YMMV / Cry Baby Lane

  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: For Peter Lauer, the director at least. When he heard the film was getting immense hype and was being aired (as well as the immense internet freak out when a Reddit user confirmed she had the film recorded on cassette), he was actually flattered, finding it amazing a film he directed 11 years ago would get a roaring fanbase.
  • Hype Backlash: After years of being built up as something truly horrific thanks to various creepypastas, urban legends and recollections from people who watched it when it first aired, many were disappointed at what they considered to be something no scarier than your average episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? or Goosebumps.
  • Memetic Mutation: It's a supposed kid-teen horror film that, for the longest time, became a Missing Episode because it was apparently so scary that parents phoned in complaining about it. This thing is a Real Life, Truth in Television example of all the supposed 'movie / show that only aired once because it was so scary it caused horrible side effects' standard Creepypasta setups on the net. Naturally, it obtain many Creepy Pastas on the net about it. After finally getting to air again after an April Fools joke, and revealing to many that it was So Bad, It's Good , it quickly started to become a Discredited Meme.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • When the apparition of the evil twin starts scarfing down worms, it makes the most disgusting crunching/squishing sound...
    • Three words: Spider. From. Tongue.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Despite how dated the film is, the premise itself is unnerving and very disturbing to say the least.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The dated effects and it really only being as scary as a typical episode of Are You Afraid Of The Dark can be like this to some people.
    • Sure, the existence of Crybaby Lane shows that Missing Episode creepypasta involving some super scary thing that only aired once can and does exist. However, Reality Ensues when you realize that the chances of a kids network deliberately creating and airing something as your average Missing Episode creepypasta is rather low. Something like the actual Crybaby Lane movie, sure, but a missing episode full of guts, gore, and decidedly not safe for anybody material would get a kids network in a load of trouble.
  • So Bad, It's Good: It's incredibly dated and could be considered average like an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, but it still has it's fans, especially after the hype it got from the creepypasta.