'Funny Games': The online game

Pitt_lHey, kids, who wants to emulate the torturers in Funny Games and inflict (virtual) mayhem on your nearest and dearest? Now you can, thanks to this Web widget that allows you to send personalized threatening videos and phone calls from the movie’s villains (Michael Pitt, pictured, and Brady Corbet) to your friends and neighbors.

Yeah, i know, making the viewer feel a queasy, voyeuristic complicity with the captors is the point of the movie in the first place, but does this funny game go too far, or am I being unusually squeamish? After all, you may have been willing to pay good money to feel browbeaten by the movie, but the unsuspecting naifs at the other end of your e-mail have not.

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  • wildecat

    This is sick. I saw a few reviews of this movie online today and was intrigued by all the controversy. I knew I wouldn’t go see it (not my cup of tea), so I read about the original on Wikipedia. Boy, do regret that now. All I can say is, anyone who thinks it would be “fun” to act like those amoral psychos in that movie is sick, sick, sick and not someone I would ever want near me, my family, my neighborhood, etc… This “promo” is just so incredibly distubing to me.

  • Trina

    Its just a movie wildecat. Remember that. Theyll make anything into films these days.

  • donner

    I, too, read the Wiki about this movie, after the Sundance review the EW reporter gave (and her horror at watching the movie)…I have NO interest in this thing, but I will be curious to see if it blows up on the talk show/news chat circuit or if it’ll just be brushed off as another dumb movie…I only hope any quasi-psychos out there that go see it don’t try to emulate it in their own neighborhood…

  • Stephanie T.

    I just borrowed the original German version from my local library. I heard that it’s better than the new one even if it’s the same director.

  • Anonymous

    i have no idea what this movie is about, but i just had to say…it’s Henry! remember, the football player dude that Jen dated for a little bit on Dawson’s Creek.

  • nsta97

    The whole idea behind this is so disturbing. I hope they don’t hype it up to a point where there are copycats. I saw the trailer and could not sleep for days.

  • nsta97

    The whole idea behind this is so disturbing. I hope they don’t hype it up to a point where there are copycats. I saw the trailer and could not sleep for days.

  • Marcus

    I have not seen the US version, but the German version is train wreck viewing of the highest order. I saw it on cable years ago and it is one of the most memerable movies I have ever seen. My wife is still scared by her viewing. I recommend it highly. As for all those expressing their concerns about the movie, copycats, etc…grow up.

  • Jon

    Do a little research on this before you say it’s only for psychos. No violence is displayed on screen by the villians, as the director is making a statement against violence and nudity in film that audiences are attracted to. While it is extremely tense and draining, everything is done in a tasteful manner (considering the subject manner). It’s really a smart film, opposed to other films dealing with torture (uhm…hmm…Saw franchise).

  • wildecat

    Jon, I didn’t say that movie was for psychos, I said the murderers were obviously psychos, meaning they are psychopathic characters (as defined by Webster’s as “a person whose behavior is largely amoral and asocial and who is characterized by irresponsibility, lack of remorse or shame, perverse or impulsive (often criminal) behavior, and other serious personality defects” — so there’s my research for ya). What I find disturbing about the promo is that it’s point is to encourage people to emulate those psychotic behaviors for “fun!” And I’m sorry, but I find nothing “tasteful” about terrorizing, torture and murder, even if the actual blood-letting happens to be off-screen.

  • Sarah

    Well I actually tried the thing and I must truly say that it was quite disturbing but yet I found myself laughing…it’s ridiculous. They actually say your name in it, it was so eerie. I also wikied it and I’m not sure if I’m going to see it yet, especially now that I know what happens.

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  • tower defense

    No violence is displayed on screen by the villians, as the director is making a statement against violence and nudity in film that audiences are attracted to. While it is extremely tense and draining, everything is done in a tasteful manner.

  • tower defense

    No violence is displayed on screen by the villians, as the director is making a statement against violence and nudity in film that audiences are attracted to. While it is extremely tense and draining, everything is done in a tasteful manner.

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