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A still from Society (1989)

Society

1989 | JapanUnited States | 99 min
aka:
  • The Shunting
  • Watched on Thu May 27, 2021 via Blu-ray (2015 | Arrow)
    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    A satirical paranoid thriller starring Billy Warlock as a Beverly Hills teen who uncovers a sinister, far-reaching conspiracy. The fun comes in how far the film will push its boundaries. Where other movies stop at suspenseful, Society pushes through to weird, disturbing, and gross.

    I liked Warlock as the lead. His look reminded me of a young Rob Lowe. Strong jaw and cheekbones, but delicate facial features. Convincing as a good-genes-soft-life Beverly Hills teen. His smaller stature has everyone towering over him, ala Michael J. Fox, and he conveys a similar awkward charm.

    But the ending sells the movie. A Grand Guignol practical effects spectacle that shocks, sickens, and resonates. You won’t forget it.

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  • Watched on Sat Nov 03, 2018 via Amazon

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