Trivia / The Faculty

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Delilah sarcastically says "yeah, and I'm Portuguese" when Marybeth says she's allergic to the drugs. Jordana Brewster is half-Brazilian and fluent in Portuguese.
    • The science teacher is called Mr. Furlong. Edward Furlong had starred in Terminator 2: Judgment Day with Robert Patrick, who plays the coach. Additionally, when the coach is chasing Principal Drake down the hallway, it mirrors a scene where the T-1000 is chasing the Connors.
    • When Casey's father wishes the coach good luck in the game, the coach shoots at him with his hand. The father is played by Chris McDonald, and the gesture is a reference to his "Shooter" McGavin character from Happy Gilmore.
  • Billing Displacement: R&B star Usher is featured prominently on the poster despite appearing in only five minutes of the movie. None of the other cast members were all that famous (at the time), while Usher is, well, Usher.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Parasite (Japan)
    • Dangerous Classrooms (Mexico/Argentina)
    • A Lesson in Terror (Finland)
    • The Invasion (Greece)note 
    • Them (Poland)note 
  • Creator In-Joke: Graffiti for 'Tito & Tarantula' is visible in one scene. This is the band who composed music for Robert Rodriguez's Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn. Salma Hayek, who plays the school nurse, had starred in both too.
  • Dawson Casting: Surprisingly little of it for a '90s teen horror film. The only twenty-something cast members playing teenagers were 22-year-olds Shawn Hatosy and Laura Harris and 21-year-old Clea DuVall, all of whom were very close to the cutoff. Elijah Wood, meanwhile, was 17 when he starred in this film, while Jordana Brewster was 18. Josh Hartnett was 20, but Zeke was repeating senior year, making him just a year or two younger than Hartnett (presuming this was the only time he'd been held back). And Harris technically gets a free pass, seeing as she was actually the alien anyway.
  • Deleted Role: Kidada Jones filmed several scenes portraying a girl called Venus, who was advertised in TV previews and a tie-in Tommy Hilfiger commercial. Most of them were cut and she can only be seen in the science class scene, standing next to Gabe (Usher's character).
  • Fake American: The Canadian Laura Harris plays Marybeth who claims to be from Atlanta. She drops the southern accent and speaks in her natural voice once she's revealed as the alien.
  • Hey, It's That Place!: Zeke's house is the same one from the film Multiplicity. The driveway is cracked, referencing the opening of the film — where the wrong driveway's concrete was broken up.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Clea Duvall is a lesbian in real life. She portrays a straight girl who pretends to be gay to alienate people.
  • Production Posse: It's a Robert Rodriguez movie, so of course Salma Hayek is close behind. Rodriguez would also work with Elijah Wood and Josh Hartnett again in Sin City.
  • Real-Life Relative: The tattooed girl who points Marybeth in the direction of the principal's office is Robert Rodriguez's sister Tina.
  • Stunt Casting: R&B star Usher in a small role as one of Stan's fellow football players.
  • Supergroup: For the soundtrack, the film's producers got Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction, and Martyn LeNoble of Porno for Pyros to form a supergroup called Class of '99. They recorded a cover of "Another Brick in the Wall", and went their separate ways immediately afterwards. Notably, it was the last song that Staley ever recorded before he fully descended into a haze of addiction (which was already apparent in his vocals on the song), dying of an overdose in 2002.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Delilah was written for Charisma Carpenter. She turned it down, fearing it was too similar to Cordelia Chase.
    • Kevin Williamson was going to direct as well, but he was busy with Teaching Mrs. Tingle, so Robert Rodriguez came on board too.
    • The line "It must really blow being you" was originally said by Stan to Casey rather than the other way around.

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