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Society (1989)

R | | Comedy, Horror | 11 June 1992 (USA)
An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.

Director:

Brian Yuzna

Writers:

Rick Fry, Woody Keith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Warlock ... Bill Whitney
Concetta D'Agnese Concetta D'Agnese ... Nan (as Connie Danese)
Ben Slack Ben Slack ... Dr. Cleveland
Evan Richards ... Milo
Patrice Jennings ... Jenny Whitney
Tim Bartell ... David Blanchard
Charles Lucia ... Jim Whitney
Heidi Kozak Haddad ... Shauna (as Heidi Kozak)
Brian Bremer ... Petrie
Ben Meyerson Ben Meyerson ... Ferguson
Devin DeVasquez ... Clarissa Carlyn
Maria Claire Maria Claire ... Sally
Conan Yuzna Conan Yuzna ... Jason
Jason Williams ... Jason's Friend
Pamela Matheson Pamela Matheson ... Mrs. Carlyn
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Storyline

Bill is worried that he is 'different' to his sister and parents. They mix with other 'upper class' people while Bill is more down to earth. Even his girlfriend seems a bit odd. All is revealed when Bill returns home to find a party in full swing. Not for the weak of stomach. Written by Rob Hartill

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In Beverly Hills, what you fear is only the beginning. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bizarre sexuality and violence, and for language. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shunting See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Finished in 1989, it was released in much of Europe in 1989/1990 but not released in the USA until 1992. See more »

Goofs

Reflected on the ground when Bill is talking to his sister after he and friend finish playing basketball See more »

Quotes

Bill Whitney: Fuckin' nightmare.
Dr. Cleveland: Last night?
Bill Whitney: My life.
Dr. Cleveland: Are you scared?
Bill Whitney: I get scared.
Dr. Cleveland: Of what?
Bill Whitney: My parents, my sister... you.
Dr. Cleveland: Why?
Bill Whitney: I feel like something's gonna happen. And, if I scratch the surface, they'll be something terrible underneath.
Dr. Cleveland: It's perfectly normal to experience a certain irrational fear. It's no more than a phase. It'll pass, I assure you.
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Alternate Versions

The UK version is uncut. See more »

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Featured in The Masters of the Hunt... (2015) See more »

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If You Aint Got Money
Music & Lyrics by Mark Ryder & Phil Davies
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Brian Yuzna's View of the Fight of Classes
10 September 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) feels misfit with his parents and his sister Jenny Whitney (Patrice Jennings). When his sister's boyfriend David Blanchard (Tim Bartell) bugs his family, he shows the disturbing tapes to Bill showing incest and a weird society. When Blanchard dies in a car accident, Bill decides to investigate his family and find a scary truth.

"Society" is a disturbing movie of Brian Yuzna, where the fight of classes is presented in a very original way. The surrealistic story could be much better, but it is an interesting political and economical view of Marx theories, with the upper dominant classes literally and explicitly "eating "the lower classes. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Sociedade dos Amigos do Diabo" ("The Society of the Friends of the Devil")

Note: On 18 July 2017 I saw this film again.


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