Written By: DMG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Brian Yuzna
Producer: Keith Walley
Screenwriter: Woody Keith and Rick Fry
Date Released: June 11, 1992
Billy Warlock as William “Bill” Whitney
Devin DeVasquez as Clarissa Carlyn
Tim Bartell as Blanchard
Evan Richards as Milo
Ben Meyerson as Ferguson
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Society (1992) follows a teenage boy named Bill who lives in Beverly Hills, California. Growing up in an upper-class family, Bill has always felt out of place and different from the rest of his family. His suspicion that he truly is not a member of the family is risen by a tape he receives from his friend, Blanchard. When Bill listens to the tape, it appears his sister is engaged in a sort of sexual ritual. Following these discoveries, Bill discusses this with his therapist and gives him the tape, but the tape is suspiciously erased. It soon becomes clear that his family along with all of Beverly Hills is hiding a secret. Bill discovers that the people he knew, are not human and have routinely engaged in the massacre and absorption of individuals who are of a lower class. Bill is faced with these challenges and soon must try to escape his “Society”.
Within the last 20-30 minutes of the film, the members of Beverly Hills engage in a satirical, orgy infested ritual. All the members of Beverly Hills start to get naked and group together to form one person. Each person’s skin attaches to the next and these sub-species begin to absorb their victims. The prosthetic work is somewhat disgusting but also humorous in a way. As the sub-specie members engage in their sexual, masochistic ways, they fall into a kind of ecstasy. The entire scene looks like one big opium den filled with fog and doped up people. The remainder of the film is fairly benign in respect to any gore factors and more focused on the plot and Bill’s quest to find the truth about his family. Overall, the gore in this film is nothing to be too excited about, but the last scenes of the film are interesting to watch nonetheless.
The Grave Review
Society (1992) is your typical 1990s, cheesy horror flick. There is no shortage of bad dialogue, terrible acting and dated concepts in the film, Society (1992). When you watch Society, you should go in with the understanding that this film is by no means anything special. However, as noted above, the last 30 minutes of the film is enough to recommend a one-time watch. The sub-species orgy scene is certainly unique. Beyond the sexual ritual that takes place, there is a subtle message of “society” in general. As the title of the film suggests, Society brings a message that people in this world will try to absorb and belittle those who are not as fortunate or appear to be different in some way. This film is now more than 20 years old and the struggle of acceptance within our society is still a current issue.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Society (1992) one and one-half graves out of five graves.
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