Society (1989)

Society (1989)

Society (1989)
Director: Brian Yuzna
Starring: Billy Warlock (Bill Whitney) Connie Danese (Nan) Ben Slack (Dr. Cleveland)

Absolutely bizarre! “Society” is one of those films you don’t expect much from (it stars Billy Warlock from Baywatch, nuff said) but manages to deliver and astound the viewer. A grotesque, tasteless horror-comedy packed with mystery, gore, laughs, snappy dialogue, sex and a little sprinkling of incest, this movie is a must see for lovers of weird movies. They sure don’t make `em like this anymore.

The setting for this film is a kind of a 90210 scenario, rich kids in fancy cars, upper-class parents who own big houses, class differences in the local high school… you know the drill. Billy feels he his different from his sister, his parents and many of the kids at school and regularly sees a social worker after class. His cheer leader girlfriend (prepare yourself for one of motion picture histories most blatant “camel toes”) is obsessed with social status and being seen at all the parties, but Billy is more down to earth and is experiencing problems fitting in with both family and friends.

Weirdness begins to escalate as Billy’s sister makes her social debut. Billy’s parents and his sister seem closer than ever, constantly giving each other knowing smiles and glaring into each others eyes. Billy’s friend Blanchard seems to have some clues as to what is going on and approaches Billy with a recorded cassette of a private family conversation about the incestuous family orgy at his sister’s social debut. Billy soon falls for a pretty brunette girl, who is a reluctant member of Society and whose mother is a monstrous, brain dead woman who enjoys eating human hair.

As Billy begins to unravel the mystery of the Society his life and the lives of his friends are put in jeopardy. I don’t want to spoil the ending or the secrets of the Society so I won’t say too much more about the actual plot, I recommend you check out this one for yourself. It may be hard to find for hire but if you do stumble across it is definitely worth a watch. This movie has many surprises, shocks and unexpected twists in the plot. The ending is an hilarious gore fest that could rival the likes of Re-Animator (Yuzna also directed Re-Animator 2 & 3). This movie was originally recommended to me by my friend Mitch, kudos to you for a bizarre discovery.

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