Trailer Terrors: Society (1992)

Society (a modern day Grand Guignol if ever I saw one) is a satirically grandiose statement on the struggle between aristocracy and common society. It's also a pretty damn weird film.

Directed by Brian Yuzna in 1989 (according to Wikipedia), the film wasn't officially released until 1992 and marks his directorial debut. Now, as any self-respecting horror fan worth their weight in disemboweled organs will tell you, Yuzna is one of the driving creative forces behind Stuart Gordon's H.P. Lovecraft inspired films like The Re-Animator, From Beyond, Bride of Re-Animator and Return of the Living Dead 3 to name but a few.

As a debut film, Society seems to have drawn from Yuzna's work on the films that came before it, most notably Re-Animator and From Beyond which he both produced. In particular there's a certain fascination that is shared amongst the films that is comparable to the cinematic language of David Cronenberg's body horror genre. While the plot teeters more on a slow, psychological kind of horror the special effects by Screaming Made George are truly the star of the show with an ending crescendo that aspires to rival Rob Bottin's work on The Thing (1981).


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