This review is a bit spoiler heavy so please read at your own discretion..
If you are a fan of aggravating home invasion movies then I submit to you Funny Games, a German film in which we bear witness to a pair of affluent teenagers physically and psychologically torturing a married couple and their child. Paul, the decision maker and more sadistic of the two is as smug as he is cruel, while you get the sense that Peter is bullied along for the ride. Throughout the entire film I wanted to reach through the television set and strangle Paul with my bare hands, especially as he repeatedly broke the fourth wall by talking and making bets with the audience.More distressing is the Pipe in the Ass Factor: Zero Pipe!!! It is particularly frustrating because it otherwise is such a taut and well directed movie. There is hardly a trace of blood or gore to be seen and yet when the violence is set up properly and then left to your own imagination, it can sometimes be that much more unsettling.
Director Michael Haneke claims he “wanted to make a message about violence in the media by making an incredibly violent, but otherwise pointless movie.” You can argue that he made some sort of statement on how society has become desensitized to violence but the resulting product is a downright miserable affair for the viewer.Even though Funny Games sent me to bed angry, I have to commend it for its influence on the slew of home invasion flicks that became trendy in the mid 00’s, most notably The Strangers. However, the least enjoyable horror movies are those, like Funny Games, that are simultaneously disturbing, highly effective and deeply unsatisfying.