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* IndecisiveDeconstruction: It initially seems like it's going for a DeconReconSwitch, but the film can't appear to make up its mind. At first, [[spoiler:it deconstructs every cliche it comes across, with the kids being molded to fit the typical archetypes and the events in the cabin being completely controlled. As more is revealed about the Ancient Ones, it becomes clear that the story is still one of humans trying to do what is necessary to survive against a destructive force. But then the movie decides to subvert this as well. The kids decide to start the apocalypse rather than sacrifice themselves, stating - and proving - that humanity is selfish and doesn't deserve to survive.]] In the end, the movie deconstructs the ideas it presented as a reasonable excuse for the cliched horror formula. It works much better in a meta sense.


* BigBad: [[spoiler:The Director]] is initially presented at this, then turns out to be NecessarilyEvil due to...

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:The Director]] is initially presented at as this, then turns out to be NecessarilyEvil due to...

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* EvilVersusOblivion: Inverted. [[spoiler:Dana and Marty, after seeing how far the Controllers are going to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, decide that Oblivion, in the form of the Ancient Ones rising and destroying the world, is preferable, if only to give a species less amoral than humanity their own shot at building civilization.]]

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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Hadley has wanted to see a Merman in action for years. [[spoiler: When he's attacked by one after the monsters are set loose, his last words are a disbelieving: "Oh, ''come on!''"]]


** [[spoiler:Steve, the control room honcho who gripes a few times about never getting to see mermen kill the co-eds is himself killed by a merman. [[LampshadeHanging He even says]], "Oh, come ''on''!" when he realizes it.]]

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** [[spoiler:Steve, [[spoiler:Hadley, the control room honcho who gripes a few times about never getting to see mermen kill the co-eds is himself killed by a merman. [[LampshadeHanging He even says]], "Oh, come ''on''!" when he realizes it.]]

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*** And [[spoiler: Truman]]'s death recalls Rhodes' death in ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985''


* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler: Dana]] at the very end.
-->'''[[spoiler: Marty]]: How are you?\\
'''[[spoiler: Dana]]: Going away...

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* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler: Dana]] at the very end.
end. [[spoiler: Of course, the world ends before she actually has time to expire.]]
-->'''[[spoiler: Marty]]: Marty]]''': How are you?\\
'''[[spoiler: Dana]]: Dana]]''': Going away...

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* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler: Dana]] at the very end.
-->'''[[spoiler: Marty]]: How are you?\\
'''[[spoiler: Dana]]: Going away...

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*** There's a second level to this, as the controllers mention that the kids doomed themselves by ignoring the Harbinger's warnings, seconds after laughing at and ignoring him themselves. [[spoiler:In the end, they find themselves equally doomed.]]

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*** ''The Faculty'' wasn't the only [[Film/{{Godzilla1998}} monster movie that failed to live up to its hopes that year]]...


* ThrowAwayGuns: After Dana stabs a zombie, Sitterson pulls a switch, and a charge of static electricity causes her to drop the knife.


** The "Giant Snake" appears to be a reference to ''Film/KingCobra'', given that it's a cobra-rattlesnake hybrid.

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** The "Giant Snake" appears to be a reference to ''Film/KingCobra'', ''Film/{{King Cobra|1999}}'', given that it's a cobra-rattlesnake hybrid.

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** The "Giant Snake" appears to be a reference to ''Film/KingCobra'', given that it's a cobra-rattlesnake hybrid.


** The US branch has a nigh-spotless record marred only by 1998, when the Chemical Department screwed up, a reference to ''Film/TheFaculty''.

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** The US branch has a nigh-spotless record marred only by 1998, when whatever happened in 1998. We only know that the Chemical Department screwed up, a reference up the sacrifice ''somehow''. (In the real world, ''Film/TheFaculty'' was released that year, leading some fans to ''Film/TheFaculty''.hypothesize that the line is a jab at it.)

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* BanishingRitual: The college students encounter numerous {{Summoning Artifact}}s for the various monsters that could have descended on the cabin, but only one actual Sealing Ritual is shown in the film when the monitors observe a group of Japanese schoolgirls using a chant to contain the spirit of a StringyHairedGhostGirl [[SealedEvilInATeddybear inside a frog]]. The observers are livid when they see this, since a human sacrifice is necessary to stop the world from ending.

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