YMMV / The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Rather than, Francis imagining the whole story, it was all an elaborate role-play by the Director to try and understand Francis's delusions. Similar in vein to Shutter Island.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Francis’ story ends in a mental hospital, going back to the original setting of him talking to a man in the park, and, as the film is fairly short, you’d probably recall all too easily at this point that the man got Francis to tell his story by telling him about ghosts harassing him, so the twist is incredibly predictable and turns the Wham Shot of the mental hospital and the characters from Francis’ story into a somewhat underwhelming ‘wham’.
  • Ending Fatigue: We see the Twist Ending. Then we see the asylum. We see all the patients who appeared in Francis’ story and then some. Then it gets inverted: the head of the asylum declares he can cure Francis, and the film ends abruptly.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Cesare isn't on screen for very long but he's arguably the most memorable character in the film.
  • It Was His Sled: The events of the movie are just ramblings of a madman.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: One hundred years happened, and none of the effects that were influential in the film are that influential anymore. See The Untwist and Captain Obvious Reveal.
  • The Untwist: It's obvious that the murders are conducted by Cesare, under Dr. Caligari's orders. It's actually a Red Herring for the real twist, that the entire scenario was All Just a Dream.