These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Hype Backlash: Although by most standards it is a very good movie, people expecting to be given heart attacks on the spot might be disappointed if they've heard too much about it.
Love It or Hate It: In spite of good reviews and having its fans, some didn't like the movie upon its release. In fact, the first film was nominated for Worst Picture by the Golden Raspberry Awards and Heather Donahue even won for Worst Actress.
Heather's apology is a chilling scene, but the booger hanging off of her nose has taken more than a few people out of it. Scary Movie parodied it by having a geyser of snot pouring out of Cheri Oteri's nose during its take on the scene.
From the second film:
"Yes, Erica, they're mytapes!"
"I swear to Christ!"
Paranoia Fuel: Try going to the woods after watching this movie and not feeling like something's watching you...
Rewatch Bonus: A lot if you check out the tie-in materials and backstory. If you know a certain aspect of the Rustin Parr story, (that he marked the graves of the people he killed with piles of stones), then you'll discover that the characters were doomed from the start.
Seinfeld Is Unfunny: In these days of dime-a-dozen "found footage" horror movies, it can be pretty hard to remember just how innovative the gimmick was in 1999.
Sequelitis: While the first film is divisive, the sequel has very few defenders. Rotten Tomatoes gives the first movie a 85% Fresh rating and the second movie a 13% Rotten rating, while their IMDb scores are, respectively, 6.4 and 4.0.
Signature Scene: The apology scene, quoted atop the work page, in which the camera focuses on half of Heather's face as she stammers through an apology, alone and scared out of her mind.