For most of the time, execution comes kind of clumsy and because of that, paranoid aspect that holds majority of the movie turns out uninspired and routine. It's partially redeemed with the final scene which is probably the only reason for reputation that this movie receives, and it's also a sole purpose for this being a must see for every body horror fan.
Would probably give it a 3.5 if I could, it's not exactly a 4 star movie, but I rounded up to increase the average rating. Starts out with the basic "are they paranoid or is there a conspiracy" Rosemary's Baby plot with some 80s high school tropes and incest, ends with a fantastic 20 minutes of body horror and on the nose class messages. Overly tongue in cheek B-horror humor bugs me but I can forgive it here.
Oh hell, I'm just gonna throw the five stars out there. I mean, the first half was ominously stale in parts, but when shit hit the fan... Wow... One of the most stomach churning horror movies I've seen. The cronenberg-esque visuals, hilarious 80s camp, and delicious satire of the rich and powerful is the winning combination here.
High school comedy meets Cronenberg meets Waters meets Dali meets Freud meets social critique meets camp meets body horror, and it ends in the greatest orgy in film history. Cheesy, weird, smart and great fun. You can't really say it's well made, but at this point, it doesn't really matter.
For the paranoid freethinker and the buttface enthusiast alike, Society is the substance of things groped for, a vision of embarrassing truth. It reminds me of a dream I'm still having. For those of us who were in high school in 1989, it's a viscous, veiny, flamboyantly hairy voyage down a dark memory tunnel, one lined with jets spraying nitrous oxide and suntan lotion. A giddy gutscape of the Cronenbergeoisie.
Una historia sobre las sociedades perversas, no solo mentales, sino más allá de esto. Yuzna en principio perfila a su protagonista como una víctima de la paranoia y la esquizofrenia, algo que promueve el interés. Muy a pesar esto al rato se diluye y pasa a ser un thriller detectivesco algo simple. Lo que queda es esperar cuál es ese secreto. Insisto, dejarlo en el plano psicológico era la clave del filme.
The idea had potential, but the movie overdoes it to death with all the "society" catchphrases throughout and all of the typically awful plot points of any "guy thinks he knows something, but no one believes him" kind of movie, removing any type of enjoyment on the ride to "find out" the obvious twist. The only worthy thing is how fucked up the ending gets and the Cronenbergish effects.