Monday, July 6, 2015
From the outside, teenage Bill Whitney looks to have the perfect life: wealthy family that lives in a mansion in Beverly Hills, high school basketball hero, hot girlfriend and then another hot girl on the side...but something's not quite right. Bill sees glimpses of freaky pre-JACOB'S LADDER-style stuff (like his sister in the shower with her breasts on her back), but it can't be real, right? Maybe he's losing his mind. But then the people that Bill confides in start dying mysteriously. Is there really something sinister going or he just nuts?!
SOCIETY is a pretty unique film. Even a quarter of a century later it still has the power to make new viewers go "What the fuck am I watching?" and laugh. That said, I wish the filmmakers had taken a more serious tone with the film instead of making the ending all silly. The story idea is very disturbing when you thinking about it, but unfortunately the film comes off more as a dark comedy instead of a nightmare-inducing brainfuck. Quick pace, great 80's fashions and cars, mild nudity, fantastic special effects that are still impressive, good acting, imaginative visuals and story.
Recommended for fans of the weirder side of cinema.