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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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  • 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:
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FMAW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Society" on IMDb

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By Jose Angeles on May 11, 2004
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
How Society slipped past me all this time being that as a kid in the 80's I lived on Troma & Argento movies & gore classics such as Reanimator & Bad Taste is beyond me.I used to seek out movies with Screaming Mad George listed on the back of VHS tapes & I was no stranger to Brian Yuzna either.So I saw this special edition after looking it up & reading about it then bought it sight unseen.While I can't say that I still like or really seek out these types of movies anymore I do love strolling back down that viscera soaked road every now & again because unlike the later day gore movies dubbed torture porn those old movies by Stuart Gordan,Sam Raimi & Peter Jackson weren't hateful & cold they were filled with gallows humor & elaborate practical effects.Some of these movies might seem dated by comparison now but I was the right age & state of mind at the time when John Hughes & 80's aesthetics in all their synth neon glory exploded in an orgy of capitalism & I hated every inch of it then & now.Discovering these movies pre internet took work & even when I would find them at my local video store I was either too young to rent them or what I wanted was never in.I never had any friends who had any interest in these kind of movies so I was always alone in my quest to find them.I would go from store to store until someone relented & let me rent what I wanted & usually I would base my pick on the DVD box art & I would study the credits & remember names for future picks.It was a hell of a system but it was my hobby & I loved it.I know I've said zip about Society & it's because I think it's better discovered fresh & unspoiled.If any of the above sounds familiar to you & you haven't seen this then you're in for a treat.Read more ›
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