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Society (1989)

R | | Comedy, Horror | 11 June 1992 (USA)
An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.

Director:

Brian Yuzna

Writers:

Rick Fry, Woody Keith
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Warlock ... Bill Whitney
Concetta D'Agnese Concetta D'Agnese ... Nan (as Connie Danese)
Ben Slack Ben Slack ... Dr. Cleveland
Evan Richards ... Milo
Patrice Jennings ... Jenny Whitney
Tim Bartell ... David Blanchard
Charles Lucia ... Jim Whitney
Heidi Kozak Haddad ... Shauna (as Heidi Kozak)
Brian Bremer ... Petrie
Ben Meyerson Ben Meyerson ... Ferguson
Devin DeVasquez ... Clarissa Carlyn
Maria Claire Maria Claire ... Sally
Conan Yuzna Conan Yuzna ... Jason
Jason Williams ... Jason's Friend
Pamela Matheson Pamela Matheson ... Mrs. Carlyn
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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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You are what They eat See more »

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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

As previously mentioned, the exterior shots of the hospital were filmed at the same Morningside Hospital used in HALLOWEEN II (1981) which Billy Warlock and his father and brother all appeared in. Dick Warlock portrayed the iconic Michael Myers character. His son Lance Warlock portrayed the boy with the boombox while Billy Warlock appeared as a teenager named Craig. See more »

Goofs

When Clarissa squirts the suntan cream on Bill's face on the beach, it is in a different pattern in the next shot, and lotion smeared on his shoulder disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jenny Whitney: If you have any Oedipal fantasies you'd like to indulge in, Billy, now's the time!
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Alternate Versions

The UK version is uncut. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Kill Count: Society (1989) (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Danube
by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Mark Ryder & Phil Davies
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Incredibly bizarre, but that's why it's so good!
7 March 2008 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

The best film directed by Brian Yuzna (producer of Re-Animator) is this strange horror/sci-fi satire on the yuppie way of life.

Beverly Hills teen begins to suspect that there's something very wrong with his snobbish family, is he imagining it or are they... inhuman?!

Society is one original and shocking black comedy. There's never a dull moment in the engulfing plot, which starts out as a paranoia mystery then only gets increasingly weird from there on out. It all builds to a warped finale that you won't forget! It's one of those surreal and gruesome terrors that makes you wonder if you should be laughing or screaming at what you're seeing. The makeup work of Screaming Mad George (great name) is very effectively disturbing. The direction of Yuzna is well-done and the addition of the Eton Boat Song as the films theme is a clever touch.

The cast is spot on in their performances, the best being young star Billy Warlock as our perplexed and horrified hero.

Society is one of those unique genre oddities that must be seen to be fully realized. It's one very wild trip that's well deserving of a cult status.

*** out of ****


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