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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
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: She 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 who becomes infected. She also dumped Stan for a completely superficial reason, further cementing her place in this role. But she is also very academically-minded and so she doesn't really fit this role very well.
    • Stan: His is the Athlete, and it helps that he's on the school's football team. However, he doesn't actually fit into this role anymore because he wants to focus on academics, and he doesn't display the same Alpha-Male tendencies that would be expected of the Athlete.
    • Casey: He's obviously the Scholar, but he does fit into this role. He discovers the parasite and makes most of the logical deductions in the movie, and he's also mercilessly teased. But he also doesn't fit into the role as he almost becomes the last survivor of the five.
    • Zeke: He is the Fool because he's repeated the 12th grade multiple times and appears to be lazy loner. However, he doesn't fit this role because he's actually quite intellent (after all, he created his own version of cocaine) and he uses this supply to sniff out who is infected and who isn't.
    • Stokely: She's meant to be the Virgin, though it's not known whether or not she's a virgin or not. However, 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) and the "Queen" facilitates many instances to bring psychological pain to Stokely (such as Stan blatantly showing the fact that he's infected to Stokely). The "Queen" also goes out of her way to befriend Stokely, possibly as a way to set up The Reveal for later on as a way to bring more suffering to Stokely. But Stokes proves to be very strong and a resilient person, and doesn't actually become that close of a friend to the "Queen", further cementing the failure of this sacrifice.
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