Society (1989)
October 23, 2022 1:28 PM - Subscribe

A Beverly Hills teen (Billy warlock) discovers his parents are part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite. A throbbing, goopy, heady, body horror.

Directed by Brian Yuzna. Written by Rick Fry & Woody Keith.

62% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Criterion, Shudder, Kanopy, Night Flight, RedBox and Arrow. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I should have posted a possession film because this is my 666th movie post on FF. [devil horns]

This is a bananas-ass class warfare allegory mixed with truly epic body horror. Fun watch.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:34 PM on October 23, 2022 [4 favorites]

I rented this not knowing it was uhm the kind of horror it was but knew billy warlock was involved and figured with a major Baywatch actor involved it was probably on the side of silly/cheesy horror

The 'shunting' scenes gave me nightmares for *months*
posted by Faintdreams at 2:19 PM on October 23, 2022 [1 favorite]

This film is wild.
posted by iamkimiam at 3:22 PM on October 23, 2022

"It feels good to stretch!"

Yeah, this movie just gets right into the unsettling body horror and stays there. Kind of surprised it ever got made! Not the greatest film sci-fi/horror allegory about class warfare from the 1980s (that goes to They Live, I think), but it's definitely on the list.
posted by Saxon Kane at 7:57 PM on October 23, 2022 [2 favorites]

The problem with being a self-professed Film Geek is that you tend to get cocky. What obscure film did you say? Yeah, I know about it. I know it. I know it ALL!

And then twenty plus years after it was released, you read about (then watch) "Society" for the first time, and you are tremendously humbled.

What I'm really saying is that "Society" has no business being archived by the National Film Registry, and yet it TOTALLY needs to be archived by the National Film Registry.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 8:12 PM on October 23, 2022 [3 favorites]

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