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Director:
Writers:
Rick Fry (writer)
Woody Keith (writer)
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Release Date:
11 June 1992 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In Beverly Hills, what you fear is only the beginning. See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Billy Warlock ... Bill Whitney

Devin DeVasquez ... Clarissa Carlyn

Evan Richards ... Milo
Ben Meyerson ... Ferguson
Charles Lucia ... Jim Whitney
Concetta D'Agnese ... Nan (as Connie Danese)

Patrice Jennings ... Jenny Whitney

Heidi Kozak ... Shauna
Ben Slack ... Dr. Cleveland
David Wiley ... Judge Carter
Tim Bartell ... David Blanchard

Brian Bremer ... Petrie
Maria Claire ... Sally
Conan Yuzna ... Jason
Jason Williams ... Jason's Friend
Pamela Matheson ... Mrs. Carlyn
Rohni Lee ... Ferguson's Gang
Michael Schipper ... 'Ferguson's Gang'
Chris Claridge ... 'Ferguson's Gang'
Amy Obrand ... 'Ferguson's Gang'

David Wells ... Sergeant Burt
Mike Diamant ... Cop in Woods
Raffaella Commitante ... Nurse in Hospital
Seely Abraham ... Extra
Chris Anne ... Extra
Laura Tulaska ... Extra
Mike Colletta ... Extra
Robb Willoughby ... Extra
Tom Druzay ... Extra
John Frazer ... Extra
Allen Eisenhart ... Extra
Michael 'Tony' Merten ... Extra
Donamari Tia ... Extra
Tom Lewis ... Extra
Blanche Bimstein ... Extra
Thomas C. Rainone ... Extra (as Tom Rainone)
Kristine Kauffman ... Extra
Lisa Bal ... Extra
Nicolle Durant ... Extra
Daniel Heren ... Extra
Caroline Lomas ... Extra
C. John Merrill ... Extra
Steven Morgan ... Extra
Rick Widman ... Extra

Chanel Ryan ... Extra
Mark David ... Extra
Don Storey ... Extra
Robin Agee ... Extra

Directed by
Brian Yuzna 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rick Fry  writer
Woody Keith  writer

Produced by
Keizo Kabata .... executive producer
Terry Ogisu .... executive producer
Keith Walley .... producer
Paul White .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Phil Davies 
Mark Ryder 
 
Cinematography by
Rick Fichter 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Teschner 
 
Casting by
Donna B. Anderson 
 
Production Design by
Matthew C. Jacobs  (as Mathew Jacobs)
 
Art Direction by
Kelle DeForrest 
 
Costume Design by
Robin Lewis West 
 
Makeup Department
Nick Benson .... surrealistic makeup lab technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Christopher Bergschneider .... surrealistic makeup lab technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Roberto dePalma .... foam technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Jeff Edwards .... foam technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Screaming Mad George .... surrealistic makeup designer and creator: S.M.G. Inc.
Wendy Gosse .... additional makeup artist
Dave Grasso .... surrealistic makeup lab technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Moto Hata .... head technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Guy Himber .... surrealistic makeup lab technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Makio Kida .... first technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Lewis Lamonica .... surrealistic makeup lab technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Lisa Love .... additional makeup artist
Jennifer Martin .... surrealistic makeup lab technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Valerie McKnight .... additional makeup artist
Kevin Reter .... fiberglass mold technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Johnnie Saiko .... surrealistic makeup lab technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Rebeca Scott .... surrealistic makeup lab technician: S.M.G. Inc. (as Rebeca Recio)
Sheri Short .... hair stylist (as Sheri P. Short)
Sheri Short .... makeup artist (as Sheri P. Short)
Leigh Stephens .... fiberglass mold technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Phyllis Temple .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dean Ramser .... executive in charge of production
Gary Schmoeller .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Benedict .... first assistant director
Jerome Goldberg .... second second assistant director
Jerry Goldberg .... second second assistant director
Jeffrey M. Zeitlin .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Mark Barofsky .... property master
Kim Barofsky-Thorpe .... assistant props (as Kim-Gay Barofsky)
Franklyn Gottbetter .... set dresser
Christy Mozillo .... set dresser
Don Storey .... art swing gang
Frank Taylor .... construction coordinator
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist
Randal Woodward .... paint foreman
 
Sound Department
John L. Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Duke Brown .... sound editor
Gonzo Cervantes .... sound editor (as Gonzo)
Gail Clark Burch .... adr editor
Michael P. Cook .... sound editor
Barbara Delpuech .... boom operator
William Fiege .... sound mixer
Robert Friedman .... foley artist
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (as Albert Gomez)
Adam Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Dale Johnston .... sound editor
Ted Johnston .... sound editor
James Koford .... sound editor
John Lawson .... stereo sound consultant
Tom Ruff .... adr mixer
Leonard M. Smith Jr. .... foley recordist
Marty Stein .... sound editor
Casey Troutman .... foley artist
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound designer
Doug E. Turner .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Virnig .... sound editor
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Fleming .... loader (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Nick Benson .... special effects
Guy Himber .... creature shop
 
Stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator (as Daniel Bradley)
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Matt McColm .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Alford .... electrician
Eric Anderson .... director of photography: second unit
Kirk Benke .... electrician
Mike Bienstock .... second assistant camera
Todd Brown .... electrician
Gary Cline .... electrician
Anthony R. Collier .... grip: second unit
Bruce R. Cook .... director of photography: second unit
Erin-Bruce Cook .... grip/electrician swing: second unit
Troy Cook .... first assistant camera: second unit
Steve Crosland .... first assistant camera
Peter Drinco .... grip
Kimo Easterwood .... electrician: second unit
Marcus 'Roo' Flower .... grip (as Marcus Flower)
Greg Gardiner .... director of photography: second unit
Geoffrey George .... gaffer: second unit
John Grillo .... first assistant camera: third unit
Mark Gutterud .... director of photography: third unit
Zoltan Gyulai .... first assistant camera: second unit
Shawn C. Hice .... first assistant camera: second unit
Michael Jimenez .... electrician (as Michael L. Jiminez)
Adam Jones .... electrician
Michael Maley .... gaffer
Darin McDaniel .... electrician
Michael McNeally .... electrician
William L. Peets .... best boy electric
R.O. Rafanovic .... grip/electrician swing: second unit
David M. Rakoczy .... key grip
Vince Rapini .... electrician (as Vincent Rupini)
Simon Scheeline .... grip
Warren Sewell .... grip production assistant
Steven H. Simons .... electrician
Adam Smith .... gaffer: second unit
Ted Vasquez .... key grip: second unit
Joseph Viles .... still photographer
Doug Weinmann .... electrician swing
Doug Weinmann .... grip
Randy Wyatt .... best boy grip (as Robert R. Wyatt)
 
Casting Department
Billy DaMota .... additional casting
Andrew Miller .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meg Goodwin .... set costumer
Kelly O'Gurian .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ray Morfino .... color timer
Keith H. Sauter .... first assistant film editor
Sharon Streich .... assistant film editor
William Young .... assistant film editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Steve Parr .... music engineer
Steve Parr .... score recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Kevin Hudis .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Peter Phillip Bayham .... production assistant
Nick Benson .... laboratory technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Christopher Bergschneider .... laboratory technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Daniel Carrey .... production assistant
Bruce Robert Fahr .... craft service
John Frick .... production accountant
Eric A. Gage .... location manager
Roy Garcia .... surrealistic makeup shunting puppeteer: S.M.G. Inc.
Dave Grasso .... laboratory technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Mitchell J. Greenblatt .... shunting puppeteer: S.M.G. Inc.
Mitchell J. Greenblatt .... surrealistic makeup shunting puppeteer: S.M.G. Inc.
Guy Himber .... laboratory technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Mike Johnson .... shunting puppeteer: S.M.G. Inc.
Mike Johnson .... surrealistic makeup shunting puppeteer: S.M.G. Inc.
Paul Kowalczk .... set production assistant
Lewis Lamonica .... laboratory technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Candace Lovell .... craft service
Jennifer Martin .... laboratory technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Mary Ann Molloy .... set nurse
Thomas C. Rainone .... production assistant (as Tom Rainone)
Johnnie Saiko .... laboratory technician: S.M.G. Inc.
Rebeca Scott .... laboratory technician: S.M.G. Inc. (as Rebeca Recio)
Philip J. Slaghter .... shunting puppeteer: S.M.G. Inc.
Debra Spidell .... production coordinator
Mark S. Thomas .... script supervisor
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for bizarre sexuality and violence, and for language.
Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2004) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | New Zealand:M (uncut) | Norway:18 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2014) | UK:15 (re-rating) (Blu-ray) (2014) | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Finished in 1989, but not released until 1992.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Towards the end of the movie Bill goes home to confront his parents. When looks out the window and sees their car pull up it's night, but when he goes down stairs to greet them it's suddenly day.See more »
Quotes:
Clarissa Carlyn:How do you like your tea? Cream, sugar... or do you want me to pee in it?
Bill Whitney:[after being speechless for a few seconds] You are a class act, Clarissa.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Fear in the Dark (1991) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Eton Boat SongSee more »

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What are the differences between the VHS from Republic and the unrated DVD from Anchor Bay?
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20 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Severely underrated Lovecraftian spoof-mystery...thing, 5 October 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Brian Yuzna established himself within the horror genre by producing splatter flicks such as the masterpiece Re-Animator and the pretty damn good From Beyond; but Society marks his first directorial project. It's a good one too! This film is unlike the likes of Re-Animator in that it doesn't work principally from lots of gore. There are some disgusting scenes on display; but the main focus of the film is always on the surreal element of the story. It definitely shares a Lovecraftian influence with Re-Animator. Bill Whitney is pretty much the normal teenage boy; but he's pretty sure his family aren't. He's paranoid that something unusual is going down with the society around him, but his psychiatrist is having none of it and puts it down simply to teenage paranoia. This is something more than paranoia, however, and after reviewing a tape his friend made, and having his friend die mysteriously, Bill is now certain that his fears are real. But it's hard to stand out from society; and society certainly isn't going to take his accusations lying down.

Society starts out like one of those teen comedies from the eighties; but somehow manages to build into a very surreal little film. I can definitely see why many didn't like it, but it certainly clicked for me! There are a lot of things that don't make perfect sense, the acting is terrible and the script is less than perfect - but it doesn't matter, because the imagination and inventiveness is here, and that is always the most important thing in horror. While there are films like this one in existence, there aren't any that are really similar to it; and that gives this film more standing in my view, as originality should be rewarded. Another positive element about this film is the way that it handles itself. The first hour is mainly concerned with the mystery behind 'society', but unlike many mystery flicks; this one always stays interesting. When it finally builds to it's effects-laden, disgusting finale - the audience really gets paid off, and if nothing else; you'll be captivated by what is on display. This film is a spoof on real 'society', but it keeps it's points close to it's chest and doesn't hit the audience in the face with them, thus giving this an element of intelligence. I warmly recommend this film!

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