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Society (1992)

Billy Warlock , Connie Danese , Brian Yuzna  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Warlock, Connie Danese, Ben Slack, Evan Richards, Patrice Jennings
  • Directors: Brian Yuzna
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FMAW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Society" on IMDb

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17 year-old Billy Whitney feels alienated from his upper-class Beverly Hills family. He hears a tape recording that seems to indicate that his entire family are having secret orgies. People appear dead one moment but are alive the next, while Billy's girlfriend's body appears to twist into abnormal positions. His parents insist that Billy is imagining everything and try to commit him to an institution. Billy slowly discovers the truth - that his parents and the people around him belong to a different breed of people, a secret in-bred society who are capable of melding and shifting their bodies.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated political splatter film May 11, 2004
I managed to stumble across this film when I went around searching for an "intelligent film with gross-out gore". And that's what I got when I ordered this cheap DVD. The film starts out following this 17 year old that feels alienated in his upper class home. Everything seems perfect but nothing is what it seems. There are a series of revelations the protagonist (Billy) discovers as his curiosity grows. Unraveling the truth was no easy task because of "Society's" many conspiracies and cover-ups.
The movies political voice lambasted against shallow people only worrying about social status and popularity (as illustrated with Billy's ex-girlfriend in the beginning). It also shows how the rich, literally, feed off the poor. This reminds me of how back in the Roman Empire, the peasants were heavily taxed, which was one factor of the Fall of Rome, where the poor revolted. There were clever puns thrown in that some people might have missed. The rich would eat and tear a person (well just one person) in an erotic orgy zombie-like attack, "rich feeding off the poor" - get it? There lots of references about how everyone would be "contributing to society" too.
Society has the oddness of "Jacob's Ladder" and "Nick of Time", the social satire of "American Psycho", and the gross effects of "Bad Taste" and "Re-Animator", only more emphasis on slimy repulsive sludge. Some people got dismembered in ways beyond my imagination. It wasn't bloody but it was gooey, I felt like some of the goop splattered on my face, as I stayed glued to the screen. This bizarre part makes up about the last 20 minutes of the film. Searching for answers made up most of the movie.
Other stuff I should mention: There's a little love story on the side mixed in. Film might feel like it ended a bit prematurely.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about Fitting In. January 11, 2005
Poor Bill Whitney! He's a high school kid who lives in a marble mansion in Beverly Hills. His family is filthy rich and super connected. When they're not buzzing around LA in the Maserati they're having the chauffeur warm up the Bentley.

Whitney is all-American, captain of the football team, soon to be President of the Student Body. With a Washington DC internship in the works and a Harvard acceptance letter in the hopper, what could be better for a teenager in love?

Everything. Bill Whitney is going through an awkward stage: he's got to contribute to Society, after all, but he doesn't fit in. He doesn't feel he belongs.

Worse, Whitney is convinced something is deeply, frighteningly wrong: how to explain the night terrors he has of walking through his own house, a house dark but hardly empty, the halls and rooms filled with whispers and shuffling? How to explain his sleepwalking, only to wake huddled at the base of the stairs clutching a butcher knife? How to fathom his surprise and revulsion when something---only for a fleeting instant---shifts beneath the ridge of his sister's shoulder blade, too sluggish for doubt, too quick for certainty?

How to dismiss his conviction that there are secrets being passed behind closed doors, deals being struck, sacraments carried out?

The rabid Brian Yuzna made his film debut with "Society", which takes teen angst anxiety, loads it up with cordite, and lights the fuse with a charming little message that will appeal identity-wrestling teens the world over: if you feel you're always on the outside looking in, then you could always turn yourself inside out. Literally.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Geez! This one is something. October 28, 2004
Okay everybody - calm down! Yes there is a less than subtle jab at the classes here, but that's one better than most B-level horror flix. Bottom line it is still a horror flick - and an engrossing and fun one at that. It is clever in spots, has some humor and really, the last 20 minutes of the film had me sitting there incredulous. I think that means it did it's job! A weird little trip.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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There's a reason why horror flicks such as this one are highly sought after. I'm still not shocked at all for what sellers are asking for. I too, like a crack fiend, gave in and payed a ridiculous price to have Society in my personal Horror collection. It's because this film delivers the goods such as: originality, gross factor (as in bodies melting into each other), that's unique for its time, humor, weirdness, creepiness, and surprisingly stamps a shocking scene that wont leave my mind! Society tells a truly twisted alien-like family that have to survive by committing the nastiest of actions! I wont give spoilers; I'm sure someone here as already typed up the whole story. haha. You'll just have to take my word and check it out!

I can't stress this enough when talking about Screaming Mad George's special effects!!! His work always amazing to me! If your into horror flicks such as: Slither, Silent Night Deadly Night -4, Amityville 1992: It's About Time, Slither, Night of the Creeps, and the Basket Case series.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the rotten side of the upper class April 28, 2000
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I loved this movie from the first time I saw it. It is striking in its ruthless attak on the rotten universe hidden below American conformist and consumarist society. I hope everybody will spread the news about this highly underestimate gore movie. Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good find for me.
Great hard to find item in very good condition at a low price.
Published 1 month ago by bruce kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars they loved it!
Got as a gift, they loved it!!!
Published 1 month ago by Shannon Geiger
3.0 out of 5 stars Society waits for you...
Society, a 1992 horror film actually completed in 1989, is a good example of a film that a relatively good and original idea but a delivery that unfortunately leaves much to be... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Scrimshaw
3.0 out of 5 stars WHOA.... WEIRD STUFF HERE!
By the end credits, you will be sitting there like "uhhhh what the F just happened..."

I like Yuzna and his other work as director and producer. Read more
Published 20 months ago by FILMCRITIC1987
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but relatively obscure movie begging for another re-release
One of those movies that I, quite a seasoned fan of horror of all kinds, found very unique and unusual. A graphic thriller type with social commentary... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lividdreams85
4.0 out of 5 stars Grotesquely insane.
Wow wth was this? lol I just finished watching this on Youtube and I was beyond disgusted but at the same time very intrigued and really enjoyed this movie from start to... Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by ken
4.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction as social commentary
A nice try as a commentary on our society, the rich versus everybody else, but compromised in some areas. Read more
Published on October 13, 2009 by Timothy W. Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Talent Used Wrong
This grotesque satire of surrounding the producers is present by deploying sex, thriller and simply clichés of family movies Hollywood is so famous for. Read more
Published on February 15, 2009 by Michael Kerjman
1.0 out of 5 stars Can I give it a NEGATIVE amount of stars?!?
This is on the top of my list of THE WORST movies of all time!!! It is so disgusting, weird, and pointless that I don't understand how it can even exist! Read more
Published on April 11, 2004 by D.
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