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Streaming Saturday comes a little late this week. This week’s recommendation is 1998’s “teenvasion of the body snatchers” (I can’t believe I just said that, either) movie The Faculty. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Kevin Williamson, the movie is a slightly dated, very silly, hour and a half that, despite its best efforts, doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve wasted your time.

If you’re in your 20s, you spent your formative years during the teen horror boom of the mid-90s. It started with Scream in 1996 and fizzled onto the straight-to-DVD shelves some time after Y2K.

Because of my age, I hold movies like The Faculty to a slightly higher standard than they probably deserve to be. It makes it hard to call out Rodriguez’s alien invasion flick as a ripoff of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing. I view it as a fun alien movie/whodunnit featuring a young Jon Stewart and younger Frodo Baggins. And that’s why I don’t have a problem recommending it on the blog.

You can stream The Faculty on Netflix.

You can also buy The Faculty on Amazon.

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Check out my past Streaming Saturday recommendations here.


  1. I used to love this film when I was younger. I used to watch it over and over again. I caught it on Netflix about 6 or 7 months ago and watched it for the first time in 10 or 11 years. I wasn’t impressed. I guess my taste in cinema has matured. There were certain moments that I had fun with. It was interesting seeing a young Jon Stewart as you mentioned and a young Usher. I really like Robert Patrick as the coach. Beyond that it’s just not a great film. I found it to be kind of average watching it today. I guess it had more magic when I was younger.


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