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October Horrors 2017 Day 23 – Society (1989)

Society, 1989.

Directed by Brian Yuzna.

Starring Billy Warlock, Connie Danese, Ben Slack, Evan Richards, and Devin DeVaquez.

Synopsis:

Billy Whitley enjoys a life of wealth, popularity, and privilege in Beverly Hills, but he feels isolated from his family, feeling like he doesn’t belong. Suspecting he is adopted, Billy begins to dig deeper into the mystery of his family, uncovering a secret more horrifying than he could possibly imagine.

Margaret Thatcher once said, “…there’s no such thing as society”. I bring this up not as a means to analyze what she meant by her statement or to discuss the late Prime Minister and the legacy that has been the cause of decades of passionate debate. I honestly just needed a smart-sounding way to start this review.

This rather clumsy opening brings me to the subject of today’s review, Brian Yuzna’s gruesome horror satire that just so happens to be titled Society,
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Awfully Good: Society

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  Society (1989) Director: Brian Yuzna Stars: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards A teenager begins to realize that his anxiety and paranoia about his wealthy family and friends may not be so crazy after all. Few movies leave an impression on you quite the same way Society does. It was an oft-discussed cult flick back in the early days of online movie communities, with... Read More...
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August 22nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 2, The Walking Dead Season 7, Effects

August 22nd boasts an eclectic array of home entertainment releases, as I can’t possibly think of two movies that are as opposite of each other as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Society, and yet both are coming home this Tuesday. For those of you Ash vs Evil Dead and The Walking Dead fans out there, the latest seasons of both are making their way to both Blu-ray and DVD, courtesy of Lionsgate.

Other notable releases for August 22nd include Effects, Lucifer: Season Two, Dark Silence, Dead Story, and The Domicile.

Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2 (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)

Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2 stars Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead franchise), Lucy Lawless (TV’s “Spartacus: War of the Damned”), Ray Santiago (In Time), and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas), as well as this season’s introduction of Lee Majors (TV’s “The Six Million Dollar Man
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Full Details for Arrow Video’s August Horror Releases, Including Re-animator 4K Restoration Limited Edition Blu-ray

This August, Arrow Video enters the deranged mind of Herbert West with their limited edition 4K restoration of Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator (which was initially slated for a July 25th release), and we now have the full list of special features for the anticipated release, along with two other horror Blu-rays coming out this month from Arrow: The Slayer and a limited edition steelbook of Society.

Press Release: The summer really hots up in August, as Arrow Video releases a special edition of an 80s classic, a white-knuckle thriller, a splatter horror masterpiece, a box set of crime classics, a rare Italian sword-and-sandal epic, and an amazing new limited edition steelbook.

First up, one of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features. According to the distributor (Mvd), this awesome package is officially sold out already,
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Baywatch Nights: revisiting a truly bizarre TV show

Mark Harrison May 24, 2017

Remember 1995's Baywatch Nights? Mark does. He revisits a whole pile of David Hasselhoff-starring strangeness...

When we look back on Dwayne Johnson's breakthrough to the A-list in about ten years' time (“Did President Johnson get the film roles he deserved?”), we'll have to consider that his status as franchise viagra, as demonstrated in the soon-to-be-released Baywatch, has led him to pick projects that are sort of beneath him.

See related Fargo season 2 episode 10 review: Palindrome Fargo: how to make great TV from a great film

Baywatch is the latest in a line of formerly popular TV shows to get an ironic Starsky & Hutch-style big screen reboot, following the enormous success of the Jump Street movies and the resounding failure of this year's ChiPS: Law & Disorder. With tongue firmly in cheek, Johnson has been promoting the film on his Instagram by referring to his new crew of lifeguards,
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200 Greatest Horror Films (180-171)

Special Mention: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Directed by Jim Sharman

Screenplay by Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman

1975, USA

For the unfamiliar, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the film adaptation of a popular musical stage production composed and written by Richard O’Brien, a struggling actor at the time who was best known for his performances in such musicals as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. For O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was an homage to drive-in double features and science fiction B-movies of the fifties, and ironically, the film itself went on to become the ultimate midnight movie. To this day, screenings held in and around its anniversary as well as on Halloween sell out. It has never been pulled by 20th Century Fox from its original 1975 release, and it continues to play in cinemas four decades after its premiere, making it the longest-running theatrical release in film history.
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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 2: Violations

It’s the most uncomfortable type of horror scene, but if done correctly, can pack a gut punch. The violation scene is the moment when the character’s vulnerability is betrayed and our empathy immerses us deeper into their dreadful ordeal. The young child possessed by an evil spirit. The unlucky bystander assaulted in a tunnel. The crazed woman submitting to a creature of non human origin. The violation scene can be emotional or it can be exploitative, but it’s almost always guaranteed to get us talking.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)- Cesare abducting Jane

Even though it was one of the originators of German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is often regarded as the pinnacle for the movement. Two of the movement’s basic tenets were distorted lines and shapes and overly theatrical movements from the actors, and both are well on display in this creepy scene.
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6 Horror Films That Deserve Sequels

By Neil Hudson

MoreHorror.com

For every horror film there seems to be an insurmountable pile of lesser sequels trailing behind it. Every A Nightmare on Elm Street yields an A Nightmare on Elm Street: Part 2… or Freddy’s Dead. Classics like Hellraiser eventually get dragged down into a quagmire of dirge, and not even Clive Barker’s promise to produce a reboot can make alleviate the suffering you’ve already gone through having watched Hellraiser: Inferno.

Here, we’re taking a look at horror films that never got their chance at a second film, and how future filmmakers might go about putting their stamp on them…

The Shining

This film already has a sequel written and ready to go. Unfortunately, Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King, follows on more directly from the book. Stephen King has considerable reservations regarding the quality of Kubrick’s magnum opus; it’s a
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Revoltin’ Reviews: Society, The Stranger, How To Save Us, and more!

Revoltin’ Reviews: Society, The Stranger, How To Save Us, and more!
Hey there creeps! We got ourselves a real mixed bag o’ goodies this time: body horror, summer camp, and radio ghosts galore… oh, and a vampire or two for good measure!

Society

Release Date: Available Now on Blu-ray Written By: Rick Fry, Woody Keith Directed By: Brian Yuzna Starring: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards

Oh man, good ol’ Society, what a history we have together! There was nothin’ quite like those halcyon days of yore, when as a lowly vid-joe store employee I handed my mainstram horror lovin’ customers a copy of this lil’ sick ticket item when asked for a recommendation. They’d return this sh*t with the quickness, slam it on the counter without makin’ eye contact, then try to avoid the ol’ Ouija Board Kid on all future visits. I mean, really, was one massive incestuous orgy with faces blastin’ forth from anuses too much?
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Arrow Films announces Blu-ray slate for September

Those cool Blu-ray distributors Arrow Films and Video have announced their line-up of releases for September 2015, and once again there are some real gems in the collection, including Milos Forman’s The Fireman’s Ball, the regular edition of Society (which has just had a steelbook collectors edition released this week) and Sean Connery’s space-opus Zardoz. All the details and artwork for the releases are below….

Closely Observed Trains – released September 27th

Shy teenage virgin Miloš gets his first job as a railway dispatcher and is suddenly forced to confront the realities of the adult world, not least the temptations of the opposite sex. But they in turn are more attracted to his more experienced colleague Hubi?ka and his distinctive way with an inkpad and rubber stamp…

This could easily have fuelled a light comedy, but Ji?í Menzel’s bittersweet feature debut is set during World War II in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia,
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‘Society’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

Stars: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, Ben Meyerson, Charles Lucia, Concetta D’Agnese, Patrice Jennings, Heidi Kozak, Ben Slack, David Wiley, Tim Bartell, Brian Bremer, Maria Claire | Written by Rick Fry, Woody Keith | Directed by Brian Yuzna

If you are old enough to remember the good old days of renting out horror movies on videos you’ll remember the joy of watching the trailers for new releases, even if you’d seen them many times before. There was a lot of work put into them and they did their job well. One I always remember seeing and it left me wanting more was the trailer for Society, just a shame I never managed to get it. Now though, with Arrow Video’s Blu-ray release, I finally get to see the film in all its gory glory.

Bill Whitney (Warlock) “appears” to be your average teenager. Being part of a
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Society | Blu-ray Review

Arrow Video unveils one of the most impressive Blu-ray packages of 2015 with its remastered presentation of Brian Yuzna’s languished body horror classic Society. Completed in 1989, along with the writer/producer’s sophomore effort Bride of Re-Animator, his debut wouldn’t see theatrical release in the Us until 1992, several months after David Cronenberg unveiled similar monstrous sphincter designs in the celebrated Naked Lunch. Though it’s generated a loyal cult following, and was treated to a 2002 DVD release that’s long been out of print, Yuzna’s class conscious metaphor still manages to unsettle with its inspired gross-out spectacle, gifting audiences a finale every bit as memorable as Cronenberg’s early provocations.

Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) has never felt like he quite belongs to his upper class Beverly Hills family. His parents seem to have an unnervingly close relationship with his sister (Patrice Jennings) and they don’t really seem
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The Week in Blu-ray: Us Edition – Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Duff, Project Almanac, Society and more

Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what treats are in-store this week on Blu-ray in the Us in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, hit teen-comedy The Duff, time-travelling with Project Almanac and Brian Yuzna’s Society

Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Both a critical and public darling, Matthew Vaughn’s hugely exciting spy adventure has been a massive success across the globe as well as in the UK and Us. Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Mark Strong and Michael Caine are part of an elite British espionage team trying to track down the evil Samuel L. Jackson.

See Also: Read our review of Kingsman: The Secret Service here

The Duff

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A decent-sized hit on its release earlier this year, The Duff joins the ranks of Mean Girls and Easy A as one of the
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June 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Sleepaway Camp II & III Collector’s Editions, Society, Spider Baby

Get ready, campers! It’s a big week for all you Angela Baker fans out there as this Tuesday the good folks at Scream Factory are releasing Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVDs for the first two Sleepaway Camp sequels: Unhappy Campers and Teenage Wasteland.

June 9th will also be the day that two great cult classics—Society and Spider Baby—are being celebrated with their very own Special Edition releases from Arrow Video. The folks at Turner Classic Movies are giving The Hunchback of Notre Dame a high-def upgrade as well. And as if all that wasn’t enough, TV lovers have The Strain Season 1 Collector's Edition Blu-ray Box Set (available exclusively on Amazon ahead of a July 14th wide home media release) and Teen Wolf Season 4 to look forward to, and we also have a ton of indie horror titles coming to DVD and Blu-ray, including Debug,
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This Week in Blu-ray: UK Edition – Kingsman: The Secret Service, Inherent Vice, Mortdecai, The Interview, Society and more

Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what treats are in-store this week on Blu-ray in the UK: Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, some incoherence in Inherent Vice, Johnny Depp in Mortdecai and some society parties in Brian Yuzna’s Society

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Order Kingsman: The Secret Service Via Amazon

Both a critical and public darling, Matthew Vaughn’s hugely exciting spy adventure has been a massive success across the globe as well as in the UK and Us. Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Mark Strong and Michael Caine are part of an elite British espionage team trying to track down the evil Samuel L. Jackson.

See Also: Read our review of Kingsman: The Secret Service

Inherent Vice

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Incoherent Vice is more like it – Paul Thomas Anderson’s hugely anticipated new film split audiences like Marmite, with many loving it’s eccentricities and humour,
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Celebrating the subversive, surreal Society

Brian Yuzna's 1989 horror Society is out on Blu-ray from Arrow Films. Ryan takes a look back at a grotesque satire...

Bill Whitney’s just an ordinary American high school kid. Sure, he may live in a Beverly Hills mansion. He might drive a brand new Jeep to the beach. But deep down, he has the same hang-ups as most teenagers: he distrusts authority, resents his parents, and suspects that he might actually be adopted.

Gradually, however, we suspect that there might be something more to Billy’s paranoid fantasies than raging hormones - his parents really do seem to be up to something sinister - something to do with private parties, naked orgies, and shunting...

"We're just one big happy family... except for a little incest and psychosis"

Society stars Billy Warlock, a young actor fresh from TV shows like Days Of Our Lives. If this were a straight drama,
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Round-Up: The Walking Dead’s Charlie Adlard Draws Metal Hammer Magazine Cover, I Kill Giants Feature Film, Society Blu-ray / DVD

The latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine was already shaping up to be a special one, with Slipknot's Corey Taylor guest-editing the issue, but it became an absolute dream for metal and horror fans when Taylor asked The Walking Dead comic book artist Charlie Adlard to illustrate the cover and participate in an exclusive interview. We take a look at that cover (and the behind-the-scenes process of its creation) in our latest round-up, in addition to details on the feature film adaptation of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's I Kill Giants graphic novel and Arrow Video's impressive limited edition Blu-ray/DVD release of Society.

Charlie Adlard's Metal Hammer Magazine: "Charlie Adlard – acclaimed illustrator from the Walking Dead comics – has designed Metal Hammer magazine’s special gatefold front cover with Exclusive artwork of every member of Slipknot. Trust us, it looks badass.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor has taken over
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Full details for Arrow Films’ release of Brian Yuzna’s Society

Arrow Video have this week detailed their eagerly-anticipated Blu-ray release of Brian Yuzna’s Society, which is to be released with on both a standard and Limited Edition Digipak Blu-ray release on June 8th in the UK and June 9th in the States.

Released in 1989, the cult horror film stars Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, and Evan Richards.

Even though he’s from a wealthy family, teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock of Baywatch and General Hospital) just can’t seem to fit in among the mysterious upper class of Beverly Hills. But when he learns that his parents and sister may be involved in secret sexual depravity, Bill begins to suspect that rich people are indeed very different from the rest of us. Can Bill escape his initiation into a nightmare world of privileged perversion or will he be forced to make the ultimate contribution to Society?

Special Features:

–Newly
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"Retaliation", "Society" and "Island Of Death"

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Mvd Entertainment Group  furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in North America with a strong schedule of May 2015 cult releases receiving the deluxe treatment in video, audio, supplements and artwork:

"Retaliation" - Limited Edition Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD, available May 12, 2015 is "...a tale of gang warfare with Akira Kobayashi  as a yakuza lieutenant who emerges from jail to find his gang dispersed and his aging boss in his sickbed, with a rival waiting to kill him and a young girl caught in the crossfire..."

This restored High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) (and Standard Definition DVD) presentation, is on Blu-ray for the first time, with original uncompressed mono Pcm audio, newly translated English subtitles, a new interview with star Jô Shishido, an interview with critic, historian Tony Rayns, the film's original theatrical trailer, a gallery featuring rare promotional images, a reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan, a
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Horror Round-Up: God Told Me To Theatrical Re-Release, Scream Queens Casting Update, Society & Island of Death Blu-ray / DVDs

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Welcome to another horror round-up! This time around we’re focusing on Blue Underground’s theatrical re-release of Larry Cohen’s God Told Me To, a Scream Queens casting update, and Arrow Video’s upcoming Blu-ray/DVD releases of Society and Island of Death.

God Told Me To: Press Release – “One of the most disturbing and thought-provoking horror films of our time, God Told Me To was written, produced and directed by Larry Cohen (It’S Alive, Q- The Winged Serpent) and stars Tony Lo Bianco (The French Connection, The Honeymoon Killers)

Co-starring Deborah Raffin (Death Wish 3), Academy Award® winner Sandy Dennis (Who’S Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?), Academy Award® nominee Sylvia Sidney (Beetlejuice), Sam Levene (Brute Force), Robert Drivas (Cool Hand Luke), Mike Kellin (Sleepaway Camp), Richard Lynch (Bad Dreams), and Andy Kaufman (Taxi)

Confirmed theaters and dates, with additional cities coming soon.

Special Q&A’s with Larry Cohen Tba!
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