Society (1989)

Brian Yuzna directs Billy Warlock, Concetta D’Agnese and Ben Slack in this body horror freakout where a teen jock finds his world falling apart when it appears the rich kids, his neighbourhood and his own family are up to something secret and disgusting.

A near permanent cardboard standee at our local videoshop – Society’s home release advertising promised a glamorous woman tearing off her own face. It has been 25 years since I was brave enough to rent it. It has aged wonderfully. 75% of the film is a dark teen movie farce. Billy finds himself bouncing around a series of nihilistic interactions with his community. A punkishly weird vibe overrides nearly all the directorial decisions. You could make Society neater but then it would not be the unique cult classic it was always destined to be. There’s mystery, sex, rejection, pranks, hair eating… It is essentially a Brett Easton Ellis novel that ends in twenty minutes of gloopy relentless special FX. You wait patiently for Society’s infamous gore orgy to finally kick-off and it is well worth the wait. Satirical shocks abound. LET THE SHUNTING COMMENCE!


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