WMG / The Faculty

Spoilers for The Cabin in the Woods
The Faculty is the one time the US failed. The main characters don't die and a stoner saves the day....
  • This actually fits in for the mythos of The Cabin in the Woods in that there are five main characters who each fit a "part" in the human sacrifice, but part of the failure of the sacrifice in this movie is that Controllers mis-classify each of the sacrifices as they ultimately end up doing in Cabin in the Woods as well. Just look at each of the main characters:
    • Delilah is the Whore in the sacrificial ritual. According to the ritual, the Whore must be sacrificed first, and Delilah is the first of the main characters to become infected. She also dumped Stan for a completely superficial reason (head cheerleaders date football captains, not "academic wannabes"), further cementing her place in this role. But she is also very academically-minded herself, serving on the school newspaper as well as the cheer squad, and so she doesn't really fit this role very well.
    • Stan, the star quarterback, is the Athlete. However, he quits the team to focus on improving his grades, and he doesn't display the alpha-male tendencies that would be expected of the Athlete. His teammate Gabe, who takes over as team captain in his stead, fits the role better, but he's a fairly minor character.
    • Casey is obviously the Scholar. He discovers the parasite and makes most of the logical deductions in the movie, and he's also mercilessly teased. But he also becomes the last survivor of the five instead of Stokely, the Virgin.
    • Zeke is the Fool, a lazy loner who's repeated the 12th grade at least once. However, he's actually quite intelligent (after all, he created and sells his own methamphetamine-esque drug), and he uses this supply to sniff out who is infected and who isn't.
    • Stokely is meant to be the Virgin. It's not known whether or not she's a virgin, though the fact that she pretends to be a lesbian to avoid attention implies that she is, and she proves to be very resilient over the course of the movie. Furthermore, the "Queen" of the parasites never actually goes out of her way to infect Stokely (emphasizing the point that the Virgin must be the Final Girl), instead going out of her way to befriend her, possibly as a way to set up The Reveal for later on and facilitate another instance of psychological pain for Stokely (like Stan blatantly showing her the fact that he's infected). However, Stokely doesn't actually become that close of a friend to the "Queen", and winds up getting infected anyway (leaving Casey as the Final Boy), cementing the failure of this sacrifice.
    • Also, Everybody Lives. Those who were infected go back to normal after the "Queen" is killed.

Finally, the previous American failure was the fault of the Chem department... in 1998, the year that The Faculty came out! Another case of the Fool's supply not being properly monitored...