I read my father’s copy of The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein when I was in elementary school which, objectively speaking, might have been too young. I can see the impact it had on me as when I was researching this post, I realized the idea of having term limits on marriage (that I thought I came up with myself) was written about in this book. lol I wish I owned a copy so I could revisit it now.
Anyway, I bring this up because the 1998 movie The Faculty not only directly references that book and The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney but utilizes a similar premise where aliens have taken over the bodies of humans at a high school in a small town in Ohio. This aliens-taking-over-humans plot is now well-known and used frequently, but word nerds like me and Clea Duvall’s character Stokely Mitchell from The Faculty see the allusions to Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters in the subsequent works since.
I’d also like to point out the star-filled cast of this movie. I won’t name them all, but it feels like everyone who had a role in this was or became well-known. Also, my guy Josh Hartnett, who was born in my hometown, has the absolute worst haircut in this flick as the 5th year Senior who is not only a drug dealer who peddles his wares via Blue Bic Pens, but also is so smart that he manufactures the drugs he sells in his home lab. The 1990s were a wild ride.
Black Linen Wide Leg Pants with Button Fly and Drawstring I went with the baggiest black pants I have because trust me when I say that no one was wearing skinny jeans in 1998.
Shoes: 1460 Smooth Leather 8 Eye Lace Up Dr. Martens Boots that were a present from my partner.
Hair: This unbranded Short Red Wig with a Few Blonde Highlights came from my brother. He has no idea where he got it, and I have no idea where to get one either.
Lips: Orgasm NARS Lipstick
Accessories: I took a chain I had and added a carabiner-type clasp for closure. I can disassemble this easily for other purposes.
Accessories: A silver zodiac ring I used to wear in high school.
Prop 1: Black Plaid High Sierra Backpack which is the closest black backpack I have that gives off a school vibe as opposed to a purse vibe.
Prop 2: If I had a copy of The Puppet Masters, I would have used that. Instead I used one of my favorite OG science fiction novels: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Prop 3: Blue BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Medium Point Pen filled with baking powder to represent the “powdery ecstasy-like drug” Scat that is made from “caffeine pills and some other household shit” that Zeke claims is a diuretic, but the IMDB Goofs section claims it is a “desiccant” not a diuretic. #PedantsUnite
*PRO TIP: If you’re filling a pen like this with powder, make sure you put some tape over the hole in the lid so it won’t come out all over your all-black outfit. 😂
Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.
In the meantime, check out The Faculty: Stokely Mitchell Vibes board on Pinterest.