'Funny Games': The online game
Hey, kids, who wants to emulate the torturers in Funny Games and inflict (virtual) mayhem on your nearest and dearest? Now you can, thanks to this Web widget that allows you to send personalized threatening videos and phone calls from the movie’s villains (Michael Pitt, pictured, and Brady Corbet) to your friends and neighbors.
Yeah, i know, making the viewer feel a queasy, voyeuristic complicity with the captors is the point of the movie in the first place, but does this funny game go too far, or am I being unusually squeamish? After all, you may have been willing to pay good money to feel browbeaten by the movie, but the unsuspecting naifs at the other end of your e-mail have not.