YMMV: In the Mouth of Madness

  • Critical Dissonance: Critics gave this film an average reception, receiving only 47% on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans and viewers called it Carpenter's best film of The Nineties, receiving 71% on the website.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In this movie, a Stephen King expy reveals that his novels are just him channeling the wishes of an eldritch being. A decade later, the real King wrote himself into his Dark Tower series, claiming that his novels are just him channeling the wishes of an eldritch being.
  • Jerk Stu: Trent is deliberately set up like this in order to be knocked down.
  • Memetic Mutation: The "Did I ever tell you my favorite color is blue" scene is a minor meme on the net.
  • Narm: If you've seen other horror movies, particularly other works of Clive Barker, this one will seem, well, silly in comparison. Possibly due to the more subtle Cosmic Horror genre becoming Hollywood Horror.
    For example: the bicyclist who is passed on the highway more than once! Then the last time he's accidentally run into by the car, but he's OK and wanders off.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jürgen Prochnow and Charlton Heston, both of whom have only a few minutes of screen time. David Warner and John Glover may also qualify.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Your life could be a product of an insane author. The color of your eyes are just his favorite color.
    • The movie adaptation of the Sutter Cane's book that slowly makes you insane and turns you into a monster? You just watched it.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The paper boy who Trent meets after he leaves Hobb's End? Yep, that's Hayden Christensen.
  • Special Effect Failure: Linda's bloody tears.