Essay on The Violence Of The Films Funny Games And Cannibal Holocaust

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The violence of the films Funny Games and Cannibal Holocaust is perpetrated by human beings. In Funny Games, cruelty is dealt with a heavy but nonchalant hand by highly creepy, unnaturally polite and detached young men who repeatedly call out the audience on their nature and motivations. By asking the audience if we are sated, our thin immersion within the film is broken and we find ourselves suddenly disconnected and forced into introspection. Why are we watching this? Is this entertaining? Even though Cannibal Holocaust turned the perpetrators of violence into something that was superficially and customarily separate from “us” --the victims, and the audience--the same fear of our fellow man was created. No matter how “other” the tribal peoples were, they were human beings and therefore the horror instilled in viewers was that same horror and introspective confusion created by viewing Funny Games. Like Cannibal Holocaust, Funny Games calls to our attention the human capacity for needless cruelty but it also forces us to examine how we filter and select media. The psychology of a human capable of disregarding the autonomy of other human beings and turning them, and their fates, into playthings is far more terrifying than blood and gore--yet we actively seek out such depictions for their “entertainment” value.

In Michael Haneke 's Funny Games, two young men in white hold an affluent family of three hostage at their rural lakefront summer house. The annoyingly polite…

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