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 goddamn sense at all.
    • Although for some the movie is total Nightmare Retardant, for pretty much the same reasons.
    • That damn cat's Nightmare Face is almost objectively frightening, though.
  • 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, but they are compellingly over-the-top, original, unpredictable, and freaky.
  • 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, who he and screenwriter Chiho Katsura frequently consulted with while making the film. Obayashi's reasoning for this? He wanted 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 explaination, while children "can come up with things that can't be explained."