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- Adaptation Displacement: Few fans of Suspiria are aware that this is supposed to be a sequel (to be fair, the two films have little in common plotwise, other than the overarching mythology, which Suspiria makes almost no reference to). The third film remedies this by directly referencing the plots of the previous two. However, fewer still are aware of the Thomas De Quincey poem, "Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow", on which the mythology is based.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Mater Lachrymarum is heavily implied to be hypnotic and meddling in Mark's life while in Rome. How much of what follows is someone else's idea?
- Anti-Climax Boss: Mater Tenebrarum, whose demise occurs due to an accident earlier in the film.
- Never Found the Body, though. Tenebrarum's death is far from clear, as she simply vanishes amid rising flames. She'd previously disappeared and reappeared in a mirror just a scene prior, and her transformation into Death presumably makes her more difficult to kill than Suspiriorum in the previous film.
- Awesome Music: The theme.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Mater Lachrymarum
- Evil Is Sexy: The mysterious woman in the music school who Word of God later confirmed was Mater Lachrymarum.
- Perhaps not sexy, but Mater Tenebrarum is revealed to be especially pretty.
- Narm: "Help help, the rats are eating me!"
- The cat attack. The close-ups of the cats' mouths are more cute than scary.
- Special Effects Failure: The cat scene as well as a few others.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: One of the Spider-Man tie-in issues mentions that one of the side effects of the event is that the Daily Bugle's presses spontaneously started printing porn.
- Idiot Plot:
- ...So, nobody thought to check out Madelyne's DNA to see if it matched Jean's?
- Why didn't Sinister just use Cyclops and Jean's DNA to create the baby instead of going to such convoluted extremes? Made even worse because that's exactly what he does in the Alternate Reality crossover, The Age of Apocalypse.
- Chalk it up to being written in the 1980s before "CSI" made everyone an inexpert forensic scientist. DNA testing was advanced significantly in the 1990s, which coincides with its appearance in many crime shows.
- Moral Event Horizon: An attempt to kill a dozen innocent babies including your own infant son just has to count as this.
- Nightmare Fuel: Many instances, but particularly when Madelyne tries to kill her own baby.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The demon chessmaster N'Astirh is introduced, and killed, in this story arc. Given that he's just another magic-user, fans who think Belasco, the sorcerer who turned Illyana into Magik in the first place, should have returned for this instead consider his introduction to be this.
The Game Mod
- Best Level Ever: "Nemesis", the penultimate mission in the original story, has been praised as one of the finest Battle of Endor missions the community has ever produced.
- Demonic Spiders: The Vindhacyl bomber. Uniquely, it's only so because of how hard it makes any Escort Mission. Inferno-issue super-painful bombs, a not-shabby beam cannon in a forward turret, and ridiculous amounts of shield HP make it nightmarish to fight in an interceptor because you just can't hurt the thing.
- Only the Author Can Save Them Now: What exactly humanity was supposed to do against something like the Gargant was never really answered. Whether the Gargant still exists is also up in the air.
- That One Level: "Nemesis" is also considered this by many, because of its sheer length (playthroughs can run as high as 25 or 30 minutes) and existing long prior to a practical "checkpoint" system like in Blue Planet to allow restarting from mid-mission.