The Faculty is a forgotten monster movie from the late-90s. The film is notable for a few things, such as Elijah Wood’s portrayal of a high school geek and its updated take on the 50s science fiction classic ‘Invasion Of The Body Snatchers’. The 50s homage is obvious and even noted in the film, in which we get to see a high school slowly infected by an alien presence, prompting a game of Guess Who to find out who has been ‘taken’ and who hasn’t – similar to 80s classic ‘The Thing’.
With some superb twists, The Faculty slowly comes to a climax with a fantastic showdown in a school swimming pool where the monster, in its aquatic element, taunts and teases our would-be Hobbit, but the quick-thinking Wood literally brings the house down on the slimy menace.
The Faculty was released in 1998, it was written by Kevin Williamson, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and starred Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Robert Patrick, Bebe Neuwirth, Piper Laurie, Famke Janssen, Usher Raymond, Salma Hayek, and Jon Stewart.