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Society

Society

1989
Comedy
Horror
1h 39m
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... (imdb)
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Society

1989
Comedy
Horror
1h 39m
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Rated 05 Jun 2015
70
64th
I don't understand why anyone would ever recommend this tv-movie looking nonsense. Its main star's last name is Warlock for God's sake! Okay, well, that was weird. Is this like an incestuous study on... what the hell? Okay. Now I don't... What in the living? No. Okay. NO! Oh my God. You need to see this. Oh my God! See this! See this now! Oh my God! See this!
Rated 17 Oct 2015
75
65th
Uhhhhhhhh..... *Blows into bubble pipe* "You see, when the *vomits nonstop*
Rated 28 May 2015
67
50th
Gloriously silly "satire", with a somewhat uneven plot, and some fairly amateurish acting. It is good fun, though, and has an undercurrent of surreality that gives way to full blown orgy of wonderful gruesomeness at the end. Surprisingly enjoyable. Why did Billy Warlock say "Blanchard" every time the character came into view - were they worried we'd forget his name?
Rated 22 Jan 2017
9
90th
The kitschy b-level satire of high-society floats along nicely at first, but your initial suspicion is that there really isn't much to see here, this ain't a classic, move along, folks. Well, you're wrong. The third act, like a monstrous anal prolapse, pulls itself inside out and reveals its unhinged contempt for the upper class in a way no other movie probably ever will again. A fine documentary on the Trumps.
Rated 07 Dec 2012
58
61st
Paging Dr. Yuzna. Dr. Yuzna, a Mr. David Cronenberg is here and would like his body horror back.
Rated 29 Sep 2014
70
55th
For a long while it's only marginally interesting, but holy moly, Batman! My body was not prepared for that disgusting climax. The more I think about it, the creepier it gets. The keyword here is: Tzimisce.
Rated 12 Apr 2019
72
68th
Naively I figured I was prepared for the finale sequence after being tipped off to its bizarre WTF nature, but ooh dear, was I wrong. The first half of the film is a wonky coming-of-age/mystery and takes some time getting into a groove, but by then it really sets the bizarre dream-like, over-the-top, campy tone for the insanely WTF squishy orgy finale. Definitely worth a watch for body horror fans, if not only for the unforgettable finale.
Rated 12 Nov 2014
75
66th
It's really an outrageous satire on elitism that explodes into completely insane & frankly indescribable body horror towards the end. The effects are mind blowing & the ending alone makes it a classic but buildup is slow and the soap opera bits don't entirely work tonally. Probably cause the amateur cast can't carry it, with better actors & script it might've been brilliant. It has a surreal dreamlike quality though & scores bonus points for truly startling visuals, even for this kind of sleaze.
Rated 06 Dec 2012
75
74th
80's soap opera heartthrob Billy Warlock stars in this odd horror flick about a paranoid rich kid who starts to believe that his high society family and associates are all part of a sinister conspiracy. The first hour is too slow and has some very clunky moments, but the payoff is totally worth it. No spoilers here, but the last 20 minutes or so is a nonstop orgy of gore effects and WTF moments. Deliciously perverse if slightly too literal.
Rated 06 May 2020
70
48th
I sort of liked this A kid feeling alienated from his family and was everything really happening or is the kid just nuts ? But that ending just ruined everything for me
Rated 18 Apr 2021
77
65th
I was showing this to my brother and his girlfriend and right around the moment the old man shoves what is arguably his hand into a fleshy mass in the bourgeois orgy and the hand comes up another person's mouth his girlfriend whispers, "This. This is art." Marry her. Marry her right the fuck now.
Rated 23 Jan 2017
4
70th
"Man, we're over an hour into this movie and I'm still not sure where it's gooOOOOOOH MY GOOOOD WHAT THE FUCK!"
Rated 30 May 2016
55
33rd
The story is unfocused and progresses too slowly, but the stomach-turning finale (when it finally comes) is worth the wait, and makes the film a must-see for any fan of practical special effects. Baywatch's Billy Warlock is surprisingly decent as the hero too.
Rated 09 Mar 2016
75
64th
"Why is this considered body horror? There's nothing rea...OHMYGOD THAT MAN'S FACE IS ON A BUTT!"
Rated 02 Oct 2014
4
63rd
It's hard to blame a movie about lack of subtly when it devours its metaphor with such glee.
Rated 31 Jan 2021
85
90th
Still gnarly in 2021.
Rated 18 Aug 2011
70
20th
By all rights, this isn't a good movie. The plotting is spotty, the acting hovers between passable and camp, and the effects are, well, you can look at the thumbnail right there. But at the same time, it has cult movie written all over it. When it fails, it crashes and burns so hard you can't help but admire it. Let's just hope nobody tries to remake it.
Rated 16 Jul 2018
85
81st
Quintessential '80s body horror film, wonderfully interweaving its obvious yet appropriate and consistent social metaphors, well-paced build-up, and bonkers display of grimy bodily effects -- it really all is proof why films were invented.
Rated 27 Mar 2018
83
82nd
Society pulls a crazy rope-a-dope with two thirds of a teen-sex-drama followed by psychotic finale shot in an unforgettable pink hue. The plodding paranoia mixed with with some biting humor pays off with satire in the likes of Cronenberg. The most literal use of "butthead" there can be.
Rated 30 Oct 2015
84
77th
The allegory is super blunt, the acting is mediocre and a lot of it is tedious, but it has that special something that makes it absolutely intriguing. It gets increasingly insane as it continues and the finale is just incredible.
Rated 15 Aug 2008
78
83rd
Stick through the awkward 80s cheese of the first hour for those final twenty minutes of beautiful batshit insanity, some of the most lovely and repulsive body horror scenes ever filmed. Gorgeous, gooey flesh.
Rated 16 Sep 2012
85
90th
"I've never seen that before" moments in cinema don't happen to me often anymore, but this... WOW... MIND COMPLETELY BLOWN! :O
Rated 05 Oct 2014
64
22nd
Billy knows how to have a good time. :)
Rated 11 May 2009
75
86th
Good Movie
Rated 24 Dec 2010
57
46th
Deadpan black comedy. Although this makes the dramatic blunder of casting hunk Warlock as the alienated outsider hero (dumpy second lead Richards would have been a much better choice), this look into the lifestyles of the rich and mutated has moments of excellence interspersed with much narrative confusion and flat performances. It saves most of its very weird Screaming Mad George FX for its icky, squishy climax.
Rated 23 Apr 2011
38
23rd
Brian Yuzna's debut as a director is trashier than normal even for Yuzna/Gordon fare. It's entertainingly eccentric, but probably even stupider than intended.
Rated 29 Jul 2008
90
95th
They don't make flicks like these anymore, and I strongly suspect there might be a reason... Bad taste GOLD! An absolute classic with an ending to die for (or at least practice yoga for)...
Rated 21 Jun 2018
84
60th
Yuzna: "Truly we *DO* live in a society." Damn it really do be like that sometimes
Rated 11 Mar 2007
55
49th
As far out as it gets with some unreal effects and no cgi in sight.
Rated 06 Dec 2017
80
69th
I mean, for the sheer audacity of it, right?
Rated 07 Jul 2019
71
55th
This documentary is disgusting!
Rated 21 Jul 2013
30
43rd
Watch it for the ending- it's delightfully batshit. (3/5)
Rated 19 Sep 2018
61
63rd
It's hard to call Society a slow burn even though I suppose that's what it is. The first couple acts are quite boring but at least hint at what's to come. Even considering the hints, the final act comes so far out of left field it seems like it's not only not from the park but from a different game entirely, I need a shower.
Rated 08 Nov 2016
95
95th
While the finale is where the true payoff in this lies, the first 2 acts really do maintain a tense, dreamlike feel that manages to get under the skin.
Rated 23 Jun 2016
50
28th
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH-ADabYgps
Rated 01 Nov 2020
77
70th
Hang on, let me just check my calendar... 15 years from now? Yeah, I'm free... see you at the shunt
Rated 14 Feb 2019
75
38th
The plot's mystery was enough to guide me to the film's conclusion, but not enthralling. The tone was more lighthearted than I was expecting, especially in the end, but it was consistent. Some characters felt unneeded, such as Clarissa's mom. The real star is the practical effects and final act. The silly tone in the end confirmed it was intended to be camp, but it was distracting because the setup and visuals implied something more creepy and edgy than cartoony. Glad I watched but just OK.
Rated 22 Sep 2021
65
63rd
This was a weird and mostly entertaining film, it doesn't really live up to its hype. I think it's the overall increasingly goofy tone and feel of the film that brought it down for me.
Rated 28 Oct 2023
25
22nd
Entrails over the Country Club
Rated 16 Oct 2022
30
3rd
The climactic body-horror freakout is not enough to save this dull, ham-fisted, badly written and acted satire, and in fact the poor direction ensures that many of Screaming Mad George's deranged practical f/x are not even showcased well.
Rated 29 Jun 2020
80
67th
great documentary
Rated 21 Feb 2021
80
81st
Film text as an Althuserian culture critic's wet dream
Rated 02 Aug 2020
69
76th
It's kind of a shame the first two thirds is what it is - I can see what they're going for, a kind of elevated high school soap opera to lull you into a trance before unloading full-scale depravity down your throat (similar to what Twin Peaks would do much more successfully a year later) - because with that final act this should be right up there with Cronenberg's best.
Rated 31 Aug 2020
80
60th
Well worth the journey this one takes you on, super 80s slow burn grotesque madness. With flourishes of psychological drama to keep things elevated, packed with a satirical edge this thing is truly well rounded. Ticks a lot of boxes for me with all those things in mind.
Rated 19 Aug 2022
69
57th
That's a very... moist movie.
Rated 08 Oct 2022
72
51st
The first hour has some pacing issues, but still is a fine depiction of two very common themes; firstly the feeling of every adolescent of not fitting in their family, secondly the idea of the upper-class, the 1%, being a secret close knitted society that preys on the rest of humanity. The last half hour is absolutely bonkers and just the special effects in this make it worth seeing
Rated 27 Feb 2018
90
40th
Some fairly interesting ideas are somewhat short-changed by writing that's occasionally weak and that jars the ear. The jokes are also very dated, as are the effects, but I'm not going to hold that against it. For what it is Society is OK and definitely worth a look, if only for the ending, which isn't bad at all.
Rated 01 Jan 2023
80
68th
You know how one shot turns "Sleepaway Camp" into a must-see horror film? This has 15-20 minutes of crazed horror magic.
Rated 28 Jan 2023
4
90th
WTF
Rated 12 Apr 2023
79
2nd
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. And not in a good way.
Rated 23 Jun 2023
85
68th
A so-so movie that is saved by an absolutely bonkers climax and special effects showcase. The majority of the movie is marred by a mediocre script and acting with flashes of the insanity that's to come.
Rated 27 Mar 2024
58
18th
Doesn't pull off the high-minded thematic ideas it seems to be intending, I guess because its a crappy b-movie. I don't even know what elite satire was even intended, nothing makes any coherent sense. So that kind of ruins any credibility for the film. But the weird finale is surely noteworthy in Hollywood effect design history, so all credit for this film should go to Screaming Mad George for his great work.
Rated 18 Jul 2024
66
88th
I feel like they could've done more with the concept up until the final 20 minutes; it had a great climax, which is so strong it turns the film into somewhat of a classic in my eyes. Everything that came before it was pretty good as well, regardless.
Rated 28 Oct 2017
92
91st
Fim de semana do dia das bruxas filme #2: A Sociedade dos Amigos do Diabo. DVD Versátil Obras Primas do Terror Volume 6.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
19th
Doesn't quite work.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
86
88th
It's a classic, but, it's not a movie for everybody. Your stomach will be upset sometimes during the movie.
Rated 13 Jun 2008
60
54th
It's kinda hohum until the climax. But what a climax it is!
Rated 16 Dec 2010
64
43rd
This is a pretty bad film by any standard but by no means will that hinder your enjoyment of it. Rated on entertainment value.
Rated 10 Mar 2014
66
31st
Sınıf çatışmasına dair tüm zamanların ne garip filmlerinden biri. Ama senaryosu asıl mevzuya girmeden, bir saat boyunca kendini tekrar edip duruyor. Final de çok Hollywood işi.
Rated 17 May 2014
49
39th
Nice old fashion special effects when they did it for real. Although if the story sucks the entire movie sucks. And then again there was not much successful effects they ended up. The intellectual side of the plot was weak and badly built. There was not much decent nudity but you can see jingles once which was a surprise.
Rated 09 Sep 2015
70
35th
Really, really bizzare 80s movie, I don't think anything else comes close to describing it. I bet Cronenberg would enjoy the hell out of this too.
Rated 29 Feb 2016
76
30th
Not a great satire and the first 2/3rds move along with the dull romantic and conspiracy plots but it's so indulgent and grotesque at the end it might be worth watching anyway.
Rated 17 May 2020
65
45th
Though never quite the profound social commentary that it thinks it is, this is still a highly enjoyable & unique social satire that takes the "rich eating the poor" idea to a very literal extreme. Graphic as can be & packed with gruesome effects, it almost plays out like a comedy in parts because of just how over the top it is- not that that's a bad thing. Unfortunately, the writing isn't great, & the characters are all pretty flat. But, it's worth a look for being so damn weird.
Rated 14 Jul 2018
70
43rd
Kuşatılma (neredeyse kendisi hariç herkesin gerçeği bilmesi; truman show, rosemarynin bebeği), ensest, gerçeği arama, ses kaydı, cemaat, sosyete (Dinlediği ses kaydıyla ailesi ile ilgili gerçekleri öğrenen Billy'e neredeyse yardım edecek kimse yoktur. Kaydı getiren arkadaşı ve bir arkadaşı dışında) Final absürt bir şekilde bitiyor. Yoğun bir sistem eleştirisi var.
Rated 17 Mar 2019
77
75th
This would have been an entirely forgettable movie if not for Screaming Mad George salvaging it all in the final act. The effects at the end were unbelievable, and made for easily one of the most insane, bizarre things I've ever seen in my life.
Rated 28 Jun 2019
50
43rd
Now those were some talkative haemorrhoids.
Rated 06 Nov 2019
60
41st
not really my kinda thing but pretty good for what it is
Rated 22 Nov 2019
62
71st
schlocky fun
Rated 25 Mar 2020
83
54th
B+
Rated 22 Apr 2020
55
38th
Under Quarantine F?i?l?m? Gore Reviews #58: The satire is really on the nose and it plods along at a glacial pace the first hour but it simmers to an absolute boil with an outrageous climax. Seriously, I might need a shower after what I've just witnessed.
Rated 09 May 2020
92
96th
Not exactly subtle, but the finest film about class struggle I've ever seen.

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