Movies that are slightly off.
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.…
Best utilization of the term butthead in the history of all cinema, television and literature.
WELL SON, I GUESS YOU WERE RIGHT. I AM A BUTTHEAD
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.
This is one of those movies I'd been wanting to see for some time, but it wasn't available via conventional means. So as soon as it went up on Shudder, I made it a priority to make time to watch it.
Anyway, it is pretty great. If you've seen Re-Animator or its sequels, you have some idea of the kind of aesthetic this movie has, but this one has a healthy dash of Cronenberg thrown in. The practical effects, while impressive and effective, are perhaps a little dated, but the movie's theme feels maybe even fresher and more relevant today than it did almost thirty years ago.
I've never seen so much KY Jelly used
in my life.
"Fuck you, butt head!"
'Society' is basically 'The Graduate' taken to its logical conclusion. It has maybe the best third act in cinema history—certainly the gloopiest. This movie's climax is right up there with 'Possession' when it comes to disturbing, sex-based body horror. The incest element certainly helps kick things up a notch too. You've just entered practical effects heaven. Yuck.
Well, you can now count me among those who have seen Society.
Just some fucked up body horror for your Sunday viewing pleasure.
I had never even heard of this before. This was a strange, strange movie about class warfare. It was pretty great though. Very gross also.
Classic 80's stuff here. It's Brian Yuzna so it came off the rails at the end in a glorious gooey mass of who the hell knows what! Great fun
The satire is incredibly obtuse and it's terribly acted, elements that would normally damage a film greatly, but this perfectly captures the alienation, fear and paranoia of being a teenager in that weird, naive chasm between adolescence and adulthood.
This is a film of two halves and both are incredibly unsettling, thank god they're punctuated with moments of hilarity.
The dark humour and comedy score illustrate the absurdities of classism and eases you into the surreal second half which showcases some incredible effects from Screaming Mad George.
Billy Warlock is the black sheep in the family, and not just because he's human. Suspecting his parents (and their social circle) are high class orgy having slimy aliens, he begins his search for the truth, one that leads to some rather gruesome conclusions.
An absolutely fun fucking ride of a film. Brian Yuzna at the helm, so expect sex, body horror, sexy body horror, amazing practical effects, and dark humor. The stickiest, grossest, weirdest climax of a film not starring Ron Jeremy or produced by Troma. Can't recommend this enough.
What's really going on in that neighbourhood?