Scaretober: Movie Review: The Faculty


For the month of October I’ve dubbed it Scaretober in which I will be blogging every day in October. No, it’s not just random blogs in October but specifically scary movies movies. I’m definitely not one of those girls that enjoys scary movies by any means in fact this is a HUGE challenge for me since I’m such a wimp when it comes down to it. Some of the movies reviewed will be super scary and others will just be 90’s cheesy scary compared to today’s standards. There will be a few days during this month that I will be putting up more than one posts, because sometimes you can’t hold any awesome back when it comes to the blog.

Today’s movie is The Faculty


This movie bodes an all-star cast that include the likes of Usher, Josh Hartnet, Selma Hayak, Jon Stewart and Elijah Wood just to name a few. The movie is set in Ohio because if you were aliens and you were going to invade planet earth wouldn’t you want to sneak in the back way instead of going through the front door, or at least that’s what the movie claims. At the beginning of the film Coach Willis is just finishing up football practice when he gets attacked by an unknown person, later that night after a faculty meeting has let out Coach Willis as already attacked Mrs. Olsen and converted her and then proceeds to attack Principal Drake much to her dismay. The next day at school you see Casey, Elijah Wood, being attacked by a group of jocks while people pretend not to notice. Stan, the captain of the football team tells his cheerleader/ newspaper editor girlfriend, Deliah that he wants to quit the football team and concentrate on his studies. Deliah tells him not to disrupt the social standings. Marybeth, a new girl at school attempts to befriend the school goth, Stokely several times. Casey spends lunchtime alone in the football stands and is just about to head back into school when he discovers an organism on the edge of the football field. He takes his finding to his Biology teacher Professor Furlong and he says that it is a species not of this world. After an encounter with a bit of water that hydrates it, they through it into the aquarium that hydrates the creature more and then it transforms it into 2 creatures that attack Professor Furlong. Stan confesses to Coach Willis that he wants to quit the football team and the Coach’s reaction surprises him after he takes a shower where he has a run in with an older teacher, Mrs. Brommel.  Later on Casey and Deliah are doing research for the school newspaper in the faculty room when Coach Willis and Mrs. Olsen appear. The Coach and Mrs. Olsen talk about what has been happening nonchalantly when Nurse Harper walks in. Nurse Harper is attacked before Casey and Deliah’s very eyes and they also find Mrs. Bromel who is now dead. Casey tries to tell Principal Drake and his parents what has been happening to no success later that day. Casey’s parents are now convinced that he is on drugs and need to see a shrink. The following day the school is now nearly completely infected thanks to Nurse Harper’s help. Casey finds Deliah the next day and tries to convince her, Stan, Stokely, and a few others that their school is now filled with aliens. While they are having this conversation Professor Furlong walks in and won’t let them leave. They eventually have to kill Professor Furlong with Zeke’s caffeine shots. The group of students figure out a way to save the town and the world with Zeke’s homemade caffeine shots all of this involves killing the alien queen. The group finally figures out that the alien queen is Marybeth and there’s a final showdown between Casey, Zeke and the aliens. Casey saves the day and kills the alien queen nearly killing himself in the process.  A month later in the movie it says that life in Ohio has changed, but the story is still holding the media’s fascination with aliens.

This movie was much easier to watch now that I’m older. Although an invasion of the body snatchers scenario would creep me out. I did read several reviews on the movie that touted that this was simply an 1.5 hour Tommy Hilfiger ad. It was interesting to watch what scared people in the 90s and what’s scares people now. I think that as a society we are definitely into more blood and guts now. Well, I hope that I see you tomorrow for another Scaretober post!


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