Enthusiasms #666: I AM THE DEVIL + SOCIETY

This very special Enthusiasms double-bill – moving from its regular disreputable home at the cinematic sex dungeon Curzon Soho to the dank and sordid underbelly of the Waterloo tunnels – packs a horrific one-two punch of exposure and exploitation: honey-traps, hallucinogens, CIA conspiracy-theories, slithering body-horror and Republican cannibalistic-orgies are the order of the day in the dark pulsating heart of Trump’s America. God help us all.

I AM THE DEVIL (Mike Harris, 2017) – 15 mins

Based on the true story of Operation Midnight Climax, a secret CIA program in which unsuspecting johns were lured by prostitutes and then subjected to non-consensual LSD testing, as well as psychological and physical torture in an effort to perfect mind control against the Soviets. Set in 1959, a few years into the program, I AM THE DEVIL tells the story of one such hapless test subject looking for a good time on a business trip in San Francisco, and the ensuing nightmare.

SOCIETY (Brian Yuzna, 1989) – 99 mins

It’s a matter of good breeding, really.

After producing Stuart Gordon s hit RE-ANIMATOR, Brian Yuzna (BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD III) turned his hand to directing with 1989’s SOCIETY, and gave birth to one of the ickiest, most original body-horror shockers of all time.

Teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) has always felt like the odd one out in his wealthy, upper-class Beverly Hills family. For some reason, he just doesn’t seem to fit in. But his sense of alienation takes a sinister turn when he hears an audio recording of his sister’s coming-out party, which seems to implicate his family and others in a bizarre, ritualistic orgy. And then there are the strange things he’s been seeing glimpses of people with their bodies contorted impossibly out of shape… Is Bill going mad or is there something seriously amiss in his neighborhood?

Packing stomach-churning gore and thought-provoking social commentary in equal measure, SOCIETY is a biting horror-satire which culminates in one of the most gag-inducing climaxes in all of cinematic history.

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2hr 00m
The Vaults
04 Feb 15:00
£11.50
18+
15:00
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