Misbegotten Masterpieces – Society (1989)
Sometimes, you’re stuck in the (insert video on demand service name of your choice) menus in what seems to be a temporal causality loop trying to find something to watch, and end up falling asleep faster than you get to picking a movie to watch. Well, we here at Berk Reviews aim to assist you in your times of need and this is an enormous niche that needs to be filled. That said, let’s jump right into our first curated selection for you, and it’s a DOOZY to say the least!
Society from 1989 is March’s Misbegotten Masterpiece!
One’s formative teenage years can be a confusing, frustrating, messy time and nowhere is this as apparent as it is in Brian Yuzna’s Society (Amazon Digital or Amazon Physical) from 1989. This body horror film by the producer of Re-Animator is one of those lost gems that only those with deep horror knowledge will have heard of. While it doesn’t have the rich H.P. Lovecraft background that Yuzna’s previously produced Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1986) have, it ventures out into wholly original territory. The premise is simple, Billy Warlock portrays teenager Bill Whitney who, despite having a LOT going for him, suspects that something really strange is going on with his family. For starters, he just doesn’t feel like he fits in–which, is definitely part of the teenage condition.
As it turns out, his sister’s ex-boyfriend is all too content to provide him with additional suspicions in the form of an audio recording of Billy’s parents involved in some illicit goings-on of some sort. Again, being a teen, he’s quick to share this with his therapist. Society moves forward from those beginnings and heads into extremely uncharted territory (especially during its time). Yuzna productions did not spare anything in the way of gore–and provides the viewer with said gore in extremely creative fashion. Society may not hold up with regards to the makeup and effects used, but will most likely elicit a response from the experienced horror viewer.
Given our current political climate, Society is timely in the sense that it focuses on the disparity between the “in” crowd and the have nots. Not being a part of the crowd has its consequences, and in this case, they’re more than pretty severe. On the same note, it’s difficult to justify wanting to be included as part of this particular crowd. Stick around for the denouement as it’s something that should be seen instead of read. Oh, and good luck sleeping after watching it–or at least, sleeping with suspicious feelings.