Society (1989) - A Review By Melissa Antoinette Garza

I know Billy Warlock because of his portrayal of Frankie Brady on the soap opera DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the late 80s and early 90s. He was great! If I remember correctly, he was good friends with Patch and Kayla, one of the greatest super couples of all time. God, I miss good soap operas!

I didn’t realize Warlock starred in the cult classic SOCIETY (1989). I had seen it before but was high at the time and didn’t make the connection. Still, it’s great to see that dude. He’s cool shit.

In this, Billy (Billy Warlock) is a nice and very horny gent who is burdened with a half-mullet and a messed-up family that is really a different species of sex crazed, melting weirdos. Billy is the only human among them.

Amidst the chaos, he still scores and captures the attention of multiple fems. Admittedly, I can’t stand one of the gals. His girlfriend Shauna (Heidi Kozak) is as horrible as her stonewashed denim dress. I know it was the 80s. I lived thru the 80s, but that look was awful! She rocks a pink bikini though so I give her credit there. Still, she’s a bitch! She pressures Billy to get her into parties they’re not invited to. She is shrill, obnoxious and the typical 80s bottle-blonde asshole.

His other gal is a different story. Clarissa (Devin DeVasquez) is just all sorts of gorgeous. She’s a fem goddess ready to play albeit also of the same species as Billy’s family. She takes to Billy despite his hair and the two have a scorching hot evening which leads Shauna to break up with him. That’s just another reason to love Clarissa because Shauna is annoying and useless.

As Billy becomes more and more suspicious of his family and unnerved by their actions and reactions, Clarissa steps up to the plate. She watches out for him and the two actually have some cute scenes together. I’m a romantic so her holding his head in her lap while he sleeps is something that speaks to the nurturing fem in me. Melting weirdo with body parts that rearrange or not, she’s my kind of gal. She’s just a sexy version of Mrs. Potato Head where you can put her pieces all in different places. If you can get beyond the amount of lube her species generates, sex would never get boring with her.

I also really like Billy’s best friend Milo (Evan Andrews). He plays a few pranks and does a few douchebag things to get back at Billy but when the chips are down, he comes through. The actor, Evan Andrews, portrayed my favorite character in the flick ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL FOREVER (1991) which is one of my many guilty pleasures. When I was 11, I had a crush on the lead, Corey Feldman. I’m not proud of that fact. I’m actually quite embarrassed by it, but I still dig the movie. The original with the Ramones is a classic and far better, but the sequel isn’t as bad as everyone says. Andrews definitely makes the movie worth a watch, and he delivers in SOCIETY, too. Kudos on his acting chops.

When Billy escapes after being drugged by all these society, nutter-butter, fucks, it is Milo and Clarissa who are on his side. Clarissa even tries to reason with him and begs him not to return home.

While watching I have to keep reminding myself that Billy is supposed to be a 17-year-old kid, because some of his choices are so stupid. Even Milo has better reasoning and self-preservation skills. Nonetheless, Billy is still very likable and the society is a bunch of creepy, rich, gross motherfuckers. I’m all for sextastic orgies, but not with those inbred, elitist, gooey, gross things.

I really love this movie. I find much enjoyment in good conspiracy theories. I may not believe in most of them, but I think they’re incredibly fun. To me, this conjured the same excitement I get when I read David Icke’s banana-pants crazy stories about reptoid experiences within the illuminati. Sure, it’s fucked up, but I have a soft spot for fucked up shit.

In the end, SOCIETY is a wonderful mixture of KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTERSPACE (1988), SATANIC PANIC (2019), EYES WIDE SHUT (1999) and PARENTS (1989). Some people may think it’s too over-the-top and won’t be entertained by the eccentricities and lunacy on the screen. Unless you’re a fan of the odd, it’s probably not your cup of tea. That said, if you’re reading this, you probably dig odd.

Rating: 7.5/10

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