- Alternative Character Interpretation:
- Wallace's fate in the ending could be looked at as his girlfriend and best friend offering a cruel payback. Lets face it: Wallace wasn't exactly the best person to be around with before he got turned into a walrus, selling out his humanity and making mean-spirited jokes about "weird people" like amputees, plus cheating on his girlfriend. And now he's both not human and an amputee, and his girlfriend has moved on.
- In a similar vein, is Wallace's fate actually a kind of salvation for him? He is shown to be crying, and a flashback juxtaposed to the scene has Ally saying that she was taught that it was good to cry because it showed one's humanity, it is what separates humans from animals. So perhaps becoming a walrus was necessary for Wallace to actually become more human than he had been prior to the change, which also means that Howard actually failed in his ultimate goal to irreversibly change a human being into a full walrus.
- Awesome Music: Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" playing in the climax of the film.
- Crosses the Line Twice: Wallace showing up to the house of the subject of a meme for an interview, only to discover that said subject found the meme so humiliating that he killed himself? Not funny. Wallace calling the guy selfish for making him schlep to Canada for no reason? Now it's funny.
- Jerkass Woobie: Wallace may have been an ass but even he didn't deserve what befall him.
- Nausea Fuel: Wallace's "tusks" being made out of the bones of his amputated legs, for starters.
- Narm: The scariest parts of the movie are also some of the most hilarious, especially the climactic scene - A WALRUS FIIIIGHT! And the narm is completely intentional/expected for once.
- Narm Charm: The movie is still pretty scary, if you're on board with the premise.
- Nightmare Fuel: Being trapped and turned into an animal by a madman. Finding out that your friend/boyfriend has been mutilated and gone crazy.
- So Bad, It's Good: The movie was conceived when Kevin Smith and a buddy started joking about how ridiculous a hypothetical walrus-based horror movie would be. Then they went ahead and made it. Some have cited this as a flaw, saying the real charm to such movies is knowing they were made with complete sincerity, rather than the joke this one is.
- Strawman Has a Point: Can anyone blame the Inspector for opting a Mercy Kill solution to Wallace?
- The Scrappy: The majority of the critics described Johnny Depp's appearance later in the movie ruined the suspense of the film.
- Tear Jerker: Wallace's condition at the end of the movie. Even though he was a jerk, he didn't deserve that.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: One criticism is that an excellent performance by Michael Parks and a grotesque, well-done body horror were ruined by the comedic elements. Instead of a traditional horror-comedy (or even straight up horror movie), it became essentially a comedy, albeit a disturbing one.
- Took the Bad Film Seriously: Michael Parks turns in a very convincingly insane performance, saying the most absurd dialogue with complete and utter conviction. As such, his character is perhaps the most legitimately frightening part of the movie.
YMMV / Tusk