47 FILMS: 4. SOCIETY
More 47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams. This episode we delve into the disturbing body horror classic ‘Society’.
We all know that the upper echelons of society are populated by giant lizards in disguise that feast on the poor and have a secret base in the centre of the earth. I learnt that at school and sure my history teacher was later sent to an asylum after frying his brain with acid and walking into Starbucks wearing a tin foil hat and a beard of bees, but that doesn’t mean what he taught me wasn’t true.
The writer/director of Society Brian Yuzna obviously had a similar education to myself but in his version the rich are not reptiles but shape-shifting sexual deviants who hold flesh gorging orgies in their posh Beverly Hills mansions.
If you’ve seen it, you will never forget it. Firstly, because it features some of the most strange and grotesque scenes in cinema history and a man with a face in his ass to boot. Secondly, because there is a tinge of deviant eroticism that could ruin you for life. And thirdly, it’s one of the best satires of the American class system and the 1980s culture of excess.
Think of it as a low-budget Cronenberg version of Kubrick’s criminally underrated Eyes Wide Shut but in the world of Society,Tom Cruise would have been pulled inside out and devoured by the masked masons.
Oh, and if you find yourself wondering just how sick Brian Yuzna’s mind is, it’s worth knowing that he wrote the screenplay for an obscure little film called ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’.
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