There's a movie that has been making the rounds on all the cable channels for the last several months called "Funny Games", starring Naomi Watts and Tim Roth and is truly the most terrifying movie I have ever seen. It made me sick to the point of wishing I could throw up... with a real life kind of terror. I've never liked watching anything that makes my heart pound like there's a small elephant jumping up and down on it and gives me that horrible gut-wrenching feeling of impending doom.
This 2007 film is directed by Michael Haneke and is actually the remake of a film he'd made in 1997 that was not a big hit, of the same name. Admittedly, Haneke is what the industry considers a brilliant director, otherwise I would have never been drawn into this movie in the first place. It took me a total of 6 times before I could watch it through to the end. Even then, I had to DVR it so I could speed through parts I couldn't handle emotionally.
While Haneke may be trying to convey the message to us that we are not safe anywhere (and that means anywhere), he also manages to draw the viewer in to both the young family and the young psychopaths, allowing both points of view (like one of the young psychos talking into the camera asking the audience if they wanted to see more). It's truly the most disturbing and unsettling movie I've ever seen, or hope to see again. I had no idea that this director's interpretation of funny games was such a far cry from mine, which I believe, is what initially captures you. I saw it on the movie marquee, saw that Tim Roth and Naomi Watts were the starring roles and suddenly there I was. Like a little lamb being led to slaughter, I watched as the movie began to unfold and by the time I was slapped with the first of this family's horrors, I had to see the end.
One of the scariest aspects to the trailer is the amount of YouTube hits it's received. Apparently our society is becoming completely desensitized to violence. It's becoming the kind of society I'm not so sure I any longer want to live in. This is some deeply creepy stuff here people. I strongly urge parents of teens to use utmost caution. No sense filling young minds with this kind of violence while they're still young and seemingly innocent.
This movie just truly leaves your entire being raw from its violence, unlike run-of-the-mill Hollywood films of violence. There is no escape. There are no happy endings. There is also no sleep after you watch it either. I still get a sick feeling in my stomach when I even think about it. It's one of those movies that you honestly won't shake off anytime soon.
It taught me a very valuable lesson though. Read what a movie is about before you decide to watch it while trying to go to sleep. This movie gripped me to my inner core and I was deprived of revenge or redemption, as well as several nights of sleep....
You really don't want to go there. Just my honest opinion....