Why ‘The Faculty’ Has So Much in Common with ‘Body Snatchers’ and Pink Floyd
What a combination link there, right? But that’s what you get with a sharp teen horror flick with those kinds of subtle undertones….
That was an interesting shift in horror films: Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It went from alien ships raining down on us poor earthlings to…well, us. Literally. Put a whole different spin on the word ‘invasion’ where it wasn’t about trying to invade a planet, but several thousands bodies. And it grabbed (or I should say snatched) the horrified minds of many.
What if we were invaded? What would happen to us? Nothing. For all intents and purposes, we’d be dead. We’d cease to exist. We’d be nothing. And those aliens would have everything. Not just the planet or our resources. But our very consciousness.
It was truly a striking concept that flooded the horror marketplace in droves with all sorts of copycats, and then the debut of this beast of a teen film suddenly came out.
The Faculty took the idea of the invasion and simply localized it. Instead of a planet — everyone is in danger, no discrimination, nothing to signify what these aliens want or are looking for — the alien(s) instead focused their effect on just those few teachers.
Now there’s an interesting high concept. Ripe with all sorts of undertones teens would so get behind in a big way. Whoever thought of the concept should get a million dollars.
The idea is a select few students find that there is something going on with the faculty at their school. They’ve ‘changed’. And not in a good way. It doesn’t take them long to realize that indeed these teachers have been ‘infected’ — either with a virus, or worse…an alien.
Needless to say, it becomes a survivalist piece about kids trying to escape from, well, school in an effort to save their lives. Now those undertones are surfacing, looking more like overtones, and it’s glorious.