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Shudder Movie Review: Society (1989)
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Society
Shudder Streaming
Directed by Brian Yuzna
Written by Rick Fry, Woody Keith
Starring Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, Ben Meyerson
Society Productions Inc. | Wild Street Pictures
Rated R | 99 Minutes
Original US Release Date: June 11th, 1992 (completed in 1989)

“Didn’t you know Billy boy… the rich have always sucked off low-class sh*t like you!”

In the video store days I acquired my passion for horror movies by studying each and every VHS box. Some showed gross-out imagery, and would go on to join the notorious Video Nasties. Then, after the conversion to DVD and now Blu-ray and of course, online streaming, some films seemed lost forever in the abyss. One of the those was Society, the directorial debut of Brian Yuzna, who was an assistant director and producer of cult favorite Re-Animator (1985). He would work with director Stuart Gordon again as a producer on From Beyond (1986). Gordon and Yuzna specialized in “body horror”, a subgenre of horror that focuses on the graphic destruction and dismantling of the human form. If you’re struggling with that definition, think the films of David Cronenberg, especially The Fly (1986), and Videodrome (1983). In other words, these films usually are filled with grotesque scenes of graphic bodily mutations and mutilations.

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