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Society [DVD]

Billy Warlock , Devin Devasquez , Brian Yuzna    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Warlock, Devin Devasquez, Evan Richards, Ben Meyerson, Connie Danese
  • Directors: Brian Yuzna
  • Producers: Keith Walley
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Palisades Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,053 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Brian Yuzna directs this 1980s horror starring Billy Warlock, Devin Devasquez and Evan Richards. Bill Whitney (Warlock) is just a normal teenager growing up in Beverly Hills, California. Surrounded by the rich and famous Bill is soon introduced to a surreal lifestyle of partying, paranoia and perverse behavior. Things turn even stranger when Bill is shown a video of his family getting up to some unusual activities at a party. Can Bill put aside his morals to become an elite member of Beverly Hills society?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By West25
Bill Whitney is a 17-year-old with a problem, he has to see a psychiatrist as he feels paranoid that his parents, sister and even the psychiatrist himself are hiding a terrible secret from him. His parents treat him differently than his sister, and they seem disgusted that he mixes with the "lower class" which is something they would never do. He begins to suspect that his parents and sister have an incestuous relationship, and the horrible truth about his "upper class" family and friends is revealed in one twisted, horrific, bizarre night.

The acting is good, TV veteran Billy Warlock was very likeable as Bill and I genuinely hoped his character would be okay. Evan Richard's impressed as his best friend Milo, and Devin DeVasquez was terrific as the love interest, Clarissa, who may know more than she lets on. I could pretty much name the whole cast, as everybody played their part in a very well acted movie.

Society was Brian Yuzna's directorial debut, he'd been producer on several of Stuart Gordon's early movies including Re-Animator and From Beyond before deciding to have a go at directing himself. Society feels very similar to those early Gordon movies, it's pretty creepy before the outrageous final 20 minutes that's as weird as the last 20 minutes of Re-Animator. The first hour of Society is a very subtle, creepy movie with great atmosphere that only hints at what's to come. The final 20 minutes or so is very different with subtlety completely replaced with a visual treat of in your face, crazy gross out, stomach churning effects. For some people the ending ruins the film as it seems out of place and too different to the first hour, for other people it's by far the film's biggest draw and it's what makes the film as good as it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this not available! 22 Aug 2007
This film is a complete cult classic and I can't believe that it's not available (unless you are rich!). I watched it on a friend's grainy car-boot-bought VHS a while ago and loved it and need to own it myself. Brian Yuzna is truly a master of extreme special-effects and though this film delivers on that promise it is different to what fans of Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator and The Dentist would expect. It's much more of a weird-out paranoiac thriller and the suspense is great, making the pay-off (oh - the crazy, crazy pay-off) so much better. Bring out a new DVD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Society. Cult (horror?) Film 25 Jan 2007
By Mel C
I first saw this film on French t.v some eight years ago. I recorded it to V.H.S but the tape ran out 5 minutes before the film ended! It was not until Mark Kermode (t.v critic) mentioned it on 'The Culture Show`BBC2 some days ago that I decided to purchase the D.V.D version from Amazon. This is a true cult movie,although I would be hard pressed to call it horror; Wierd is more suitable.Brian Yuzna's (horror) satire features special effects by Screaming Mad George that have to be seen to be believed! The special effects still stand after some sixteen years since it was made.I would have given it 5 stars if the start of the film had been a little more intriguing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Too True 28 Nov 2010
By Oceanus
This film is a brilliant allegory of America. The cannibalistic high-ups use secret paths to control power, and destroy anyone who questions them. The special effects and earth-alien trappings are an excellent way to illustrate something that exists in real life, but which isn't normally as tangible. The glossy shoulder-pad and bangles-perm styling of the film lure the viewer down a trail they are unlikely to forget, touching on all manner of taboos and turning society inside-out metaphorically and physically. The theming is blended perfectly into the drama, and the whole piece is even more relevant and poignant in a modern world based almost entirely on lies. An unacknowledged classic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good For A Laugh!! 28 May 2008
A ridiculous film which always plays it close to the bone.... Billy always feels like he doesn't quite fit in with his family and can't quite figure out why...upper class high jinx soon sort that out, and Billy learns that keeping it in the family might mean giving more of himself than he's willing to...
I absolutely love this film, tongue in cheek that it is, especially the scene where his dad reminds you what a butt head he really is. It does make you squirm a little, and is definitely not one for the kids...but if you like to laugh and squirm at the same this!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shunting Party 5 Sep 2010
This could be the ultimate paranoia movie. Strange things are happening in middle-class suburbia and late-twenty-something teenager Bill Whitney (played by Baywatch's Billy Warlock) is trying to find out what exactly is going on. Whatever it is, just about everybody else seems to be in on it including members of Bill's own family.... Whitney, we have a problem!

I don't really want to say much more than this but I will say that this is a highly original (and, at times, bizarre) film which features some truly grotesque special effects courtesy of Joji Tani, a.k.a. Screaming Mad George. Just try to picture a feature-length episode of Beverly Hills 90210 directed by the artist Hieronymus Bosch or by H.R. Giger and that may give you some idea of what to expect.

Fans of films such as Re-Animator and From Beyond will enjoy the yucky make-up effects while nostalgia lovers can savour the late-1980s' hairstyles and fashions!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic cheese
The acting isn't great and it take a while to pay off but when it gets to the last act it really hits the mark with good old fashion no cgi special effects
Published 10 months ago by Stuart P Bottomley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Film so Bizarre You Have to See it to Believe it.
I do not watch horror films anymore (due to PTSD and how horror films trigger horrifying nightmares), but I recently did watch this, and it's images will forever be imbedded in to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Liolania
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd, Bonkers and Disgusting.
Set in rich Beverely Hills the film tells the story of a teenager who becomes increasingly paranoid about his family and the locals. Read more
Published 17 months ago by JennyD
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie fits right in!
Society is a movie unlike anything you've ever seen before. It is quite simply just plain bizarre.
Directed by Brian Yuzna who either makes wonderful movies such as this or... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Colonel Decker
3.0 out of 5 stars society...
a must see movie from my past,BUT i remember it being better and a little disappointing,(my movie club didnt think it was that hot either)
but if ure into hellraiser 1 2 etc... Read more
Published 24 months ago by sidewalksurfer69
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic melt
Dated and at times slow. Gentle menace will not be enough for those who prefer slash horror; but engaging enough. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2010 by N. Margerison
4.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable horror say the LEAST!.
The film has probably one of the most goriest and disgusting special fx I have ever seen that happen especially towards the end at the gory climax where the upper society or rich... Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2010 by Puzzle box
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror with a naughty twist
When i first saw this film on video i was a bit shocked - its a bit dated now but the story line and the plot i think is still very good. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by Stephen Osze
4.0 out of 5 stars Society is class
On the surface this film is an amazing example of old skool special effects (with a tantilising build up), but look a little deeper an it's actually a poignant commentary on social... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2009 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good boating weather ... for eating the poor
A delightfully twisted black comedy with one of the most debauched and outrageous final 20 minutes you are ever likely to see! Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2009 by Cartimand
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