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We explore the 2007 remake of “Funny Games” — a complex work of existential nihilism that confronts our desensitized thirst for violence.

Funny Games

On this episode of The Final Girl on 6th Ave, host Carolyn Smith-Hilmmer takes a deep dive into the shot-for-shot American remake of Michael Haneke’s German home invasion horror that brilliantly challenges the idea of “Hollywood morals” and the audience’s complicity in acts of violence. – Stephanie (Editor-in-Chief)

SHOW NOTES FROM HOST CAROLYN SMITH-HILLMER:

Have you ever heard of a director remaking one of their own movies shot-for-shot? Well, now you can say that you have. Michael Haneke has written and directed FUNNY GAMES twice – once in 1997 and again in 2007. Let’s take a swim in the pool of Michael Haneke’s genius by dissecting FUNNY GAMES (2007), which gives metacinema a whole new meaning.

SOURCES

IMDB: https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0808279/

Metacinema: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metacinema

Information on Michael Haneke’s films: “Michael Haneke (Contemporary Film Directors)” by Peter Brunette

Film essay on Michael Haneke: https://youtu.be/DcGFBa8fFdI?si=Cyl1ejBE3WyJOW5Q

ABOUT THE SHOW:

The Final Girl on 6th Ave is a weekly show where host, Carolyn Smith-Hillmer, dissects an arthouse/elevated horror film. Each episode includes a detailed play-by-play of the film itself and a subsequent deep dive into the thematic elements and symbolism. Because elevated horror is sometimes viewed within the horror community as pretentious, Carolyn makes sure to use her down-to-earth tone and unique perspective to make these films less intimidating for the casual horror viewer and less ostentatious for the genre lover.

Listen to more episodes on the show’s website here

 

 

 

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