‘Funny Games’: A Closer Look

worldofcinemaIt’s no secret that horror information is everywhere — far more than you’re ever going to be able to sift through in one lifetime. That’s one of the reasons why I wrote The New Horror Handbook. And yes, I will talk anyone’s ear off about that publication (shoot me an email at asberman813 @ gmail.com).

But today I wanted to talk about something else. Part of being a member of the horror community is calling attention to cool things when we come across them. That’s why I wanted to give a shout out to The World of Cinema podcast, one I discovered recently while looking for some fresh voices about film.

In particular, I was really impressed with the treatment hosts Aaron and Justin gave to the two versions of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games.

The 1997 original and the 2007 remake both have their fair share of champions and haters, with good reasons on both sides. However, World of Cinema’s Episode 9 does an admirable job of dissecting both movies, and actually getting at the absurdity of some of the “monkey see, monkey do” arguments that swirl around the real-life effects of horror cinema on society.  These guys know their stuff, and have the enthusiasm to back it up.

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