Hey, guys, if you haven’t already, check out the latest episode of The Vintage Talk Bag from last week. A.J. Hoffman and Andy Witucki from The Small Market Podcast join me to talk about Masters of the Universe (1987) and, boy, do we get into it!
Next week, my brother Adam joins me for his second visit to talk about Roger Corman’s “Tales of Terror” (1962), so don’t miss it!
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What happens when you pit high school students against an
alien invasion? You actually get a pretty good sci-fi thriller that’s a little
underrated and totally worth watching. And, that’s just what happens in The
Faculty, as high school students from Herrington High have to put aside
petty bickering to battle an otherworldly aggressor before it leaves their little
town and takes over the world.
Behind the Scenes:
The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez who is an exquisite
director all around (see From Dusk Till Dawn ), and he excels at
this kind of pacing and storytelling, which seems to involve the struggle of evil
forces against misanthropes and outsiders.
Elijah Wood and Josh Hartnett are also 90s icons that really
lift this film into even higher highs; also, Jon Steward and Robert Patrick
play literal members of the faculty that don’t have the children’s best
interests at heart.
The Faculty triumphs because it takes Invasion of
the Body Snatchers (1978) and simply moves the story to a high
school, which creates a new interpretation of an age-old fear: can we trust
those around us?
The genre shift of communist-paranoia to teen-romp in a
suburbia works so effortlessly that as a viewer, I was immediately sucked into
the story. I think it has some great acting, some truly terrifying scenes
(swimming pool climax), and excellent pacing. It helps put 90s horror on the
good side of classic cinema.
I think The Faculty gets left in the dark a lot when
considering other 90s horror films, but it’s really good in my opinion. If you
haven’t checked it out in a while—you really should.