Society

Society 18 Sold Out

Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance

Film

Please note: This was screened in July 2019

Director:
Brian Yuzna
Cast:
Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, Ben Meyerson
Duration:
99 mins, 1989, USA

From Brian Yuzna, the filmmaker behind Re-Animator, comes yet another gross out B-movie, but this time it's dripping with salty satire. Shelved for three years after its debut on the festival circuit, first at Cannes, the film finally gained a US theatrical release in 1992.

It certainly shocked some viewers, with reviewers calling it "extremely pretentious" and "obnoxious" (Variety), and warning, "No one who sees the last half-hour of this movie will ever forget it - though quite a few may want to." (Los Angeles Times).

Clawing at the upper classes for their affluence and air of superiority, Yuzna presents middle class California as a slick veneer covering up something sick and rotten - and our protagonist, privileged but out of place teen Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock), is about to find out just what that is. Having never felt quite like he fits in with his family's social class, Bill attends his sister's coming out party only to open the door to the true, grotesque face of society around him. Open the door if you dare.

With an introduction by Sophie Mair, Genre Writer.

Screening in The Videodrome at 20th Century Flicks video shop, 19 Christmas Steps.