll be sucking my toes 'till graduation!"
Jon Stewart - Mr. Edward Furlong
Since The Faculty: Big Daddy, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Rosewater, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Important Things with Demetri Martin
Best Quote: "And now, I'm going to just check its prostate."