Benny’s Video (1992)

, Switzerland,
105m, 3025 metres
35mm film, colour, 1.66:1
mono, English

An Austrian/Swiss borderline horror film directed by Michael Haneke.

Plot Summary

Benny's obsession with violent videos spills over into real life when he murders a young girl and videos her death.


A film by Michael Haneke
Wega Film Wien/Bernard Lang AG Zürich © 1992
A Wega Filmproduktionsges.m.b.H and Bernard Lang AG co-production with support from Österreichischen Filmförderungsfond, Österreichischen Rundfunks (Film/Fernseh-Abkommen) and Weiner Filmförderungsfond (in partnership with Österreichischen Volksbanken AG) and Schweizerischen Departements des Inneren and Schweizer Fernsehens DRS
Producers: Veit Heiduschka, Bernard Lang
Script: Michael Haneke
Director of Photography: Christian Berger
Editor: Marie Homolkova
Sound and Mixing: Karl Schlifelner
Costumes: Erika Navas
Special Effects: Willi Neuner
Production Designer: Christoph Kanter

Arno Frisch (Benny)
Angela Winkler (mother)
Ulrich Mühe (father)
Ingrid Stassner (young girl)
Stephanie Brehme
Stefan Polasek
Christian Pundy
Max Berner
Hanspeter Müller
Shelley Kästner

Alternative Titles

Bennyn – Finnish title
El vídeo de Benny – Spanish title

Includes extracts from
Spitting Image (1984-1996)
The Toxic Avenger (1985)



  • epd Film vol.10 no.6 (June 1993) p.31 – review (by Dietrich Kuhlbrodt)
  • Première May 1993 p.20 – review (Alain Bouzy)


  • Svenska Dagbladet 16 April 1993 – review (Tonårig psykopat mest effektsökeri by Hans Schiller)