Society - DVD review
Horror (Tartan DVD retail)
Fifteen years after its release (which wasn’t until some years after its making) Brian Yuzna’s unheralded genre film still shows the capacity to both appall and challenge, standing beside John Carpenter’s They Live as one of the most explicit attacks on the American class system of its decade.
Even given the inevitable playboy bunnies disguised as support actors, there are that many subversions of our expectations of the genre that one is left as paranoid as the film’s hero. He’s Billy (Billy Warlock) who, as he reaches college age realises that the posh upper class culture that surrounds him isn’t all it seems. His friends, neighbours and even his family prove to be shape-shifting slug-like aliens who exist cannibalistically on those less fortunate, but more human. Rarely has the parasitic nature of the ruling orders been so exposed in this genre, and with Nick Benson’s latex-laced special effects, there’s a good deal to groan over. Not much in the way of extras, but just watch the movie. (Steve Cramer)