->''"The brief, desperate vertigo one feels when watching an incoherent, obtuse, or overly complicated film, trying to piece together its various plot points, dangling storylines, and strange subtexts, while realizing that this is probably impossible. Followed immediately by the Putney Swope Surrender and the Putney Swope Acceptance."''
-->-- '''Official definition'''

A term coined by Matt Sloan (of ''WebVideo/ChadVader'' and so much more [[http://www.blamesociety.net/ Blame Society Productions]] fame) in his VideoReviewShow ''WebVideo/WelcomeToTheBasement''. The phrase first came into use in episode twenty-one, when he compares the feeling of panic that swept over him during the viewing of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tough_Guys_Don%27t_Dance_(film) Tough Guys Don't Dance]]'' to that of which he felt when they had watched the TropeNamer.

Compare MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext, MindScrew, TrueArtIsIncomprehensible and WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs

!!In-show examples:

* Well, obviously, first place goes to ''Film/PutneySwope'', the eponymous 1969... ''whatever it is''...
* Unsurprisingly, Creator/DavidLynch's ''Film/LostHighway''; true, while the term wasn't applied to the film orally, the movie poster was shown alongside the former and next example during Sloan's definition reading.
** It should also be noted, though, that Sloan uploaded a video a week after the release of the film's episode, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0038R4DBlw explaining his newfound interpretation of the movie]], which seems to hit the nail right on the head.
* Speaking of heads, with severed human ones ending up in a marijuana cache in the woods, actions like writing numbers in shaving cream on bathroom mirrors, and lines including, but not limited to, "Just wanna tickle my stick?", "I like ya' homegrown; puts feathers on my ass", "Mr. Regency and I make out five times a night... That's why I call him 'Mr. Five'!", and "You got... no... '''WOOOOOOOMB!'''", it's no wonder the term was invented for Creator/NormanMailer's "perfect storm of shit" (Sloan's words), ''Tough Guys Don't Dance''.
* The "strange, anonymous fear" Creator/WernerHerzog intended to inflict upon whoever managed to sit through the "goddamn mess" (again, a Sloan quote) that was ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Son,_My_Son,_What_Have_Ye_Done%3F My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?]]'' certainly was no stranger to the basement dwellers (although, as co-host Craig Johnson points out, with the birth of the term, the fear is given an identity).
* Both Matt and Craig consider the 2012 Cannes Film Festival entry ''[[http://holymotorsfilm.com/ Holy Motors]]'' to be an example of this trope, though they agree it is proof that this does not always hinder a movie.
* Likewise, the same episode reveals they have similar sentiments about ''Film/{{Primer}}''; they (understandably) found it be quite an exceedingly complicated piece of cinema, though still an enjoyable watch. In the words of Craig, "It's a puzzle that's missing pieces. It is maybe the most tightly-written movie ever; there's not one word in that movie that shouldn't be there, the problem is that there should be around a thousand more in that movie."
* Interestingly averted with ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masked_and_Anonymous Masked and Anonymous]]'', which was co-written by and stars the David Lynch of the music industry (well... second to the man himself) Music/BobDylan, as Matt believes that a film has to be at least somewhat briskly-paced to inflict it. He goes on to compare the syndrome to that of a rollercoaster, stating that "you're not gonna feel it" if there are no dips or turns, so to speak.
* Sheldon from ''Series/BigBangTheory'' had this reaction to the third Matrix movie.
!!Outside (and non-medium exclusive) ones:


[[folder: Fan Fics]]
* [[Literature/HarryPotter Potter]] [[FanFiction fan story]] ''[[ThirtyHs Thirty Hs]]'' fits this to a T, although whether this was the author's intention is debatable.
* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'': Just as Ebony "started to cry tears of blood down [her] pallid face" in chapter five, so does the entire fic bleed this trope.

* As you've surely gathered by now, pretty much [[Film/{{Eraserhead}} any]] [[Film/MulhollandDrive other]] [[Film/InlandEmpire project]] that Lynch has anything to do with.
* ''Film/{{Lunopolis}}'', a 2009 sci-fi {{Mockumentary}}, consists of one part standard, shaky FoundFootage of guys with cameras investigating creepy things, and two parts talking heads explaining a convoluted theory of time travel, the nature of an ancient conspiracy (from the future!), and the New Age theology of a ChurchOfHappyology [[spoiler: that just so happens to NOT be a fraud]].
* ''{{Film/Rubber}}'': A story about a sentient and murderous tire, framed by characters who are constantly breaking the fourth wall by viewing the film as it happens or trying to sabotage it. In the opening scene, one of the main characters states that things happen in films for "no reason" and that this film is dedicated to that concept.
* ''Film/TheCastleOfFuManchu'' will make you wonder if coherent storytelling even exists.

* ''{{Series/Lost}}'': The viewers ended up even more so than the survivors.
* Surprise, surprise, Lynch's ''Series/TwinPeaks''.

[[folder:Web Shorts]]
* ''FanFic/BartTheGeneral'', as well as a sister video produced from the same mind, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNy5m-BmhIE The Blue Family]]''. Its entry on ThisVeryWiki describes it as "a complete and utter MindScrew" that would make even Lynch "piss his pants"... [[http://www.snakzstock.com/ghxyk2/archive.html this is not an inaccurate statement]].
* ''Fanfic/HommerSimpson'' epitomizes this trope, possibly even more so than the previous example. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jh_IxUiW1I Judge for yourself.]]
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_HReR_McQ Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared]]'' and its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtkGtXtDlQA sequel]].