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.