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Funny Games (1997)

Austria 109m, Colour
Director: Michael Haneke; Cast: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch, Frank Giering, Stefan Clapczynski

funny-gamesA dreadfully dark film about two sadistic young men who torture and kill a wealthy family that they hold hostage. This is a horrific feature that plays with conventions of voyeurism and violence in horror movies and demands the audience’s participation. The result is an excruciating viewing experience which suggests that this type of pointless violence, that is often portrayed in recent “horror” films, is not, and should not, be an entertaining experience (Klaus Ming November 2015).

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3 comments on “Funny Games (1997)

  1. Chris, a librarian
    11/26/2015

    This should have come with the rating “hard to watch.” Haneke’s English language remake was apparently almost identical to the original, but I didn’t want to go through that viewing experience again!

    • Klaus
      11/26/2015

      Agreed! I put this one off for a long time. I had actually started watching it on a couple of occasions and had to turn it off each time. Needless to say, i won’t be watching again.

  2. Eric Binford
    11/13/2016

    Strangely enough, the remake, which is almost identical, doesn’t really work. It’s like Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake — same script, same camera angles, yet it is nothing like the original.

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