The movie

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: A few for La Femme. Many feel that La Femme (including her actress Beatrice Dalle) is misunderstood given what happened to her and that she isn't necessarily "evil". Another theory floating around (due to Sarah's comment about there being no survivors) is that she died in the car accident and is a ghost haunting Sarah.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Sarah has a dream where she starts vomiting, followed by her baby bursting out of her mouth.
  • Evil Is Sexy: There's probably quite a few people who answered "Me!" to Sarah's rhetorical "What kind of man would fuck a maniac like you?"
  • Faux Symbolism: The house number being 666, coupled with the Christmas setting and the seemingly teased Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane.
  • Foe Yay: In one scene, Le Femme gets unsettlingly intimate with Sarah.
    • Later on, when Sarah is about to give birth, La Femme comforts her and tells her that she's right here...while cutting open her stomach with a pair of scissors.
  • Narm: The third officer returning to life, and almost every scene with Abdel.
  • Nausea Fuel: So much gore.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Watching this while pregnant is ill-advised, doubly so, since these sorts of things happen in real life.
  • Special Effects Failure: The in-utero baby, and a brief shot of the Aerosol Flamethrower.
  • Squick: The very concept.
  • The Woobie: Sarah.

The video game

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Everyone, thanks to absolutely no information being provided on anything which also leads to some large Epileptic Trees. Is the MC a real person or just another controlled husk? Are the people you see evil? Are you the good guy? Is the Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl another bad guy or trying to help but doesn't understand your need to breathe? Is there more than one ghost girl? Is the boy taking over the blob part of the organization's entire plan?
  • Demonic Spiders: The dogs, full stop. They're faster than you, they're extremely deadly and want nothing more than to see you dead. The only way to get away from them is put some obstacle (like a pit or a barricade) between you and them.
  • Iron Woobie: Your character takes a LOT of punishment, particularly from falling, and the game lets you know it.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks: Much like Limbo: while most everyone likes the game, some are divided on the pricepoint being too high for how long the game is: 2-3 hours for around 20$ USD.
  • Memetic Mutation: "10/10, I refuse to tell you anything more" or variations ended up as this, due to the sheer number of early reviews that refused to reveal the game's story.
  • Nightmare Fuel: It's a spiritual successor to Limbo, and carries with it the same sense of understated horror.
  • Scenery Porn: See Visual Effects of Awesome below. The vignettes in this game really justify the six year development time. Much like Limbo, critics have described the world and its environment as "beautifully bleak"; in other words, the game fleshes out how bleak settings have their own beauty to appreciate.
  • Signature Scene: The shockwave machine area.
  • Squick: Before you get too far in this game, you will have pulled a giant living worm parasite from the anus of a pig.
    • Then there's the poor bastard you crush when you're in the Body of Bodies. SQUISH.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: PLAYDEAD excels at animations once again, and the use of lighting and particle effects creates some absolutely beautiful locations.