Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
In Beverly Hills, what you fear is only the beginning.
A Beverly Hills teen (Billy Warlock) discovers his parents are part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.
What Jaws did for swimming in the ocean, Society did for attending underground incest orgies.
Watching Screaming Mad George's Salvador Dali-inspired creations come to life and shunt on the Arrow blu-ray release was nothing short of amazing.
I've lost count of how many times I've seen Brian Yuzna's Society, but I will never forget the first time I watched it and the reaction I had to the final, gooey scene illuminated in a pink glow. It was (and remains) like nothing I have ever seen before in a horror film, and there was a message within about paranoia and the rich devouring the poor, to make that final scene more than a 70-minute payoff.
"...it's a matter of good breeding, really.."
For a film made in 1989, I thought it was quite interesting to see…
Normally I don't read YouTube comments sections unless I really want to feel bad about humanity, but I'm glad I had a read of them under the upload of Society I watched for this marvellous exchange:-
Xyclon87 3 months ago
I wonder if its possible to actually "shunt" somebody in real life? Could you actually reach you're hand all the way up to someone's face?
JFsebastiansDolly 3 months ago
If you could would you really want to?
Xyclon87 2 months ago
I love the internet.
I missed Society loads of times when I was younger. I missed its Moviedrome showing when BBC2 got lots of complaints for showing it uncut.…
WELL SON, I GUESS YOU WERE RIGHT. I AM A BUTTHEAD
Best utilization of the term butthead in the history of all cinema, television and literature.
Brilliant horror film, ahead of its time, about a privileged teen that seems to instinctively feel that his family is not the picture of perfection they seem to portray on public. Great direction by Yuzna, never dumbing down and keeping the suspense on high at all times before bringing down the house at the end.
Reaganite cinema eaten from inside. A bit like if Joe Dante decided to do a semi-comic Lovercraftian Beverly Hills 92010 riff on They Live. Brian Yuzna facility of finding the nasty grotesque in the everyday is put to great use as is the genre's easy allegorical literal bent (here, the rich really sucks the poor dry). This is not without its faults, Yuzna i too indiferent to acting andsometimes the move from near sitcomy satire to gross out horror has its kinks. The orgy the first hour keeps hinting on doe delievery some disturbing political chharged imagery.
Late 80's Horror that doesn't stand the test of time but, I like it anyways! Especially Screaming Mad George's fabulously cheesy F/Xs.
"How do you like your tea? Cream, sugar, or do you want me to pee in it?"-Clarissa
Society has to be one of the strangest movies I've watched lately. It seems to be filled with odd-ball characters/situations and "that" scene at the end that i won't discuss in fear of ruining it. The mystery of Society had me engrossed throughout its runtime, then the reveal towards the end turns gross. Definitely recommended butthead.
I have to stop blind-buying Arrow & Scream Factory special editions. Just threw down a sizable chunk of change for the Arrow Video 2K remastering of Society, only to hate the film itself.
There are so many things wrong with it it's incredibly frustrating.
1) The central concept is wonderful, the execution is terrible.
2) Billy Warlock is woeful.
3) The pace is horrifically uneven.
4) The soundtrack is awkward and amateurish.
5) The eventual climactic 'shunting' sequence is just...bland. It looks like an elderly orgy in a shampoo pool. There's nothing shocking, exciting or stimulating about it.
In the end, it's just a poorly made film. Yuzna straight-up admits he made it as a joke and for the director's credit, not taking the production that seriously at all. And it shows. Society isn't a good film, it's a very questionable cult 'classic'.
This film is like a 90 minute dream sequence, and oozes a strange aura of the surreal. For the most part it's a typical 80s teen movie, but once the main character begins digging deeper into the very society that surrounds him, things become so much more weird. Society is a film that takes a simple concept and pushes it to the absolute limit. If you have a very weak stomach, I wouldn't recommend it, and I'm fairly squeamish myself. That being said, it was so different, and morbidly intriguing, that I ended up really liking it a lot. It's batshit crazy, and that's ok.
I hated this when I first watched this sometime during the VHS era. It's not as bad as I remembered, and the first hour is pretty fun. But man, that ending ruins everything.
Maybe I just don't get it, but it completely changes the movie into (in my opinion) something just plain stupid (although impressive SFX). They could've done so much with the story at this point, but instead ends up with this.
I know it's supposed to be some kind of social commentary, but whatever Brian Yuzna is trying to convey here, it gets lost in this whole mess.The last 30 minutes were rather boring, and instead my thoughts wandered from chocolate milk to the theme song from the MegaMan TV-show (don't ask me where that came from).
Weird, funny, unnerving, gross, ridiculous, and mostly weird. The actors all look like more famous actors so it has an uncanny air of familiarity, and the whole thing kinda feels like schlocked-up David Lynch crossed with David Cronenberg. Good times.
I, uh... huh.
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