* AudienceAlienatingPremise: The entire film is essentially an insult to people who like to watch these kind of films.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Paul [[spoiler: taking the remote and rewinding the movie itself after Peter gets killed.]] Paul ''does'' break the fourth wall a few times before, but it still comes completely out of nowhere and makes no sense in an otherwise realistic movie.
* BileFascination: People who hate the film and its arguments have spent a lot of effort to refute it.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Yes, it's a DiabolusExMachina, but [[spoiler:[[BreakingTheFourthWall using the remote to rewind the film]] was really funny]].
** Paul and "Fatty"'s banter has its moments as well. They're pretty much a ''boke-tsukkomi'' pair (with murder).
* CultClassic: Both the original and remake have developed followings since their theatrical releases.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The dictates of the message demand that the story end badly, so once you see where it's going, there's no reason to watch the rest.
* EvilIsSexy: Paul in both versions is a handsome young man.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Reception of the film falls in two camps: "completely brilliant" and "utterly unwatchable". Sometimes both, but never a middle-ground. The fact that it was remade for American audiences didn't do much to help matters, and only seemed to increase Haneke's detractors' image of him as a humorless hypocrite and troll.
* {{Narm}}: The film's opening features the family pleasantly driving to their lake house smiling and laughing...[[SoundtrackDissonance with loud death metal music in the background]]. It's probably supposed to convey...something, but it just ends up looking ridiculous.
* {{Padding}}: Lots of it, but in particular, a ten minute scene where we see Anne [[spoiler: emotionally reacts to the situation and mourns over the recent murder of her son.]]
* ParanoiaFuel: Those nice, seemingly harmless young men who have just come over asking to borrow some eggs? They're a pair of sadistic serial killers who intend to MindRape you and your whole family before killing you. TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse indeed.
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