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YMMV / The Snowman (2017)

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  • Award Snub: Razzie-related example: Despite the film's overwhelming negative reception from both audiences and critics, it wasn't nominated for worst picture.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The use of Massive Attack's "Voodoo In My Blood" in the first trailer is incredibly eerie, and helps set the tone for the entire trailer.
    • The final film's score by veteran composer Marco Beltrami is fittingly haunting and eerie, especially in the scene where Sylvia Ottersen gets decapitated by the killer.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The film has quite a few scenes that go nowhere and are never mentioned again due to its Troubled Production. One such scene shows Idar Vetlesen painting his toenails, with the camera explicitly focusing on it.
  • Memetic Mutation: Multiple:
    • Quite a few jokes have been made in the YouTube comment section for the trailer about Olaf being the killer.
    • The snowman on one poster became a popular meme, and it has been compared to the Hot Choclety Milk spider by a few people.
    • The "Mister Police" tagline has been widely parodied, especially once the film itself came out and it turned out that, contrary to the advertising, the killer did not actually give any clues.
  • Narm:
    • The film takes a novel in a popular book series known for being darkly humorous in a Martin Scorsese style (Scorsese was originally going to direct this) and insists on playing everything dead seriously. This is especially bad with the main character's name, which the author specifically designed to be awkward in English. And rather amusingly, the film doesn't pronounce Harry's name as it would be in Norwegian, but rather as in English.
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    • The infamous snowman drawing on the main poster is supposed to come across as the drawings of a disturbing Psychopathic Manchild, but the total lack of any other menacing elements and the snowman's dopey, wall-eyed stare just makes it hilarious. The fact that it's an element present only in the film doesn't help.
    • Katrine is found dead in Harry's car, but before then, she was merely injected with a tranquiliser and had her finger cut off. It comes off so abrupt it becomes amusing.
    • It can be difficult to take Gert Rafto's scenes seriously due to the poor over-dubbing of Val Kilmer's dialogue.
  • Narm Charm: This exchange could have been ridiculous, but there's something both sad and sweet about it:
    Harry: Why did he call you Cloudberry?
    Katrine: *tearing up* Because I... like cloudberry jam on ice-cream.
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  • Nightmare Retardant: Some reviewers pointed out that, try as they might in this movie, snowmen aren't scary, particularly ones that for some reason are shown with either a frown or no expression at all. It doesn't help that the source material played this aspect of the plot for Black Comedy rather than for drama.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The killer reports one of his future victims missing before he kills her and he does so shortly after Harry and Katrine meet with her, leading Harry to realise that he was watching them and waiting for them to leave. He also breaks into Harry's home in disguise as a mould remover without Harry realising.
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • Not the film itself, but Val Kilmer has a bizarre role in the film as another Defective Detective whose few lines are badly over-dubbed (Kilmer had throat cancer at the time of filming), with one reviewer saying he laughed during his scenes and calling him "stupendously awful".
    • Some reviewers have said that some of the moments that are clearly meant to be horrifying or disturbing are so ridiculous that they come off as unintentionally hilarious.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The film has a very impressive cast playing potentially interesting characters but the flaws in the script and production hamper them badly. The fact that much of the content of the original novel is missing in the final product doesn't help.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Val Kilmer was cast in a speaking role, despite being unable to speak due to cancer treatment and looking very sickly.


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