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Society (1989)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  11 June 1992 (USA)
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Bill is worried that he is 'different' to his sister and parents. They mix with other 'upper class' people while Bill is more down to earth. Even his girlfriend seems a bit odd. All is ... See full summary »

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Clarissa Carlyn
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Milo
Ben Meyerson ...
Ferguson
Charles Lucia ...
Jim Whitney
Concetta D'Agnese ...
Nan (as Connie Danese)
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Jenny Whitney
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Shauna
Ben Slack ...
Dr. Cleveland
David Wiley ...
Judge Carter
Tim Bartell ...
David Blanchard
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Petrie
Maria Claire ...
Sally
Conan Yuzna ...
Jason
Jason Williams ...
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Bill is worried that he is 'different' to his sister and parents. They mix with other 'upper class' people while Bill is more down to earth. Even his girlfriend seems a bit odd. All is revealed when Bill returns home to find a party in full swing. Not for the weak of stomach. Written by Rob Hartill

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Rated R for bizarre sexuality and violence, and for language. | See all certifications »

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It was producer Keith Walley who suggested hiring Mark Ryder and Phil Davies as the film's composers. See more »

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Reflected on the ground when Bill is talking to his sister after he and friend finish playing basketball See more »

Quotes

Bill Whitney: Fuckin' nightmare.
Dr. Cleveland: Last night?
Bill Whitney: My life.
Dr. Cleveland: Are you scared?
Bill Whitney: I get scared.
Dr. Cleveland: Of what?
Bill Whitney: My parents, my sister... you.
Dr. Cleveland: Why?
Bill Whitney: I feel like something's gonna happen. And, if I scratch the surface, they'll be something terrible underneath.
Dr. Cleveland: It's perfectly normal to experience a certain irrational fear. It's no more than a phase. It'll pass, I assure you.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Clarisa's Song (Make It Tonight)
Music & Lyrics by Mark Ryder & Phil Davies
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What the...?
9 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen, somewhat akin to watching a Lovecraft tale as told by John Waters. I think I liked it. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I did...I guess.

Billy (Bill Warlock of soap opera fame) is nearly 18, and has spent his youth living a life of privilege with his wealthy family in Beverly Hills. However, he senses that something is wrong. He does not look like his mother, father or sister, and indeed, they treat him as though he were an outsider. Oh, they're always very pleasant and polite, but they're somewhat distant and rather cold, displaying no real emotions towards him or anyone else. Tragic news is met with blank expressions and vacant smiles. Billy's girlfriend is too busy obsessing about parties to care about Billy's mounting concerns, and his psychiatrist dismisses his worries with prescriptions. When Billy hears an audio tape recorded by his sisters' most recent dumpee, his worst fears are confirmed: something unnatural is happening, something incestuous and profane. But the dumpee disappears, the tape recording alters itself, and Billy finds himself being slowly and deliberately cornered by The Society.

For all that this film is a dark comment on the soullessness of the upper classes, it never really takes itself seriously. Indeed, if it had, this movie would have died a quick death and taken up residence in the discount PVT bin at Blockbuster Video, cursed as it is with all the hideousness of the 1980s, denim and synth music and helmets of bleached hair everywhere. But this movie is so odd and freaky with the most morbid sense of humor running all the way through it that it works, and works pretty good. The special effects look a bit dated, but they're so hilarious that you won't care. (insert "butthead" scene here.) The "shunting" scene is still difficult to watch for people like me who have a low tolerance for sadism and gore, but I've seen gorier and the concept was so innovative that I had to appreciate it.

If you ever wanted to see one of those sappy teen movies from the 80s, (preferably the ones that starred Michael J. Fox or Molly Ringwald) tortured, dismembered and publicly humiliated, then this might just be the film for you.


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