The Faculty: Stokely Mitchell

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.

A screenshot from The Faculty where Delilah says to Stokely: You're that geeky Stephen King kid - there's one of you in every school.

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.

A black tank top with a black cardigan and wide leg black pants on a dress form with a thick chain necklace and black docs on the floor in front.

Outfit: Black Scoop Neck Carole Hochman Tank

Apt. 9 Short Black Cardigan with Black Buttons

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.

Previously seen as Jesse Reeves from Queen of the Damned and Little Rock from Zombieland: Double Tap

A person dressed as Stokely from The Faculty facing away from the camera. The emphasis is on the short red wig.

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.

A selfie of a pale person wearing a short red wig dressed as Stokely from The Faculty. They have heavy black eyeliner on with a little peachy shimmery lipstick.

Makeup:

Eyes: Blackest Black Glimmerstick from Avon

Carbon Black NYX Super Fat Eye Marker

Coal Eyeshadow from the AVON For The Love of Makeup Artist Palette

Ink Eyeshadow from the AVON For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette

Very Black Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Lips: Orgasm NARS Lipstick

A closeup of a thick, silver chain turned into a necklace with a carabiner-type clasp.

Accessories: I took a chain I had and added a carabiner-type clasp for closure. I can disassemble this easily for other purposes.

A close-up of a thick silver ring with zodiac constellations on it.

Accessories: A silver zodiac ring I used to wear in high school.

A High Sierra Black Plaid Backpack on a dress form.

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.

A close-up of the book We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

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

A closeup of a blue Bic pen filled with baking powder.

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. 😂

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty next to Clea DuVall as Stokely from The Faculty.

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with Laura and Delilah.
At Herrington High, there’s the usual clique breakdown of nerds, jocks, and popular kids. I prefer to be by myself reading sci-fi novels. This new girl, Laura, tries to talk to me, but Delilah (the head cheerleader and editor of the school newspaper) interrupts and falsely tells her that I am a violent lesbian.

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with two members from the faculty.
The Faculty start acting strange. They seem to be obsessed with staying hydrated.

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with students in the hallway.
After the student body gets an ear exam from the school nurse, they all start acting strange too.

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with the main protagonists in the movie.
A random group of students across all sub-sections have to band together to try to get to the bottom of things. Once we establish that we are dealing with extraterrestrial beings invading people, my peers turn to me for advice since I am the resident sci-fi bookworm.

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with some of the main protagonists and the infamous blue pens filled with scat.
We figure out that the local supply of Scat (a powdery ecstasy-like drug sold in Blue Bic Pens) has a negative impact on the beings, so to prove that none of us have been infected, we must each snort some. I proclaim loudly that “I’m not putting that hack drug up my nose – it’s so eighties!”

A person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty edited into a scene with some of the main protagonists and they are about to snort scat from a blue pen.
I am told that this is a life-or-death situation. Like I needed the reminder! I know that humans don’t always win out in a battle against aliens.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed up as Stokely from The Faculty next to Clea DuVall as Stokely from The Faculty. They are both holding their backpack strap and looking scornfully.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out The Faculty: Stokely Mitchell Vibes board on Pinterest.

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