Worth Watching - Dec 6: Insane Funny Games Red Band Trailer
by Alex Billington
December 6, 2007
There is a lot of buzz building for Funny Games, especially since it was announced in the midnight line-up at Sundance. The film is a remake of a German film of the exact same name from 1997 and is being directed by the exact same guy - Michael Haneke. It's a horror, thriller about two guys (Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet) who take a family (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) hostage and make them play games (to stay alive). Hopefully you've seen the first trailer, as it explains the concept, but I didn't realize how insane, brutal, and intense this actually is until now. I bet you'll probably sh*t your pants just watching these 2 minutes. You've been warned! This is an all out red band trailer!
I've heard from a few people that this movie is absolutely awesome. We're not talking about "good," we're talking about best horror / thriller of the year. Every time I hear more I end up getting a bit more excited, and then once I saw this trailer, my jaw dropped. I know I have to see it, but I'm pretty nervous - this looks insane!
Watch the red band trailer for Funny Games:
Funny Games is both written and directed by Michael Haneke, a German filmmaker who also directed the cult horror hit Caché. The film arrives in limited theaters on February 15th, 2008 after its debut at Sundance. The poster for the film is featured below.
Haneke is still an AUSTRIAN filmmaker, the original Funny Games therefore still an AUSTRIAN film.
HorseloverFat on Dec 6, 2007
That was uncomfortable...and of course I now want to see it!
Corey on Dec 6, 2007
The original film was a load of garbage. (those that said it was a social commentary on how we are de-sensitized to violence are idiots) This is a shot for shot remake of the film. Count me as one that will not waste my money.
Heckle on Dec 6, 2007
For such a big-name vehicle, i don't think a shot for shot remake is going to work on a considerably wider audience. I saw the original knowing the subtext, and that definitely shaped my tolerance level when it turned to the more surreal side of the film. Hopefully the performances will save it from being panned.
Ross on Dec 6, 2007
Trailers are meant to make you want to see a film, and this one works (for me at least). I don't know how smart it was to show one of the two villans of the movie getting blown away, but it's satisfying nonetheless. And can I say that the use of type in the poster is brilliant? Simple, and effective.
Phil on Dec 6, 2007
^ if you have seen the original, its a brilliant inclusion to have one of the villains getting shot...won't spoil it though!! Might just be worth a watch when this is out.
chris on Dec 7, 2007
Looks good, but saying you'll shit your pants in the first 2 minutes is an overstatement. It really wasnt all that scary.
ramez on Dec 7, 2007
Pass. Rent, maybe.
Sinner on Dec 7, 2007
'The original is one of the best films I've seen and cannot wait for a day off to see the remake. It's sad that he had to remake his own film due to the fact that so many Americans miss out on great films because they won't read subtitles. The fact that most of the violence is off screen makes it even more volatile. and yes it is a commentary on how we approach violence, we become a part of it (breaking the 4th wall, the scene with the remote), whether you agree with what his commentary is seeing he is still a worthy director. See Cache, Piano Teacher for more of a great director.
dustin on Mar 17, 2008
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