Society (1989)

Director: Brian Yuzna

Writer: Rick Fry, Woody Keith (Screenplay)

Starring: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, ben Meyerson, Charles Lucia

 

Plot: An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.


Tagline – It is not what you think it is.

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Shock Filled Horror

 

Story: Society starts as high school student Bill Whitney (Warlock) has always had feelings of not fitting in with his family and soon he starts to believe something unusual is going on for the high society of the local area.

It only gets worse when students start going missing and the deeper Bill searches into the mystery the darker the truth is as it ends up becoming one of the most shocking truths about a cult his family is part of.

 

Thoughts on Society

 

Characters – Billy is the high school student that is starting to question what the truth is about his family, but the more he investigates the dark the truth actually is. He does have a bright future if he does just follow the trends but once he questions things this future is almost gone. Clarissa is a seductive fellow student that does seem to know what is going on but understand Billy needs to be on the right path to survive the next step. Milo is the best friend that helps Billy learn the truth.

PerformancesBill Warlock is good in this leading role where he doesn’t understand what is going on, it was a role we saw a lot in the late 80s for the high school guys. Devin DeVasquez is good too as we see the seductive character come through. The higher society performances are good because you understand how they will be looking down on everyone.

StoryThe story follows a teenager not believing he is fitting in, but the spin comes from the complete truth to what he isn’t part off. The story does tackle the idea of searching for the truth but also takes on the idea of high society believing they are better than other people. This could be looking deeper into the meaning but still we are left in shock with the truth about everything.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy from this film comes from the darker side of how high society believes they are to others, so much so that they are a different species. The horror comes from the gore and effects used in the final scene of the movie which brings us complete and utter shock.

SettingsThe films settings get to show us the different class of people we will be dealing with, where we see the higher society side of things compared to the everyday people.

Special EffectsThe practical effects used here are fantastic to create the final act of the movie which is one you definitely won’t be forgetting any time soon.


Scene of the Movie –
Orgy

That Moment That Annoyed Me I feel we needed an opening reason for Billy to question his position in the family.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most shocking body horror movies of all time, it shows us just how the different classes could have a divide that is could be a different species.

 

Overall: One of the body horror fans.

Rating

 

 

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Return of the Living Dead III (1993)

logoDirector: Brian Yuzna

Writer: John Penney (Screenplay)

Starring: Kent McCord, James T Callahan, Sarah Douglas, Melinda Clarke, Abigail Lenz, J. Trevor Edmond, Jill Andre, Michael Decker, Billy Kane, Basil Wallace

 

Plot: Having recently witnessed the horrific results of a top secret project to bring the dead back to life, a distraught youth performs the operation on his girlfriend after she’s killed in a motorcycle accident.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Watch Drunk and Its Fun

 

Story: Return of the Living Dead III starts with Colonel Reynolds (McCord) Colonel Peck (Callahan) and Colonel Sinclair (Douglas) talking about previous ways the government have tried to use the bioweapon. Next we meet Curt Reynolds (Edmond) and his girlfriend Julie (Clarke) who want to go into the facility to find out what has been getting experimented on there.

As the young couple break into the base with ease they start discovering the secrets of the government facility and what they thought was just animal testing becomes a horrific reality for them. As most experiments not everything goes to plan and the infection starts to spread about the base.  When Curt’s father gets reassigned because of the failed experiment Curt decides to stand up to him and leave. Curt being a reckless teenager ends up getting Julie killed. Curt madly in love decides to take Julie’s body back to the base to try and bring her back from the dead, seriously how could this go wrong? Curt manages to bring Julie back to life but she is different now and the bioweapon has been released in the facility. Curt and Julie end up on the run from the government while Julie starts to turn into bloodthirsty.

Return of the Living Dead III is the third part of the zombie filled franchise that always like to focus on the brutality of the kills as well as the make-up used on the zombie creations. The story is very thin and we focus on the idea the government has been experimenting yet again, but the second side of the story shows how naïve people will do anything for love. I do think you will spend time shouting ‘idiots’ at the couple. This is what you expect from it, a chapter three of a tiring franchise that can easily be missed. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Melinda Clarke: Julie Walker is the rebellious girl who wants to learn about a potential animal testing facility with her boyfriend Curt. What they discover is shocking but after she dies Curt brings her back to life with a new lust for blood. Melinda does a solid job and has to go through a lot during the film. (6/10)

 

J Trevor Edmond: Curt Reynolds is the son of one of the generals involved with the testing facility as he takes his girlfriend into sees what they are doing. After his girlfriend dies in an accident Curt decides to bring her back to life like they had seen in the facility leading to them having to go on the run. J Trevor does a solid job but his characters decisions will annoy you. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: Return of the Living Dead III has generic supporting characters, we have the Colonel’s trying to cover up the mistakes, and we also have the generic gangsters who think they are harder than they actually are. You put these into the film you get the supporting cast you need.

 

Director Review: Brian Yuzna – Brian does a solid job here but let’s face it, as long as the blood flows these films will be happy. (6/10)

 

Horror: Return of the Living Dead III is filled with blood and gore from start to finish, perfect for the horror genre. (9/10)

Settings: Return of the Living Dead III uses generic settings that make you know the type of characters you will be dealing with. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Return of the Living Dead III uses great effects for the zombie creations. (9/10)

Suggestion: Return of the Living Dead III is one for the horror fans to try especially if you like gore. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Special Effects.

Worst Part: Supporting acting.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two more sequels.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $2 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Back from the dead and hungry for more.

 

Overall: This feels like its own experiment on how far the zombie genre could go with the effects, but not the acting.

Rating 50

The Dentist (1996)

logoDirector: Brian Yuzna

Writer: Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon, Charles Finch (Screenplay)

Starring: Corbin Bernsen, Linda Hoffman, Michael Stadvec, Ken Foree, Tony Noakes, Molly Hagen, Patty Toy, Jan Hoag, Mark Ruffalo, Virginya Keehne, Earl Boen, Christa Sauls

 

Story: Doctor Alan Feinstone (Bernsen) is a successful dentist with a very successful practise, beautiful wife Brook (Hoffman) and seemingly perfect life. Things start to come crumbling down in his life after he finds out his wife is cheating on him with the pool guy Matt (Stadvec). Alan starts living each day with a mix of fantasy and revenged filled day dreams

 

Wife & Pool Boy

Wife & Pool Boy

Verdict: A twisted tale of how someone we have to trust can turn out to be the person we must fear the most.

Story: A seriously well assembled story that pushes limits to a character who just wants a normal life before finally breaking after realising that he cannot have it anymore. Alan reaction to what is happening is terrifying and carries the story.  (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Corbin Bernsen – The dentist who has been pushed to too many limits for his own good. This is a brilliant performance from Corbin who single handle carries this film to a new level a more average performance would have left it in. Star Performance Award, Scariest Character Award (10/10)

 dentist

Actor Review: Ken Foree – Cop trying to figure out if it was a burglar who killed and dog before learning the truth. Routine cop performance who doesn’t know what is going on until too late. (7/10)

 cop

Actor Review: Linda Hoffman – The cheating wife who pushes Alan over the edge. Average performance as an un-loyal wife, does have some shocking torture scenes. (8/10)

 

Director Review:  Brian Yuzna – Does a good job creating a terrifying scenario with such a limited budget, prove you don’t need a mega budget to make something scary. (9/10)

 

Horror: being put in that position where you are meant to feel safe but end up being in danger can be one of the most terrifying things in life, this does this very well. (9/10)

Thriller: Sitting and waiting to see who will be his next victim and what will the dentist do to them. (8/10)

Believability: It is scary that this could happen; it doesn’t go on over time so one day a dentist could snap and do this. (8/10)

Chances Of Tears: NO (0/10)

Settings: Is meant to be a safe zone turned into a horrifying because of the Dentist actions. Turning a safe place into something scary adds something to all horrors so this is a great setting. (9/10)
Oscar Chances
: No

Chances of Sequel: There is a sequel.

Suggestion: I am always up for suggesting a smaller horror film that people may have missed. This will be one I suggest as it will satisfy enough fans of horror to get the recognition it deserves. If you have a fear of the dentist DO NOT WATCH. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Bernsen performance.

Worst Part: Would have been nice to see how the dentist acted before he broke.

 

Overall: Terrifying story that will make you question going back to the dentist again

Rating 82%