Society (1989)

There’s no country in the world where Society means more than here in the UK, and no era in living memory when it has been more painfully relevant – it even opens with a rewrite of the Eton Boating Song. This is a story of how the aristocratic rich don’t just suck the poor dry economically, spiritually and politically, but physically too. The tone may be slick – there are times when it feels like The OC with added goop – but the intention is deadly serious, and first-timer Yuzna’s slow reveal of information is wonderfully sly and subversive. Then there’s that epic finale, still one of the most shocking in cinema, a kind of La Grand Bouffe for SFX nerds with added fart gags and death-by-fisting. The make-up technician was called Screaming Mad George. Says it all, really. TH
Dir Brian Yuzna (Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez)

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