YMMV / Cecil B. Demented

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Has Honey really come down with a case of Stockholm Syndrome, or is she just pretending so that she can get out of there alive?
  • Crazy Awesome: Cecil and all the Sprocket Holes qualify, but Raven, especially, who escapes in the end by hiding in the back of a hearse.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: At one point, Cherish tells Honey, "When I was ten years old, my entire family fucked me under the Christmas tree!" Even by John Waters standards, this is a doozy.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome/Crowning Moment of Funny: Where to begin...
    • The opening scene with the Sprocket Holes kidnapping Honey Whitlock and causing a riot in the process.
      • Raven randomly punching that guy out.
    • The porn theater viewers helping Cecil, Honey, and Co. escape by keeping Teamsters at bay by...well, being perverts.
    • The entirety of the film's climax.
      Cecil: Principal photography has been completed!
      Cherish: We can fuck now?
      Cecil: From here to Timbuktu!
  • Evil Is Sexy: Oh God, Raven!
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The scene where Cecil and his Sprocket Holes shoot people in a movie theater while kidnapping Honey Whitlock might of been funny back then, but after the shootings at an Aurora theater showing The Dark Knight Rises, not so much.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The actor who plays Petie will be playing a certain villain (not Lex Luthor) in the next Superman movie. At one point in the movie's climax, we actually see a guy, well...
  • Magnificent Bastard: Cecil himself.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The title for the film came from the nickname given to John Waters by the headline of an interview; the plot idea came from an incident where Film Threat Magazine told its readers to attack the readers of Premier Magazine...and some of those readers actually did.
    • To a lesser extent, the kidnapping of Honey and her eventual siding with her captors, is similar to that of Patty Hearst's own kidnapping ordeal; Hearst herself appeared in this film (as Fidget's mother) and has appeared in every one of John Waters' other films after Cry-Baby.
    • Also, Honey setting her hair on fire was inspired by something Waters asked Mink Stole to do while filming Pink Flamingos (which she refused to do).