Movies can have a serious impact on audience members. They can evoke so much emotion and be so engaging that they will leave you thinking about it for days after the credits roll. Some brilliant films have such a profound effect on the audience, that the majority of viewers will only watch it the one time. This could be because it is such an emotionally draining watch, it may hit a little too close to home, be too harrowing or too violent. Regardless of the reason, once is enough for these excellent and incredibly powerful films.
10. Funny Games (1997 & 2007)
There are not many films that are as cruel and punishing as Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, which is an Austrian film made in 1997 and remade shot for shot in English in 2007. The viewer will feel as victimized as the family by the time the credits roll, as the fourth wall is broken to drag the audience into this twisted story. After a very strange and unsettling scene where a young man comes to borrow some eggs, the family’s vacation home is invaded by two polite, well-spoken yet psychopathic young men who go on to play a cold-blooded, sadistic game with the family and viewers. It is an excellent film that pushes the medium, comments on the violence in the media, and brutally toys with the audience to create an unforgettable, unique and bold film. One watch is certainly enough for this stand out home invasion thriller.