YMMV / Atmosfear

  • Best Level Ever: Of a sort. Sometimes in the final three minutes of the DVD game, the Gatekeeper will decide that the players are such losers that, on his mark, he will let everyone take all the keys they want, no strings attached. What follows can be one of the most hilarious, chaotic, and satisfying finales to a board game you'll ever play.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • The Background Music is arguably the scariest part of the games.
    • Baron Samedi's music video, "Thrill Me". Yo, Baron, we can dig it!
      • Spoony used the song as theme to this entire Black Hole of Board Games series.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Baron Samedi is likely as well-remembered as the Gatekeeper himself, as he figures prominently into the advertising for the game, shows up in the "how to play" section of the Harbingers video and has his own music video, "Thrill Me".
    • The Soul Rangers in The Harbingers were so popular that they got their own Spin-Off. Ironically they were created as another way to punish the players, but in further irony they may have ended up infusing the spirit of the game in a way never intended: when the host gleefully insulting and screwing over the players is a way of life, a style centered around antagonizing other players has a certain mean-spirited appeal.
  • Even Better Sequel: The Harbingers, which featured the return of the original Gatekeeper and more developed game mechanics, and Atmosfear: The Gatekeeper, which brought the series into the DVD era and featured randomized games, allowing for much greater replay value.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Anne Chantraine and Bathory start out as this... but later on...
    • What's even weirder is that Bathory will still act like she's Ms. Fanservice, even when she starts looking like something Clive Barker doodled on a napkin.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    Baron Samedi: Come on, babe, THRILL ME!!
    Players: Yo, Baron, I can dig it!
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Near the end of the original game, The Gatekeeper suddenly tells everyone he wants "to play with the young one again".
    • When Baron Samedi's in charge, halfway through he starts calling the youngest player his "main squeeze".
  • Most Annoying Sound: Dr. Mastiff's "Don't froth me up, cuz I's TWISTED!" quote, due to him feeling the need to say it almost everytime he shows up.
  • Narm:
    • One of the cards in Nightmare IV has the player kill a vampire... with cold, running water. What.
    • In the Harbingers rule section of the VHS, Baron Samedi dramatically strangles the transformed Elizabeth Bathory for what seems like several minutes, while the rest of the Harbingers/Soul Rangers keep playing and Elizabeth's wings pitifully flap up and down.
    • The Soul Rangers. Mastiff's almost always on-screen in a bunch of goofy video effects, so his popping up and messing with you doesn't have the same impact that The Gatekeeper and the other hosts did. Also, when he does give you commands, he just spouts off a bunch of dumb catchphrases.
    • "I love scum. It tastes so good... YOU SCUM-SUCKING MAGGOTS!!"
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The original game and its expansions lost a lot of cachet over the years because the interactive VHS game was quickly superceded by DVD, which allowed much greater interactivity and choice for the players (and likely motivated the decision for the 2004 relaunch to be released as a DVD board game).
  • Special Effect Failure: Whereas the original game and its expansions relied heavily on makeup transitions to sell the effect of the hosts transforming, the 2004 relaunch has the Gatekeeper sporting a fake-looking rubber mask.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The "Thrill Me" song cribs some of its lyrics from the song "Gimme Dat Ding".