YMMV / Dark Water

  • Adaptation Displacement: Not many people know that the film is based on a short story.
  • Epileptic Trees: The remake leaves us wondering if Dahlia was imagining the whole haunting due to her stressed mental state, along with accusing Kyle of being "abusive" despite no implication of it. As for why Ceci could see her mother at the end of the film despite being dead could be Ceci herself having gone a bit crazy after what she's endured from Dahlia's paranoia. There's a possibility Dahlia could have suffered from schizophrenia due to her abusive childhood and seemed to have passed it onto Ceci, but it's unknown if that's the case.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In 2013 a body belonging to a woman named Elisa Lam was found in a water tank in a Los Angeles hotel. The body had been left to decompose for as long as 19 days while unknowing guests drank, bathed, and brushed their teeth with the tainted water. Despite being ruled an accident, many unsettling theories sprang up when one of the surveillance videos taken of the woman's last moments had her acting strange and anxious in a malfunctioning elevator, as if being followed by someone or even something (although now it's theorized it was because she had a mental illness). Despite the event occurring many years after the releases of the original and American remake, the disturbing amount of similarities make it seem like it wasn't at all a coincidence.
    • Made worse by the fact that the ruling of "accidental death" makes almost no sense. This means that Elisa, somehow, broke onto the roof through a locked door that you need an employee key for, climbed the cement tanks holding the water without a ladder, managed to open and reseal a fairly large water tank (and she was a fairly thin woman with little to no muscle, based on pictures), took her clothes off before throwing them and her purse into the water tank, and presumably went skinny dipping in the tank until she accidentally drowned, or somehow fell in by accident. Not a very plausible theory. Her phone also mysteriously vanished and was never recovered.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Veeck crosses this in the remake. He knew about Natasha's decomposing body in the water tank, but decided to leave it there because, in his words "It wasn't his job".
  • Nausea Fuel: The water in the apartment is known to be dirty by the residents - Yoshimi even finds a hair in her glass of water early on. The reason for this? There's a decomposing corpse in the water tank.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Kyle in the remake. In comparison to Kunio in the original, Kyle, while still a Jerk Ass, gradually changes and seems more concerned for his daughter's safety, than how Kunio was in the original by making Yoshimi's life miserable.
  • So Okay, It's Average: General consensus feels the 2005 remake stands on it's own compared to the original. While elements were obviously altered, the remake came off as more of a psychological thriller, while the original was a full fledged ghost story.
  • The Woobie: Yoshimi and Dahlia. Ikuko also becomes one.