Society(1989)(Review)[Weirdo Wednesday]

“You will make a great contribution to society!”

I have been told this my entire life, and its movies like this that can fuck someone up.

Society is simply about a boy named Bill Whitney who was born rich. His family is connected and his house is huge, but he feels like an outsider to them. They are always going to fancy dinner parties and showing off with their friends, while he just wants to play basketball, be a member of the debate team, and make out with his girlfriend.

But his sister has an official ‘coming out’ party that he has to miss due to one of his games, and after this, nothing is the same.

He starts having weird nightmares, he hears strange noises in the middle of the night, and for some reason, he keeps seeing his sister and his friends anatomically messed up – such as his sister’s head and shoulders being attached backwards in the shower.

It’s a standard story about a boy discovering something strange going on, but the picture of what’s going on is a bet eschewed. But the ending is one that will burn its way into your memories. It’s very disturbing and gross, but it has a great meaning. You’re better watching this with a crowd or at least one other person, because a solo watching can be a bit upsetting. It’s very funny in a dark way, and the special effects are one for the books.

All I’ll say is that if this is what it means to be a contribution to society, then I will continue being a hermit until the day I die.

‘Society’ is available for streaming on Shudder. And it's ironic how well this applies to splatastic September (I didn't plan for that).


‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra

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