YMMV / Hausu

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Arguably the entire film (or its latter half at least) could be considered a series of BLAMs, but of particular note is a part where an old man eating noodles leans into the shot, and then it transitions to a scene in a roadside noodle shop where he's eating noodles alongside Mr. Togo (on his way to the house), and for some reason one of the noodle cooks is a bear. Aside from Mr. Togo's presence in the scene, it has nothing at all to do with the rest of the movie
  • Ear Worm: As sure as cherries were made for eatin', and fish were made to swim in the sea...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Kung Fu is by far the most popular of the girls.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Mac is portrayed as being a human blimp with an insatiable appetite. Really, though, she's only very slightly thicker than any of the other characters.
  • Narm Charm: But of course, it's still awesome anyway.
  • Nightmare Fuel: As per the Surreal Horror style, the entire film comes off like a horrific LSD trip, only with perhaps more severed body parts. Trying to figure out a workable context for what the viewer's eyes will see just causes their brain to throw back an error message, so the movie achieves its scares simply by making no sense whatsoever.
  • Special Effect Failure and Visual Effects of Awesome: Even moreso than in the Evil Dead films; the special effects won't win any prizes for realism (especially the scenes that are green-screened), but they are compellingly over-the-top, original, unpredictable, and freaky that you can't help but be impressed by them. Word of God says that this is intentional; the film's effects are intended to look unrealistic, as if a child made them.
  • Uncanny Valley
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Most of the weirdest sequences in the film are courtesy of director Nobuhiko Obayashi's young daughter Chigumi, with whom he and screenwriter Chiho Katsura frequently consulted while making the film. Nobuhiki Obayashi's reasoning for this was to make a horror film based on the things that actually scared real children (he believed adults come up with ideas that have a logical explanation, while children "can come up with things that can't be explained").