History YMMV / TheElephantMan

27th Feb '17 3:54:20 PM GothicProphet
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* TheWoobie: John could hardly be more so.

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* TheWoobie: John could hardly be more so.so.
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7th Jan '17 5:50:04 PM DoctorCooper
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Oh God yes.

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* %%* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Oh God yes.
30th Dec '16 12:50:31 AM creader
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* HumansAreBastards / RousseauWasRight: Both in the same scene at times.



* NightmareFuel: Though Merrick is the "freak", what the "normal" people do to him is a mix of TearJerker with pure horror.

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* NightmareFuel: NightmareFuel:
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Though Merrick is the "freak", what the "normal" people do to him is a mix of TearJerker with pure horror.



* TearJerker:
** The final scene of the movie. [[spoiler: Merrick had just had the best day of his life after being invited to an Opera by a beautiful woman who seemed to care about him, and given a ''standing ovation'' by the audience when pointed to as a member of note. He goes to his bed and discards the huge amount of pillows that he needs to use to keep from dying in his sleep, gets down to the last one, looks at a painting of a man sleeping "normally" in his room, and... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GajDw1NSFuw just watch the damn thing]], it's too moving to convey right in print.]]
** Treves confirming that Merrick's condition is incurable, which he'd held off asking about from fear that this would be the case.
** Treves realizing he exploited Merrick toward his own ends.
** An in-universe example: when Dr. Treves sees Merrick for the first time, he is so overcome by his deformity that he stares, face frozen, and lets a single tear roll down his face.
1st Apr '16 11:01:41 AM Morgenthaler
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** Receiving 7 nominations in other categories, but winning none of them.
*** Given that it was competing with ''RagingBull'', it's hard to really call this a snub. Though many would argue that ''Raging Bull'' was snubbed as well.
24th Jan '16 8:15:18 AM wittylibrarian
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* HumansAreBastards / RousseauWasRight: Both in the same scene at times.


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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Oh God yes.
5th Sep '15 6:43:45 PM Fireblood
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* AwardSnub: At the time, Best Makeup at the Oscars was a "Special Citation" award that was given out twice [[note]]For ''7 Faces of Dr. Lao'' and ''Planet of the Apes''[[/note]] So, this film's failure to get the citation was seen as a snub. The resulting controversy was the instigator for the establishment of the Best Makeup Oscar the following year.

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* AwardSnub: At the time, Best Makeup at the Oscars was a "Special Citation" award that was given out twice twice.[[note]]For ''7 Faces of Dr. Lao'' and ''Planet of the Apes''[[/note]] So, this film's failure to get the citation was seen as a snub. The resulting controversy was the instigator for the establishment of the Best Makeup Oscar the following year.
6th Jun '15 10:47:25 AM NWolfman
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* AwesomeMusic: John Morris's mournful score, equal parts CreepyCircusMusic and TearJerker
11th Apr '15 7:02:53 PM NWolfman
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** An in-universe example: when Dr. Treeves sees Merrick for the first time, he is so overcome by his deformity that he stares, face frozen, and lets a single tear roll down his face.

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** An in-universe example: when Dr. Treeves Treves sees Merrick for the first time, he is so overcome by his deformity that he stares, face frozen, and lets a single tear roll down his face.
11th Apr '15 7:02:30 PM NWolfman
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** An in-universe example: when Dr. Treeves sees Merrick for the first time, he is so overcome by his deformity that he stares, face frozen, and lets a single tear roll down his face.
11th Apr '15 7:00:37 PM NWolfman
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* HypeBacklash: The presentation of Merrick as InspirationallyDisadvantaged has not gone without criticism, especially since the real-life Merrick was perfectly happy with his side-show life, from which he earned a very handsome living.
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