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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

The Faculty (1998), R
CAP Score: 15, CAP ID: 2.58

Thomas A. Carder
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"The Faculty" (R)" -- certainly had a way with word. No, not "words," just "word" -- the most foul of the foul words -- sixty times in the 98-minute movie*.

In the shadow of "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (which was even credited in this movie), creepy parasites from another world infested the bodies of an entire school population, except for the drug-dealing and drug-eating teen coterie which saved the world by taking drugs. But there were no pods in this version. The movie portrayed that a home-made illegal drug concoction was lethal to the alien-possessed humans -- well, at least to the alien parasite but not the human host. And each of the teen coterie forced each other to take the drug to ensure they each were not possessed -- imagine that! Taking illegal drugs to prove humanity! And using school aged kids at that! What will movie makers think of next?

The full gambit of invasive (pun intended) trash programming was there. Token sexual material including full nudity. Extremely graphic unholy possessions. Ample doses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. The "up yours" attitude was expressed by just about everyone who was able to breathe. The possessed principal was even beheaded by an intended car wreck by the drug-dealing student. Not to worry, though! The severed head sprouted tentacles and crawled back to and up the groping body and re-attached itself. Oh, yeah. Let us not forget the token references to homosexuality in the form of lesbianism.

Stalking terror, especially brutal bully tactics on weaker kids, and beating death painted parts of the choreography. Graphic impalement, porno mags in a teen's room (apparently with parental approval), and an infantile coach wandered their way into the script. And graphic murder by gunfire, punk dress, lies to deflect accountability, drug stupor, sales of porno videos and much, much more are there for your viewing [dis]pleasure. The only movie to receive a lower CAP final score than this one was Payback.


* Remember, we do not include preview and credits running time in the analysis model, just the time from the first scene to the first credit line.

FINDINGS / SCORING: The Faculty (1998) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • stalking terror
  • graphic impalements, injuries with blood
  • threats
  • reckless driving in a school parking lot
  • punk beating of weaker people
  • criminal use of fake IDs
  • a general theme of graphic horror
  • a school coach threatening the students
  • locker room bully tactics
  • graphic unholy possessions
  • physical attacks
  • stealing of school property
  • physical fighting between faculty and students
  • gore
  • gunfire to attempt murder
  • chasing with the intent to kill
  • decapitation
  • monster terror

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 60 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 46 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • infantile behavior by a school coach
  • hateful attitudes
  • wishing death on someone
  • a general theme of "up yours" by staff and students
  • punk dress
  • lies to deflect accountability
  • expressing joy at father's death
  • portrayal of a father as an infantile jerk to his son
  • running away to gain control
  • reckless driving
  • music expressing malcontentism

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • full nudity and partial/brief nudity
  • sexual harassment
  • kissing on school property
  • accusation of lesbianism and acceptance of it
  • favoring homosexuality over heterosexuality
  • sale of porno videos (out of the trunk of a student's car)
  • vulgar sexual offer and sexual retort
  • suggestive eye movements
  • porno mags in a teen's room (apparently with parental approval)
  • teen couple in a girl's bathroom at school
  • locker room partial nudity
  • flirtation by a female school teacher toward a male student

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • sale and consumption of illegal drugs
  • display of technique for consumption of illegal drugs
  • alcoholic beverages
  • drug stupor
  • drug dealing
  • forcing others to take illegal drugs (including at gunpoint) to prove humanity
  • interior of a cooking lab (for illegal drugs)

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • tattoos (Lev. 19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.)
  • 6 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive
  • 3 uses of Jesus' full name/title in vain
  • 6 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • nefarious planning to do evil
  • promise of utopia in exchange for possession ("sale of soul")
  • resurrection by an unholy agent

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • beating death
  • student murder of the (possessed) principal by gunshot to the head

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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